Cayman National Bank Team Xtreme are on the verge of softball glory.
CNB defeated the Cayman Auto Diagnostic Clinic Stingers, 34-20, last Saturday at the Field of Dreams. The contest served as Game One in the best-of-three finals for the women’s division of the Cayman Islands Softball Association 2013 fast-pitch league.
Team Xtreme put on a convincing performance as Breana Welds, Carneth Thomas and Diane Wells guided the squad on offence and defence. The side will look to close out the series in Game Two this Saturday, 13 July, at 7.30pm in George Town.
CNB have been on a roll since beating the Caledonian Group Wildcats, 15-14, in the first round of the playoffs.
For the Stingers, the defending champions, it is a wake-up call. CADC, behind talents like Tamika Ebanks and Lori Moncrieffe, breezed through the regular season to earn the top seed and a berth in the finals. Now, Jessica Pawlik and coaches Robbie Cribb Sr. and John Cridland will have to step up to force a decisive Game Three next Saturday.
In the male division, Jose’s Escape Pirates, popularly called Team Nicaragua, are in a commanding lead behind the likes of Johnny Johnson Sr. and Denis Martinez.
However, the regular season does not end until September, so there is time for Peter Whittaker’s Redimix Patriots, popularly called Team Colombia, and Donald Watler’s Latinos, popularly called Team Cuba, to make a run at the Pirates on the West Bay softball field next to the Jimmy Powell Cricket Oval. Male matches continue on Sundays at 2.30pm.
Aside from the league, the association will be focusing on fundraising events for Cayman’s male and female teams taking part in the 34th annual Nicaraguan International Softball Tournament in Miami on 30 August to 2 September.
For more information, email league coordinator Marlon Thomas at [email protected]