Popeye’s won their first game of the season, blowing away the previously undefeated Home Gas “Hot Shots”, 16-4.
Popeye’s pitcher Mark “The Kraken” Chow, pitching for his new team, dominated Home Gas, striking out nine of 19 batters faced before the Easter break. Key defensive plays were also made by second baseman Pablo Bertran, who tagged out a runner attempting to steal second and first baseman Sean “Big Papi” McField, who put out three at first.
Dominic Pouchie had a big night of offence for Popeye’s at the Field of Dreams facility, batting in four runs and scoring three himself, while going 4-for-4 at the plate. Eric Bogess and Francisco “Dido” Fuentes also helped themselves to some of the “rib-eye steaks” and had multiple runs batted in during the game.
Highlights for Home Gas were few and far between, but included a home run from Finigan Huffington in the first inning and a couple of good defensive plays by third baseman Piat Coulbourne. Play in the AAA Division of the 2013 Cayman Islands Little League season resumes next Tuesday, 9 April, when Lindsay Fiduciary Services face Home Gas.
Lindsay Fiduciary are coming off a 14-2 victory over Popeye’s before the Easter break. The young financiers have had a roller coaster campaign, winning the fourth game after a loss-win-loss early season performance.
Left-handed starting pitcher Ryan van der Bol was dealing, recording several strikeouts through four innings. Van der Bol mystified Popeye’s batters with his devastating cut fastball, which started on the outside of the plate and ran in on right-handed hitters. On the few occasions that Popeye’s batters made contact, his fielders were on their toes behind him.
Marquis Manahan patrolled centre field and made a great catch at the fence. Rookie second baseman Joshua Whittaker also had a stellar night.