Lindsay Fiduciary Services were set for a lengthy win streak.
Pitcher Ryan van der Bol had improved during a two-game winning streak and the offence had come alive under coach Vernie Coe. Popeye’s would end those vibes and the win steak last Saturday, beating LFS, 15-5, at Field of Dreams.
Fresh off his upset win over the Home Gas Hot Shots, Popeye’s pitcher Mark “The Kraken” Chow earned his second victory by striking out nine over four innings, while assisting in putting out two at first.
Dane “Scrappy Doo” Muspratt had a good night at the plate and got on base three times for Popeye’s. Muspratt had a walk and two singles and also scored twice when Dominic Pouchie and Sean McField drove in both runs.
LFS were looking for their third straight win, but it was not to be. The side was struck out in order in the first inning and the second inning was not much better as centre fielder Marquis Manahan was stranded on the bases. LFS would not score until the third, when third baseman Mikeal Taylor crossed the plate.
The game got away from LFS over the next few innings as Popeye’s run count continued to climb and they weren’t able to answer until the fourth when runs were scored by van der Bol, Manahan, Bruce Hayles and Omar Sanchez.
LFS were coming off a 5-1 victory over Home Gas on Tuesday, which marked the restart of AAA Division action after a two-week break in the 2013 Cayman Islands Little League season. For LFS, it was back-to-back victories for the first time this season, while handing Home Gas their second defeat in as many games.
The LFS offence converted two singles and five walks into five runs scored over the first two innings and the defence made the runs stand up, restricting Home Gas to only one. LFS battery mates van der Bol and catcher Christian Merren were responsible for 12 outs between them.
Van Der Bol struck out seven and put out one at first, while Merren cut down three at the plate and threw out a runner attempting to steal third. Third baseman Taylor put out a runner at third and second baseman Josh Whittaker used his speed and agility to tag out a runner caught in a run down between first and second.
Home Gas was able to get a few runners on base, but they kept running into LFS tags. On defence, Home Gas catcher Daniel Reid put out two at home plate and pitcher Kevin Weber struck out four in two innings of work and picked off a runner at third.
Reliable LFS centre fielder Manahan caught a flyball in right centre for the final out and was doused with Gatorade at the end of the game by coach Coe as a sign of appreciation for his stellar work.
The pressure is now on Popeye’s to maintain their win streak as they remain the only team in the division with a win in their last game and the other two teams are now hungry for a taste of some Louisiana fried chicken. Division play continues on Tuesday and Saturday from 6.30 to 8pm.