The Cayman Auto Diagnostic Clinic Stingers remain the cream of the crop in women’s softball.
CADC won their second straight national championship by defeating Cayman National Bank Team Xtreme, 4-3, last Saturday at the Field of Dreams. The contest served as Game Three in the best-of-three finals for the women’s division of the Cayman Islands Softball Association 2013 fast-pitch league.
Marlon Thomas coached Team Xtreme and said the series slipped out of his squad’s grasp.
“As with any final, I expected it was going to be a well-fought series, especially if both teams had their key players perform,” Thomas said. “As a coach, it is not the best feeling to lose in the finals, especially when the game sort of slipped away through your fingers.
“However, with the calibre of games played, any team could have won. So we will see what happens next year.”
CADC had to work hard to repeat as champions. CNB won Game One convincingly, 34-20, before the Stingers claimed Game Two, 14-5. CADC were the heavy favourites heading into the playoffs after dominating the regular season to earn the top seed and a berth in the finals under coaches Robbie Cribb Sr. and John Cridland.
Several players excelled this year for both clubs. The Stingers featured flamethrower Jessica Pawlik on the mound, defensive wizard Krystal Arch and star prodigy Emma Conolly. Team Xtreme were led by experienced hurler Carneth Thomas, sports legend Molly-Ann Moore and young talent Daneliz Thomas.
Marlon Thomas, who had help coaching CNB from Rupert Whittaker Sr., said a number of other players shined for both squads.
“I believe in the final game for Stingers Justina Hurlston, Christine McLean, Krystal and Jessica played a significant role. Team Xtreme had superb pitching by Carneth, who had a no hitter into the fifth inning and contributed offensively. Also Daneliz, Alexandra Terry and Verryll Seymour played well.”
With the women’s division now finished, attention shifts squarely to the male segment. The last official league report noted Jose’s Escape Pirates, popularly called Team Nicaragua, have maintained top billing behind the likes of Johnny Johnson Sr. and Denis Martinez.
In hot pursuit are Peter Whittaker’s Redimix Patriots, popularly called Team Colombia, and Donald Watler’s Latinos, popularly called Team Cuba.
Matches take place on Sundays at 2.30pm on the West Bay softball field next to the Jimmy Powell Cricket Oval. The regular season is scheduled to end in September.