Patriots prepare to battle Pirates for West Bay glory

The battle for softball supremacy in West Bay is set to begin.

The Cayman Islands Softball Association starts the best-of-five championship series for the men’s division of the 2013 fast-pitch league on Sunday. Top-ranked Jose’s Escape Pirates take on the Redimix Patriots from roughly 2:30 p.m. at the West Bay softball field, next to the Jimmy Powell Cricket Oval.

League coordinator Marlon Thomas said the series can go either way.

“The finals is now set between Pirates and Patriots and, even though Pirates have dominated throughout the regular season, you cannot count out Patriots,” Thomas said. “It should turn out to be an interesting, exciting, fun and well-fought series. Who will be the 2013 adult male champs? You will need to come out for at least the next two Sundays to find out.”

Jose’s Escape (affectionately called Team Nicaragua by participants) automatically advanced to the finals while reigning two-time champions Redimix (often called Team Colombia) had to defeat Donald Watler’s Latinos (also known as Team Cuba).

Redimix won the best-of-three series last Sunday. Among the notable players were Bradley Robinson, Michael Carey and Jonathan Whittaker for Patriots, with Yosvani Ebanks, Rod Jefferson and Gerson Henriquez Sr. starring for Latinos.

Thomas said the contests had their fair share of controversy.

“Redimix won the first game 15-5. The second game was closer but ended up with a victory by Patriots after Latinos walked off the field due to a call they disputed and the chief umpire saw it different. The game was 5-5 at the time in the fifth inning.

“I believe Latinos had a good chance of winning the game if they had continued, but it is now water under the bridge. It is a constant struggle to try and keep adults in line sometimes where sports is concerned, but, well, we can only keep trying.”