Wildcats and Patriots swing away

The CADC Stingers made an impressive start to their title defence.

CADC defeated their arch rivals, the Caledonian Wildcats, 12-2, at the Field of Dreams facility. The match served as the season opener for the women’s division of the Cayman Islands Softball Association 2013 fast-pitch league and ended early due to a mercy rule.

The Stingers were firing on all cylinders last Saturday under coaches Robbie Cribb Sr. and John Cridland. Leadoff hitter Lori Moncrieffe set the tone early, with base hits in her first two plate appearances. Moncrieffe’s smashes would energise the offence, as Emma Connolly, Samantha Cridland and Rachael Manderson delivered good at bats.

Defensively, flag footballer Stephanie Watler made spectacular plays on the left side of the infield, especially at third base. Adding to Watler’s efforts would be the solid relief pitching of Jessica Pawlik, as she produced a number of strikeouts.

The Stingers and Wildcats were not the only fast-pitch squads swinging away over the weekend. On Sunday, the men’s league was in action at the softball field in West Bay (which is located beside the Jimmy Powell Cricket Oval on Dill Lane). League leaders Jose’s Escape Pirates, 3-0, faced the 0-2 Redimix Patriots.

Jose’s Escape displayed plenty of star talent, like basketball star Sandi Jiminez, flag footballer Albert Whittaker and local baseball legend Johnny Johnson Sr. The Patriots, who won in 2011 and 2012 while sponsored by West Indie Marine, looked impressive with a slew of capable veterans like home run king Bradimir Robinson, Peter Whittaker and Jayson Gonzalez.

Fast-pitch action is on tap every weekend with the ladies swinging away at the Field of Dreams on Saturdays at 8pm and the men storming West Bay on Sundays from 2.30pm.

For more information on fast-pitch softball, contact league coordinator Marlon Thomas at 925-3468 or e-mail [email protected]

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