The girls softball division of the Cayman Islands Little League is a close race in the early going as all three teams recorded impressive victories during the second round of games.
HSBC Bank Cayman Ltd rallied from a 6-0 deficit to beat Global Captive Management, 7-6. GCM got off to a fast start, with Astrid Conolly, Alisha Forbes and Kayla Whittaker scoring first inning runs, thanks to a big hit by Ashleigh Chin. In the second inning, GCM scored three more runs to take a 6-0 lead. HSBC settled down and began chipping away at the deficit, scoring one run in each of the second and third innings, followed by two more in the fourth.
HSBC’s Samantha Cridland was pitching brilliantly in her three innings of work, stifling the GCM bats for the rest of the game. In the bottom of the fifth inning, HSBC rallied with three final runs, aided by some walks and timely hits. With the score tied at 6-6, Rejah Welcome drew a bases-loaded walk, allowing teammate Tashaunda Hurlston to score the winning run as HSBC escaped 7-6. Alexis McDonald and Mikaila Gordon each reached base three times for the winners.
Conyers, Dill and Pearman scored seven runs in the first inning and held on to defeat HSBC, 9-6. Conyers took advantage of some early walks by the HSBC pitchers and Zorie McBean and Krystal Morales-Ebanks drove in runs. Kacie Ramos followed with her second hit of the first inning, driving in two more runs. HSBC came back with two runs of their own in the first, mostly due to four batters earning walks. In the second inning, Lacee Barnes of Conyers smacked a two-run double down the left field line, extending the lead to 9-2.
Once again, HSBC rallied with two runs and Samantha Cridland pitched well in relief to keep the game within reach for her team. HSBC scored another two runs in the third to make it 9-6 and with two runners on base and the time limit rapidly approaching, Conyers’s Daneliz Thomas struck out the final batter to secure the victory.
GCM were victorious over Conyers, 4-1, in a game that featured great pitching and defense by both teams. GCM scored three runs in the first inning, with Erynn Walton, Beth Johnson and Alisha Forbes crossing the plate. From that point on both pitchers were dominant, with Forbes of GCM and Daneliz Thomas of HSBC only allowing one run each for the rest of the game.
The defensive play of the young season was made by Deandra Whiteman of GCM in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs and a runner on base, HSBC’s Thomas blasted a ball to deep center field. Whiteman ran a long way to her left and made a great catch in full stride, surely saving two runs. Kianda Parchmont reached base twice for HSBC, while Lacee Barnes scored her team’s only run. Krishna Arch played a good game at second base for GCM.
The girls are enjoying the competition as Little League celebrates its 25th season. Games continue on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. at the Field of Dreams.