Jose's still champs after getting better of Latinos

The local softball league championships concluded with Jose’s Team Nicaragua retaining their title by beating Latinos in the best of three series 2-0. 

Marlon Thomas, a Jose’s player and main organizer of the softball league, said, “This season it was a combination of players that contributed to this championship. 

“Denis Martinez played very well offensively and defensively and Jovan Whittaker is a youngster who pitched brilliantly throughout the season and won two of the three games for us in the finals.” 

Thomas also praised Johnny Johnson Sr., the short stop and coach, for his contribution and gave credit to the input from Jordan Stubblefield and Erwin Freeland when they were able to attend games. 

Catcher Rupert Whittaker kept the pitchers focused and Michael Kandler played very well in the finals, Thomas said. 

“Each team had a couple of players that contributed well,” Thomas added. “For the Colombian team the Robinson brothers, Bradimir and Bradley, plus Alfred Flowers, had good games.” 

He added that the best Latinos players were veteran Donald Watler, Luis Clarke, Santos Castro, Eudelices Matos and Jaime Ebanks. For AL Thompson Hammers, it was Herman Jones and Mel Omeir Sr. and Jr. 

In the softball women’s adult league, CADC Stingers won the championship by beating Wildcats. There were only three female teams in the league with the other being CNB Team Xtreme. 

According to Thomas, outstanding female league players were Samantha Ebanks, Carneth Thomas, Jessica Pawlik, Lori Moncrieffe, Daneliz Thomas and Ann Marie Douglas. 

The softball league is on a break until February now. However, some male players are working on traveling to Cuba for the long weekend in November to play some friendly games. 

“We are hoping to invite a couple of teams from Jamaica and Honduras next year to Cayman,” Thomas said. “Cayman male and female teams should again be travelling to Miami next year for Labor Day to the NIST tournament.” 

Thomas added that they are working with the Little League to bring a softball coach, Michael Bastian, the former coach of the Chinese national team that took part in the Olympics, to conduct some clinics for kids and adults. 

Thomas said the softball organizers want to recruit youngsters and new players for the adult male and female leagues. 

Marlon Thomas

Marlon Thomas