Cayman Islands Little League girls softball had an exciting end-of-season tournament last week, with Island Cleaners claiming the championship over regular season winners Greenlight Re.
The first round of games was held on 21 May at Field of Dreams. Greenlight outlasted a determined Global Captive Management, 8-7. Alexis McDonald, Abi Onfroy and Maya Smith scored two runs each for Greenlight, who took an early 5-1 lead. The situation looked bleak for GCM heading into the fourth inning, but their bats came alive.
Alikie Kandler, Tariah Lemay, Erynn Walton, Abi Cunningham and Mikayla Hydes all scored to give GCM a 6-5 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Smith scored her second run of the contest for Greenlight to tie the game, forcing an extra inning.
Kandler’s superb baserunning allowed GCM to take the lead by one, but Kristi Welds calmly struck out the final hitter with the bases loaded to limit the damage. In the bottom of the fifth, Onfroy scored to tie the game and Greenlight subsequently loaded the bases. A patient at bat by Demi Bush resulted in a walk, which allowed teammate Liz Westin to score the winning run.
In the other first round game, Krystal Arch had three hits with six runs batted in and Samantha Cridland pitched three scoreless innings with four strikeouts to lead Island Cleaners to a convincing 13-3 victory over Al La Kebab. Island Cleaners took a quick 2-0 lead as Jessica Bodden blasted a two-run triple to left field.
In the bottom of the first inning, Al La Kebab came back to take a 3-2 lead with Kenniza Anderson lining a two-run single to right field. After that it was all Island Cleaners as Arch belted an inside the park homer and teammates Kianda Parchmont and Zorie McBean added big run scoring hits.
Island Cleaners scored four runs in each of the third and fourth innings to pull away. With the victory, Island Cleaners secured a place against Greenlight in the final.
The championship took place on 25 May. Island Cleaners continued their hot play, scoring six runs in the second and five more in the fifth as they cruised to the championship victory, 15-5. Greenlight took the early lead as Liz Westin and Kristi Welds scored runs on an Emma Conolly hit and a fielding error. In the key second inning, Island Cleaners loaded the bases and Jessica Bodden and Krystal Morales followed with RBI ground outs.
After three walks, Arch had a two-run single, but Parchmont was tagged out at third trying for extra bases. In the third inning, Island Cleaners continued to add on runs. With two runners on base, Bodden hit an RBI-single to centre. Two batters later, with two out, Tishunda Prendergast smacked a two-run single to left.
In the fourth, Island Cleaners was able to load the bases and score a run on two walks and two errors by Greenlight. In the final inning, RBI singles by Arch and Quianna Bennette extended the lead. In the bottom of the fifth, Arch retired the last two batters to end the game.
The consolation game saw GCM outlast Al La Kebab, 11-10, in a see-saw battle. Kayla Whittaker hit two home runs as she and teammate Kandler scored three runs each to lead the way for GCM. Kacie Ramos and Alisha Forbes scored three runs each for Al La Kebab to pace their attack. At the end of three innings the score was tied 5-5.
In the fourth, GCM took an 8-5 lead, with Whittaker driving in the big runs. In the bottom of the inning, Al La Kebab rallied to take a 10-8 advantage, as they sent nine batters to the plate, with Lashae Ebanks smacking a two-run double. In the deciding fifth inning, Erynn Walton’s seeing-eye single scored Jenneska Johnson and Kandler to give GCM the 11-10 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Whittaker struck out the final batter with two runners on base to preserve the victory for GCM.
The girls played their all-star game on 29 May and they will have two final games on Saturday, 1 June, at 4.30pm.
Tickets are still available for the annual “Continue the Dream” fundraiser, which takes place this Saturday. The public’s support allows Little League to remain free for hundreds of children. Tickets are only $10 and the top prize is $10,000 cash.
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