The girls softball division in local Little League’s 25th season has been a see-saw battle all season. With two impressive victories over the past week, Global Captive Management now sits atop the standings.
Global Captive started out by defeating previous frontrunners Conyers, Dill and Pearman, 5-1, in a game that featured great pitching and few hits by both teams.
After Conyers failed to score in the top of the first, Global Captive got off to a fast start, with four first inning runs driven in by Deandra Whiteman and Erynn Walton. The run scorers were Krystal Arch, Beth Johnson, Alisha Forbes and Whiteman. Neither team scored in the next two innings, thanks to great pitching by Daneliz Thomas of Conyers and Forbes of Global Captive. Arch also pitched two excellent innings in relief for Global Captive.
Thomas scored the only run for Conyers, circling the bases on a single and an error, while teammates Maya Smith and Lacee Barnes each reached base twice. Manu Prabhakar added an insurance run for Global Captive in the fourth inning on a base hit by Ingrith Ritch. Forbes returned to the mound and pitched a scoreless fifth inning for Global Captive, as the game ended 5-1.
After that, Global Captive would thrash HSBC Bank Cayman Ltd, 10-3, thanks to a seven-run first inning. In the top of the first, Global Captive’s Forbes kept HSBC scoreless, striking out two batters. In the bottom half of the inning, seven of the first eight Global Captive batters reached base and scored. The big hit was Kayla Whittaker’s bases loaded double to deep center field, which plated three runs. Chauntae Martinez followed with a double to right field, scoring Whittaker. Global Captive added two more runs in the second inning, as Beth Johnson and Ritch crossed home plate.
In the third, HSBC rallied for three runs as Abigail Onfroy, Alyson Clarke, and Samantha Cridland all scored, with Emma Conolly’s double helping the cause. Erynn Walton of Global Captive made two great defensive plays at first base, including blocking a low throw which led to an HSBC runner being thrown out at home. Ritch and Astrid Conolly scored two runs each to lead Global Captive, while Liz Westin and Tashaunda Hurlston were on base twice each for HSBC.
There was contest slated for last Saturday at the Field of Dreams, between HSBC and Conyers, but that was rained out and has been rescheduled for May 26. League games, which are put on by the Cayman Islands Little League Association, will continue on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. through June 7.
The public is reminded that $10 tickets are now on sale for the annual association fundraiser, which takes place on June 7. First prize is CI$10,000, second prize is CI$5,000 and there are many other cash prizes.
For further information, contact 916-5643.