The Redimix Patriots looked far from a championship team earlier this month.
The squad got off to an 0-3 start in the men’s division of the Cayman Islands Softball Association 2013 fast-pitch league. Thanks to three straight victories, the two-time reigning champions are back in contention.
Jayson “Papi” Gonzalez is a Patriots veteran and said the team is now confident in a third consecutive title.
“We started out slow with a lot of new players,” Gonzalez said. “Week by week we got better, played better defence and hit the ball better. We’re still very confident we’ll be victorious and champs once again.”
The Patriots were the male champs in 2011 and 2012 while sponsored by West Indie Marine. Leading the side has been veterans like home run king Bradimir Robinson and Peter Whittaker.
Gonzalez sees his 3-3 Patriots in second place. The squad trails the 6-1 Jose’s Escape Pirates and 1-6 Donald Watler’s Latinos.
All are in action this Sunday, 28 April, at the softball field in West Bay (which is located beside the Jimmy Powell Cricket Oval on Dill Lane) from 2.30pm. The Patriots, affectionately called team Colombia by participants, have a double-header against Pirates, often called team Nicaragua and then Latinos, often called team Cuba.
Look for notable talents like Alexis Camacho of the Patriots and the Pirates’ Sandi Jiminez, Mel Omier and Albert Whittaker to be on display.
In the female division, early focus is on the Cayman Auto Diagnostic Clinic Stingers. The reigning champions have dominated the women’s group early on, winning their first two games over the Caledonian Wildcats and Carneth Thomas’ Team Extreme, both 0-1-1.
Steadying the Stingers are Jessica Pawlik, Lori Moncrieffe and Emma Connolly. All are under the guidance of coaches Robbie Cribb Sr and John Cridland.
For more information, e-mail league coordinator Marlon Thomas at [email protected]