The Cayman Islands Little League Single A Division was rocking to its core as Teams Vigoro and KPMG turned the table upside down to make the championship game.
In the first semifinal last week, Team Vigoro, winless during the regular season, followed up their wild card win the week before against Team Pizza Hut by pulling off an enormous upset, defeating the top seeded regular season champions Team Cashwiz.
Vigoro had outstanding pitching from both Joanky Montero and Nathan Balon as well as great catching from Micaiah Jeremiah and Rashaad Powery. Pierre Sokohl flashed his glove in the outfield and prevented a seemingly certain home run whilst Kaiden Manderson put his body on the line, taking a hard shot in the chest knocking down a possible home run and hanging in there to finish the play.
After scoring five in the first, it was inevitable that the very strong Cashwiz team would mount a comeback and so it proved, with Vigoro just holding on 7-5 for the win.
In the second semifinal, KPMG just edged the Crossfit 7 Milers in a battle between two teams locked together all season in the standings. Both teams came out swinging and put the pressure on the pitching staffs. All the hard work throughout the season showed with the pitchers throwing strikes, the batters hitting consistently and the fielders making great plays.
Offensively, Crossfit 7 Milers got several hits and good base running by Jathan Barnes, Devon Woods, Rohan Antonez-Smith and Oliver Johns. The 7 Milers started right hand pitcher Ryan Godwin, who threw two complete innings followed by middle reliever Matthew Dube.
Brad Lansdell was the closer and shut the door with a perfect inning striking out three batters in a row. KPMG were not to be denied however and scored seven runs to book their place in the finals last Friday night at the Field of Dreams.
Teams Cashwiz and Crossfit 7 Milers went out fighting for third place while the glory game between Vigoro and KPMG was set to produce one of the most stunning championship results in Cayman Little League history.