Titans, Crabbies lead playoff push

A number of veteran teams are in prime position for softball glory. 

The 2014 Fall Adult Coed Softball League, put on by the Cayman Islands Little League Association, begins its double-elimination playoffs this week at the Field of Dreams. Matches will take place weeknights, featuring all 21 teams split across four groups in three divisions. 

Early focus will be on the frontrunners; namely A League winners Tower Titans, B League leaders YMCA We’ve Got The Runs (division one) and Rackam’s Crabbies (division two) and C League winners the Intertrust Supernovas. Tower, who had a perfect 11-0 record heading into its final game, are the reigning top-flight champions and have dazzled at the plate this season, scoring a league-high 197 runs. Established talents like Ryan Ebanks, Smarnell Thomas and Pierre Foster have kept the squad flawless. 

Chasing the Titans are Lori Moncrieffe and 7-5 The A Team, Richard Campbell and 6-4-1 KPMG A and Dave Nielsen and 2-7-2 Rhino Rebar. 

Jordan Stubblefield and 7-4 YMCA are in position to repeat last season’s championship game appearance. Previous winners Coors Light Chuggers, 6-3-1, are not far off with Matt Bone, while Brad Watts and 5-5-1 Home Gas Regulators, Kenneth Davis and 4-6-1 BritCay Premiums, Chris Anton and 3-6-2 Al La Kebab Hitmen and Don Gardiner and 3-7-1 Master Batters are all hoping for upsets. 

Jon Alban and the 10-1-1 Crabbies have been a surprise, featuring a dominant defense that has allowed a competition-low 85 runs. Marline Williams and 6-4-1 Maples Sluggers could make another storied finals run, while Rohan Marshall and 5-6 Dart, James Yonge and 4-6 UBS Swingers, Michael Webster and 4-7 Green Tech Solar and Grant Hiley and 3-8 Deloitte should not be counted out. 

Another eye-opening performance has come from Troy Brady and the 8-3 Supernovas, as the offense has produced an amazing 186 runs. Krystle Barrett and 5-4-2 Bud Light, Horace Walters and 5-5-1 Walkers Warriors, Carlos Ebanks and 3-8 Cayman National All Stars and Clement Lai and the 2-10 PwC Sluggers are aiming to halt Intertrust’s domination of the division. 

Weather-permitting, the playoffs are slated to last roughly four weeks, with the finals wrapping up the week of Nov. 17. 

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Jon Alban leads a stingy Crabbies defense.

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Smarnell Thomas is an unsung hero for the Tower Titans. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES

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