Ladies swing into new season

Girls softball is about to resume its assault on the fences.

The girls softball division of local Little League will be running a “Fall Ball” program beginning Oct. 2. Training sessions will take place every Thursday from 4:30-6:15 p.m., and will continue through the end of November. Organized by the Cayman Islands Little League Association, field one of the Field of Dreams will serve as the venue.

Early focus will be on the teams and players that dominated the most recent campaign. Conyers, Dill and Pearman won last season’s season-ending tournament behind the likes of Daneliz Thomas, Ashley Rankine and Lacee Barnes. Global Captive Management were the regular season winners and featured talents like Alisha Forbes, Krystal Arch and Kayla Whittaker. The previous campaign ended at the start of June and was part of the association’s 25th Little League season, which featured free ball programs for kids over a number of age groups.

The upcoming practices will include developing skills, building confidence, working on fitness, and making new friends. Each week the session will conclude with a fun game. The division caters to all girls, ages 11-17, regardless of playing experience and there is no charge to participant.

Leading the girls once again will be John Cridland and Jeremy Rice. Both have years of experience instructing and coaching female players. Cridland has also transferred his knowledge to the women’s division of the fast-pitch softball league organized by the Cayman Islands Softball Association. Cridland is assistant coach for the Cayman Auto Diagnostic Club Stingers, the competition’s preeminent dynasty with multiple championships over the years. Both Cridland and Rice coached the top teams in the league last year. Cridland guided Conyers while Rice instructed Global Captive.

News of the girls softball division comes as the association continues its coed softball competition. The Fall 2014 league stages games throughout the week at the Field of Dreams and features over 20 teams split over three divisions with varying competition levels.

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