After struggling during the first month of the season, Al La Kebab won two big games in past weeks to earn second place in the standings in Cayman Islands Little League Girls Softball.
Al La Kebab defeated Global Captive Management 9-8 in a real nail biter this month. GCM took an early 6-2 lead as Jenneska Johnson, Alikie Kandler and Ebonee Walton each scored two runs. Kacie Ramos and LaShae Ebanks kept Al La Kebab in the game by turning a smooth double play at second base.
Ramos scored two runs and she also had two huge hits to left field, driving in key runs. Alisha Forbes also scored two runs and got some key outs at pitcher.
In the bottom of the third inning, Al La Kebab sent nine batters to the plate with Yoany Ebanks, Hannah Welcome, Tashaunda Hurlston and Deandra Whiteman all scoring to give their team the lead for good. GCM battled back with two runs in the fourth inning but it wasn’t enough as Al La Kebab held on for the one run victory.
The other game this month saw first place Green Light Re taking on Island Cleaners. The game was tied 2-2 after three innings before Island Cleaners exploded for five runs in the fourth, giving them a 7-2 win. Quianna Bennette pitched the first two innings for Island Cleaners, giving up just one run in the second on a two out single by Demi Bush.
Island Cleaners scored in the first on Krystal Arch’s two-run RBI single to centre field but Green Light’s pitcher, Kristi Welds, kept Island Cleaners scoreless in the second and third innings. In the deciding fourth inning, the first three Island Cleaners batters drew walks, followed by Dru Bodden and Jessica Bodden with RBI singles.
After a strikeout and a RBI walk, Kianda Parchment added the big hit with a two-run RBI double to left centre. In the top of the fifth, Samantha Cridland continued her good pitching for Island Cleaners. Facing the top of Green Light’s order, Samantha got three quick outs, with Zorie McBean catching a line drive at second base to end the game.
Games continued two Saturdays ago. On field one, red hot Al La Kebab thumped Island Cleaners 16-7. Al La Kebab had two huge innings, scoring nine runs in the first and seven more in the third. Ramos led the way with three hits, four runs batted in and two runs scored. Her big hit was a triple down the right field line, which cleared the bases.
In the top of second inning, Island Cleaners started with a strikeout, a walk and a single. After two more walks, Cridland hit a double to centre followed by Arch’s single, giving Island Cleaners five runs in the frame. Al La Kebab got seven runs off two hits, two walks and a few key errors in the third inning. By the time the final out had been recorded, the time limit was reached, which allowed Al La Kebab to celebrate their big win.
In the other game, first place Green Light Re took on GCM, who were battling a few injuries. Green Light blazed to an early 7-2 lead, led by Emma Conolly’s towering three-run homer to left field and the power pitching of Welds. Conolly and Welds led Green Light with two runs apiece, while Abi Onfroy, Maya Smith and Ashleigh Chin each scored a run.
Heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, GCM were trailing 7-3. Rejah Welcome, Abigail Cunningham and Daina Levy each reached base, setting the stage for the drama which followed. Tariah Lemay had a tough at bat and eventually reached on an infield hit.
Green Light tried for the out at home, but Welcome was safe. Green Light then fired the ball towards first, as Lemay had gone half way to second. The throw sailed into right field and all runners scored, to tie the game at 7-7.
In spite of a double by Erynn Walton later in the inning, Green Light’s Welds calmly got the top two GCM batters out, via a pop fly to shortstop and a strikeout, to end the contest. The game ended in a 7-7 tie, due to time constraints.
The public are reminded that all Little Leaguers are currently selling tickets for the annual “Continue the Dream” fundraiser, which takes place on Saturday, 1 June. Tickets are only $10 and the top prize is $10,000 cash