Cayman National Bank Team Xtreme are one win away from redemption.
A year after their title game defeat, CNB can now exact revenge on the Cayman Auto Diagnostic Clinic Stingers in the women’s division of the 2014 fast-pitch league, put on by the Cayman Islands Softball Association. Team Xtreme led their best-of-three finals against the Stingers after taking game one, 17-10. The Field of Dreams braces for game two on July 5 from roughly 7 p.m.
Team Xtreme, the regular season winners under coach Marlon Thomas, will look to improve their pitching on Saturday. In game one, Stingers had the early edge with five runs in the first inning off CNB’s Breana Welds. Walks would lead to Runs Batted In singles from the likes of Tamika Ebanks. CNB answered with nine batters producing four runs in the bottom of the inning. Welds continued to struggle in the second with three more walks and was replaced by Carneth Thomas, who allowed only one run. Thomas led a strong response, contributing an RBI single along with daughter Daneliz Thomas, in a three-run second inning.
From the third inning onward, Carneth Thomas continued her good pitching, holding Stingers to four runs over five innings. CNB swung the bat well, with three runs in the third and fourth innings. The game was put away in the sixth inning as Team Extreme scored four runs on timely hitting and fielding errors from the Stingers. Carneth Thomas ended up Player of the Game with two hits in three plate appearances, including a walk and four RBIs, to go with her five innings of relief pitching.
While the Stingers offense reached double digits, coaches Robbie Cribb and John Cridland will look for the reigning two-time champs to hit better. In their 15-8 playoff victory over the Caledonian Wildcats, CADC hit the ball well late. They were scoreless in the first two innings, in spite of the bases being loaded with one out in the second inning as Stephanie Walter’s line drive to third base led to a double play. The Wildcats struck first with Wyvonne Forbes scoring on Samantha Ebanks’s single to centerfield in the first inning.
Caledonian scored three runs in the second inning with an RBI single from the likes of Dionne Whittaker. The CADC bats woke up in the third and fourth innings, scoring four runs in each. The heroines would be Justina Hurlston and Emma Connolly who had multiple RBI hits. The Stingers would keep the Wildcats scoreless in that time with good fielding. Wildcats plated two in the fifth inning with an RBI single by Anne Marie Douglas. Stingers, scoreless in the fifth, was followed by a six-run sixth inning – which blew the game open – as CADC batted threw the lineup.
In the seventh inning, Stingers added one more with a single from Connolly that capped off a 4-for-5 night that featured two doubles and six RBIs. Wildcats scored a run in the six and seventh innings. Connolly would be named Player of the Game along with Belquis Bodden, who pitched five innings.
It should be noted that the men’s division is continuing its regular season with Mark Chow and the Redimix Patriots looking to establish a fourth consecutive title run. Byron Bravo and the Jose’s Escape Pirates along with Donald Watler’s Latinos are aiming to knock off the reigning champs. Games take place every Sunday at the Field of Dreams from 2:30 p.m.