Cayman Islands Little League Girls Softball wound up the regular season with a pair of entertaining games.
On field one, Island Cleaners overcame a 6-0 first inning deficit to defeat first place Green Light Re 12-9 on 15 May. Green Light got off to a fast start, scoring six runs on key hits by Liz Westin and Emma Conolly following a few walks. Island Cleaners scored one run in the bottom of the first, but their bats really heated up in the second.
Krystal Arch led off with a single and after a couple of walks, the hits kept coming. Jessica Bodden singled in two runs, followed by a two-run double by Tishunda Prendergast. Zorie McBean and Kianda Parchmont added run scoring singles, giving Island Cleaners six runs in the inning to take the lead.
Green Light came back with three runs in the third, led by Conolly’s home run to left field and Brielle Watler’s two-run single up the middle. In the bottom of the third, Island Cleaners rallied for five more runs, aided by several walks. Prendergast had another huge hit, driving in two more runs.
Amazingly, the inning ended when Green Light turned a triple play! With the bases loaded, Maya Smith caught McBean’s liner, stepped on third then fired to first to complete the rarest of plays.
On field two, Al La Kebab squeaked past Global Captive Management 3-2 in a game that featured great pitching by both teams. Alikie Kandler pitched three scoreless innings for GCM and she scored a first inning run to give her team the early lead. The score remained the same until the fourth inning, thanks to tremendous pitching by Alisha Forbes and Lacee Hydes of Al La Kebab and a fine double play turned by second baseman Deandra Whiteman.
The score turned around for Al La Kebab in the fourth inning. Yoany Ebanks and Kacie Ramos reached base and Hydes hammered a ball down the left field line for a three-run inside the park homer. In the top of the fifth, Tariah Lemay scored for GCM to make it 3-2 and GCM loaded the bases with just one out. Hydes then calmly struck out the next two batters to end the game.
The final standings for the regular season, which show wins, losses and ties, saw Green Light Re out front with a record of 10-4-1, followed by Al La Kebab at 6-7-2, Island Cleaners at 6-7-2 and Global Captive Management at 5-9-1. Remarkably, Green Light won eight of their ten games by either one or two runs.
The teams have their tournament games this week, with the all-star game to follow next Wednesday, 29 May.
The public is reminded that all Little Leaguers are currently selling tickets for the annual “Continue the Dream” fundraiser, which takes place on Saturday, 1 June. The public’s support allows Little League to remain free for hundreds of children each season. Tickets are only $10 and the top prize is $10,000 cash.
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