It was a match-up of champions at the Field of Dream and the B-League winners came out on top.
In the opening night of the Cayman Islands Little League Association 2013 Fall Adult Coed Softball League, the defending A-League champions, KPMG A, took on the two-time defending B-League champions, the Coors Light Chuggers.
The Chuggers made the jump to the A-League this season and won’t have a chance to repeat as B-League champs. Coors Light showed they could compete in the higher league with a well-deserved 8-2 win at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town.
The two teams know each other well; it was KPMG A who knocked off the Chuggers in a close match in the 2012 Winter B-League title game. As Chuggers captain Alan Markoff points out, the teams have only played each other twice since then, splitting the two games.
“We go way back with KPMG A,” Markoff said. “We’ve had a lot of memorable game with them, most of them decided by one or two runs.”
On opening night, however, KPMG A just couldn’t get their bats going.
“I like to think it was my fabulous pitching,” Markoff said. “But in reality, they were a bit rusty and to our credit, we played solid defence. Usually we don’t get into that kind of form on defence until mid-way through the season.”
The Chuggers are on quite a defensive roll going back to last season’s play-offs, having given up a total of seven runs in the past four games they’ve played.
“Usually, if we only give up seven runs in a single game, that’s a good defensive effort,” said Markoff. “To do that over four games in co-ed slow pitch softball is really quite amazing.”
On offence, Coors Light was sparked by new team-member Neal Appleby, who hit a long home run in his first at-bat with his new team. Appleby also had a key hit in the Chuggers’ three-run third inning.
Although Coors Light didn’t have its best offensive game as a team, Markoff said they managed several rallies.
“KPMG A made some nice outfield plays on balls that would definitely have been hits in the B-League. It’s definitely harder to score in this league. The difference of the game though was that we were able to get the big hit when we needed it and KPMG A was leaving runners in scoring position all night long.”
Coors Light cocaptain Mark Wallace said he was glad the team listened to his sermon.
“I preach defence and timely hitting and that’s what we did,” Wallace said.
The 2013 Fall league saw a slew of other matches during opening week. UBS Aces beat Saxon G-Force, 5-4. Master Batters defeated Deloitte, 12-11. A.L. Thompson’s Hammers smashed Phoenix Hard Hats, 22-8. PwC B clobbered BritCay Premiums, 25-1. Rhino Rebar beat Rackham’s Crabbies, 11-8 and Dart took down Fluff and Fold Home Gas Misfits, 17-7.
Week two of the league kicks off on Monday, 5 August, with a double-header at 8pm. On field three, Crabbies face BritCay while the Al La Kebab Hitmen face Tower Marketing on field four.
On Tuesday, 6 August, G-Force battle Dart on field three with UBS challenging Misfits on field four. On Wednesday, 7 August, PwC face Phoenix on field three while Rhino Rebar tackle Chuggers on field four. On Thursday, 8 August, KPMG battle Deloitte on field three, while Hammers challenge Tower Marketing on field four. All of those games are at 8pm.
It should be noted that there is still time for players to join the league. Requests should go to Leon Conolly at [email protected]