Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.
The softball community converged on Roger’s Stadium yesterday to pay respect to a fallen hero of the sport, Charles Solis, with the presentation of a grand regular tournament in his name featuring the defending champion Mirage Lady Rebels, National Champion Grace Kennedy of Roaring Creek, Camalotte Cristal Parrots and Easy Does It of Flowers Bank. We must say Grace Kennedy had an easy time making it to the finals so we join the matchup between Lady Rebels and Easy Does it as they make a bid to face Grace Kennedy for all the marbles. In fact, we’re in the top of the 6th inning with Lady Rebels up 5 to 4 when Diane Baldwin ties the ballgame with this single that brings Anna Gillett home. However, the big blow comes from Shana Robinson when this power smash brings home Diane Baldwin and Tricia Rhaburn as Easy Does It takes a 7-5 lead and would beat the defending champs by that score to make ti to the finals in a major upset.
So we move to the money game as Leandra Guy takes the mound for Grace Kennedy who strikes out Kathleen Rhaburn to come out of the 1st inning unscathed. The national champ gets its first run of the ballgame from Stephanie Francis who gets this single past Hendy to bring Karlee Bradley home from third base. With 2 on shortstop, Shadalee shacks Hendy really hard for 2 runs and then Shadalee takes advantage of poor defensive play to make it a 4 run 1st inning.
In the second inning, Tanya Davis brings in another with this infield single; meanwhile, the bases are loaded for Myralee Ho and this ball should have been caught but is dropped by the shortstop and 2 more runs come in and at the end of 2nd inning, Grace Kennedy leads 8-zip. Easy Does it tries to come back in the 3rd, but its poor defensive work at 3rd base that allows Diane Rhaburn to get their 1st run. Baldwin then relieves Hendy on the mound and promptly gets the force out at 2nd base. Nevertheless, Greta Davis brings home Karlee Bradley for the 9th run in favor of the national champs who go on to win the 7th Annual Charles Solis Memorial Title in an 11-6 final score thanks to the Mercy Rule. We say congratulations to Grace Kennedy and to their star pitcher, Leandra Guy who walked away with the MVP award.
Turning to the Table Tennis Scene, the BWF National Championship staged yesterday saw David Jones and Tux Vasquez battle to get into the men singles final. We’re in the 5th and decisive game with each player having won 2 games each and the score tied at 9 apiece. Tux Vasquez comes up with a tough shot but David Jones handles it so Tux tries the other edge and misses. Vasquez ties the game with this underhand slice that Jones cannot handle. Vasquez then fails to find the edge of the table to concede the 11th point to Jones. It’s David Jones now serving for the Big Win—Tux cannot handle the spin and Jones moves into the finals where he would defeat Zhi Cheng to claim the National men Singles title. However, it wasn’t all bad for Tux Vasquez who teamed up with Petie Matus to heat Carlos Cui and Cui Ahen Li for the national men doubles title and here they are on their way to the finals rolling ever Mister and Misses Marion Usher 3-zip. Meanwhile, Harin Ochaeta battled Victor Quan to 3-1 finish to claim the Cadet U-15 title. Petie Matus blanked Cui Zhen Li 3-zip to claim the national women singles championship and Nelito Ayuso teamed up with Ernesto Rivero to heat Dan Habet and Landy Habet 3-1 for the national men doubles title. We say congratulations to one and all.
Checking the football scene, the F.F.B. Inter-district Championship series gets off this Sunday at the Ricalde Stadium with Libertadores hosting World FC of Cayo to kick off the 2 game series. In other football news, results from BPFL play shows that the BDF blanked Toledo Ambassadors 3-zip, Griga United and Hankook Verdes battled to a 1-1 tie while FC Belize edged San Felipe Barcelona 3 to 2. New here is a reminder tha the Belize Cycling Association presents the Alpheus Williams Classic this Sunday, December 5th and Gregg Lovell goes in as defending champion. In closing folks we leave you with images from the 7th Annual Special Olympics staged at the MCC grounds and it certainly was a fun thing for all involved.
Jah Overall, I’m James Adderley.