Stingers one strike away from more glory on the diamond

Local fast-pitch softball is heading toward the postseason. 

The Cayman Islands Softball Association women’s league is nearing its end as playoffs will begin this coming weekend. 

The season saw the defending champions, the Cayman Auto Diagnostic Clinic Stingers, getting a bye for the finals by remaining in the lead for the entire season. Leading the Stingers has been a veteran group of players such as Stephanie Watler, Jessica Pawlik and Lori Moncrieffe. 

CADC’s rivals for the finals will be determined by the winner of this Saturday’s clash between Caledonian Group Wildcats and Cayman National Bank Team Xtreme. Wildcats and Team Xtreme will be facing each other in a one-game playoff on Saturday, 29 June, at 7pm at the Field of Dreams facility. The finals will consist of a best-of-three series. 

In the association’s male league, Jose’s Escape Pirates, popularly called Team Nicaragua, have been in the lead since the beginning of the season. Team Nicaragua have been showcasing power in their bats by the likes of Byron Bravo, Santos Castro and Arebalo Alcala, as well as defensive strength with guys like Johnny Johnson Sr. and Denis Martinez. 

Peter Whittaker’s Redimix Patriots, popularly called Team Colombia, and Donald Watler’s Latinos, popularly called Team Cuba, have been chasing the Pirates all season at the West Bay softball field next to Jimmy Powell Cricket Oval. Male matches continue on Sundays at 2.30pm. 

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Jessica Pawlik has her Stingers in prime position as postseason action heats up. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES
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