Patriots halt Pirates for three-peat

The Redimix Patriots are officially the latest dynasty in local softball.

Redimix needed five games to defeat the Jose’s Escape Pirates in the best-of-five championship series for the men’s division of the Cayman Islands Softball Association 2013 fast-pitch league. The Patriots now have three consecutive titles to their name.

Marlon Thomas plays for the Pirates while serving as association president and league coordinator. He said the series was decided in dramatic fashion.

“For the games Sunday, Jose’s Escape won the first game 5-4 and the winning pitcher was Richard Wilson,” Thomas said. “That win tied the series 2-2. The second game saw Patriots defeating Jose’s 14-7 and retaining the championship.

“The winning pitcher was Eduardo Cruz and Alexis Camacho from Patriots had two home runs. This now concludes the 2013 adult male softball season.”

As usual, the West Bay softball field next to the Jimmy Powell Cricket Oval served as the venue for matches.

The finals were not short on drama as Redimix had a 2-0 series lead before Jose’s Escape rallied back to force the decisive fifth game. A lingering issue was the way the finals were officiated as many players on both sides found fault with home plate calls and game duration.

Byron Bravo, Johnny Johnson Sr. and Rodolfo Whitaker kept the Pirates in contention while Redimix finished off another title run thanks to talents like brothers Bradimir and Bradley Robinson.

The Patriots had a challenging road to the championship, needing a two-game sweep of Donald Watler’s Latinos (also known as Team Cuba) to advance past the opening round. Redimix (often called Team Colombia) relied on the likes of Jonathan Whittaker and Mark Chow in that series, while Latinos showcased players such as Yosvani Ebanks and Rod Jefferson.

Jose’s Escape (affectionately called Team Nicaragua by participants) automatically advanced to the finals with the regular season’s best record.