Bud Light drink up strong finish

Bud Light have plenty to be merry about on the diamond. 

The squad’s season in the Cayman Islands Little League Association’s 2014 Fall Adult Coed Softball League came to an end this month with a title game appearance. While bragging rights go to Troy Brady and the Intertrust Supernovas for winning the C League championship, Bud Light is grateful for its deep postseason run. 

Rohan Marshall served as Bud Light team captain and said on the whole, it was an enjoyable season. 

“The fall season was fun, it’s always better in the fall with lesser rain days so the playoffs and regular season games are less disrupted,” Marshall said. “Overall, we had some interesting events that occurred this season but I was happy with the way the coed teams came together and supported each other to eliminate any continued strife. 

“It’s difficult to pick one single player as it’s the team approach that made the team so successful. From our returning vets to recently recruited players and first-time players; we definitely had a remarkable group.” 

Bud Light went into the playoffs as the second seed with a 5-5-2 record, just behind regular season winners Intertrust (9-3) and ahead of the 5-6-1 Walkers Warriors, 3-9 Cayman National All Stars and the 2-10 PwC Sluggers. The postseason presented a tough road to the finals as Bud Light lost its opener to Horace Walters and Walkers before rallying back to defeat Craig Smith and PwC and eliminate Walkers in the double elimination format. 

Along the way, a number of players played a big role for Bud Light. Kimberley Pitta-Thomas emerged as one of the league’s best pitchers in her first season with the team. A trio of other newcomers also impressed as Kenneth Bryan proved to be a home run threat, Paulette McField was the queen of hustle plays and Matthew Yates showcased his fielding magic. Female players like Joanna Virtue-Markman, Diana Virtue, Erin Marshall and Emily DeCou made tangible contributions. 

Softball veterans like Tito Solomon, Dario and Darcy Rivers and Chris McField energized the team and golf expert Jeff Sauvage showed his swing translated well on the diamond. 

The Supernovas, C League winners for the first time, were one of three champions this year. Alexis Camacho and the Tower Titans repeated as A League victors by defeating rivals KPMG A while Charlie O’Neill and the Home Gas Regulators took down last season’s winners, Coors Light Chuggers, in a shocking two-game upset. 

Like Bud Light, many of those teams translated good regular season performances into playoff success. The Titans were a competition-best 12-0 and scored a league-high 210 runs, leading the top flight ahead of 7-4-1 KPMG A, 7-5 The A Team and 2-8-2 Rhino Rebar. Home Gas were third in division one of the B League, ahead of the 5-6-1 BritCay Premiums, 3-8-1 Master Batters and 3-7-2 Al La Kebab Hitmen. Coors Light were second in the group at 7-4-1 while YMCA We’ve Got The Runs were frontrunners at 8-4. 

It should be noted that Rohan Marshall captained another team, Dart, during the season. That side competed in division two of the B League, where it had the third seed at 6-6. Jeph Welcome and company finished ahead of the 5-7 UBS Swingers, 4-8 Green Tech Solar and 4-8 Deloitte. The frontrunners in that group were the 7-4-1 Maples Sluggers and the 10-1-1 Rackam’s Crabbies. 

The 2015 winter season is slated to get going in January and the Bud Light crew has its sights on another successful campaign. With a season of hard work, beer consumption and fun times behind them, Marshall says his squad now has the camaraderie to dominate. 

“I would like to thank the Little League association for continuing to host the coed season, it’s been a pleasure to play and I’m happy to see when additional teams enter the league. The camaraderie and sportsmanship go a long way to lasting friendships. 

“As for next season, the other teams should take note: we’re coming to win.” 

Darcy-Rivers

Darcy Rivers showed veteran poise at the plate.