Female sluggers need more runners around the diamond

Little League needs more girls to step up to the plate. 

Jeremy Rice, who serves as coordinator of the girls softball division for the Cayman Islands Little League Association, notes while the league is entering its 25th season, there is room for more enthusiasm among the ladies. 

“Four teams of girls, aged 11-17, will compete in the league this season,” Rice said. “So far, 50 girls from 11 different schools have signed up and there is still space for 10 more girls who wish to play. There may be some girls who have enjoyed softball in their school physical education classes and who now wish to play on a team.”  

Games will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Field of Dreams. The season is slated to run from March 1 to June 7. Spectators are welcome, and the concession stand will be open during games, serving standard ballpark fare such as hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza. 

Last year, Island Cleaners emerged champions after beating regular season winners Greenlight Re in the postseason tournament. Krystal Arch and Samantha Cridland were among the heroines for Island Cleaners. while Greenlight relied on Kristi Welds and Emma Conolly. Two other clubs also competed as Al La Kebab showcased stars such as Kacie Ramos, and Global Captive Management featured talents like Alikie Kandler. 

Most of the girls returning this season have been training since the beginning of February. Like other Little League participants, they have also been selling the annual discount cards for $5. They will begin selling tickets for the annual fundraising raffle later in the season. Like other Little League sections, the girls play free of cost.  

To sign up, call 916-5643. 

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Alikie Kandler can do it all on the field.