It’s been barely over a month since they were crowned but the latest champs of co-ed softball are still on cloud nine.
The Cayman Islands Little League Association’s 2013 Winter Adult Coed Softball League produced four winners across its divisions in A League champions KPMG A, Coors Light Chuggers (B League), PwC B (C League) and The Misfits (D League).
Doug Harrell led KPMG to victory over Home Gas, a storied dynasty in co-ed softball with 11 titles to their name, who took out the accountants in last season’s final. Harrell states revenge at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town was sweet.
“We were over the moon because they have been the dominant team for several years,” Harrell said. “However, we had beaten them three out of the four games we had played this season before the championship game so we came into the game with a bit of confidence.
“We were the champions of the AA League for the Spring 2012 season and we were in the championship game of the A League in the Fall of 2012 so it seemed like a natural progression to win the A League championship.”
For Coors Light, it was a tale of utter dominance as the side went 14-1-1 in the regular season and playoffs combined. Mark Wallace served as team cocaptain and states it all came down to defence.
“I’ve been stressing defence and timely hitting all season long,” Wallace said. “During the play-offs, we did exactly that.”
PwC B were another strong squad to end up on top. The accountants would win the regular season crown at 9-2, ahead of Krystle Barrett’s 8-4 team Dart, before beating Dart in the final, 21-12. Among the stars for PwC was slugger Chris Orlandini, who states emerging champions was a long road.
“It’s a great feeling to take home the title after putting in so much time and effort over the course of a long season,” Orlandini said. “We came close last year, which makes it all the sweeter this year to finish the job.
“This year we focused a lot on timely hitting and solid defence. I think the key to both staying in close games and winning games for us was being able to limit the other team’s rallies and then come back the next at bat and put up a crooked number.”
All of those squads will soon be on the field again. The 2013 Fall season is slated to start on 22 July with the captain’s meeting on 8 July.