Good evening, I’m James Adderley and welcome to this issue of Sports Monday.
The 21st Women’s national Softball Championship raged inside Roger’s Stadium over the weekend as 6 teams battled to wear the crown in 2011 as the action got off on Saturday. However, by Sunday afternoon, only 2 remained standing under the double elimination format—namely arch rivals Telemedia and Mirage lady Rebels. The Rebels start with Lanisha Jones on the mound and we’re in the top of the 1st with one out and one on when Barbara Cadle doubles the outfield to bring in the 1st run of the ballgame. Meanwhile Mary Flowers gets off to a shaky start and is smacked hard by Marsha Cassasola but is bailed out by the score hands of Martha Rhys.
In the 2nd, Lanisha Jones gets busy as she gets Ruth Lamb to Pop up to share the Vernon. She strikes out Martha Rhys and then does the same to the Telemedia shortstop Elaine Humes. In the bottom of the 2nd, Mary Flowers leaves one hanging for Lisa Jones who is denied a hit by this fine catch from Lydia Cacho. Ashanti Anderson comes to bat for Lady Rebels in the bottom of 4th with Lisa Jones at 2nd and her long single brings the runner home to tie the score at 1 apiece. Telemedia breaks the tie when Kyla McFadzean hits this ball to Sharette Vernon only to see Sherette Jones fail to dig out the throw to first as Elaine Humes scores all the way from 1st for the 2-1 lead. In the top of the 6th, Telemedia’s Barbara Cadle hits this long fly which allows Norecia Frazier to score from 3rd base for the 3-1 lead.
We’re in the bottom of the 7th and its Lady Rebels trying to manufacture the tie, but Mary Flowers forces Shaleen Humphries to ground to 3rd baseman, Norecia Frazier whose throw to Erline Belisle at 1st is good for the out and Telemedia becomes the 2011 undefeated national Champions with the 3-1 score. And here is veteran catcher, Ruth Lamb receiving the team trophy and Sir Rudolph Anderson hail the man.
Amber Wade of Easy Does it won the stolen base award with 3. Norecia Frazer of Telemedia hit 2 homeruns to take home that award. Norecia also batted 11 runs to win the runs batted title, while Sherette Jones of Mirage lady rebels had a batting average .500 to lead the tournament. On the pitching side, Lanisha Jones of Lady Rebels had 11 strikeouts to win that category and Mary Flowers of Telemedia had the most wins with 4. New give it up for Norecia Frazier of Telemedia who walked away with the MVP award. We say congrats to one and all.
In cycling news, the annual Jerry “Ganzie” Jones Memorial race was staged yesterday by Gerald Garbutt presenting 3 different categories. Gregg Lovell of Santino was impressive winning the elite 68 mile race while Brandon Cattouse of C-Ray pulls up 2nd and Darnell Barrow of Sanitno’s takes 3rd in a field sprint. In the 10 Ml Mountain bike race, Andrew Ordonez of Horizon took top honors, Fred Usher of Kolbe took 2nd and Kenroy Gladden settled for 3rd. in the 10 mile weekend Warrior event, Vallan Syms of Horizon took 1st, Kenneth Butler of M&M finished 2nd and Wilbert Jones of F.T. Williams pulled up 3rd. In the 60 mile weekend warrior race, Rogue Matus of M&M grabbed the big Win, Barney Brown of F.T. Williams finished 2nd and Rey Catt took 3rd place.
Turning to the cricket scene, Lemonal was the scene on Saturday where Western Eagles were hoping to force a game 3 in the Belize national Cricket championship against Surprise. However Surprise came out sizzling. Chris Banner came up with 24 runs, while team captain Lawrence Banner had 21 runs. Edward Bull emerged the man of the match after taking our 6 wicket while landy Banner came up with 3. Surprise batted 154 runs while Western Eagles could only muster 67 runs all out. Thus for 2 years in a row, Surprise is National Cricket Champs and we say congratulations.
In basketball news, the interoffice 5 game championship kicked off Friday night inside the Civic Centre. We’re late in the 2nd quarter when Darwin Elijio deals to Andrew Head Staine who goes glass for 2, gets fouled but would miss the extra point as CYDP runs to 16 pts lead out Belize Bank Bulldogs. In the 3rd, Bulldogs roared back—Rupert Brown spots up for three and he knocks it down, he would put up 18 points tonight. Darwin Leslie who would contribute 15 points then slices to the glass for 2 and will get 3 the old fashion way as he knocks dow3n the freebie. This three point shot by Rupert Brown then gives the Bulldogs their first lead for the night as they take a 43-41 lead into the 4th quarter.
In overtime, the Belize Bank Bulldogs go on to post the 80-76 big W. In a game 1 on the undercard, a depleted Port of Belize was pounded 86 – 58 by Alamilla’s.
Finally in football news, the national A –team of Belize travels to Grenada tomorrow for its first match of the second round of the World Cup Qualifiers set for Friday, 2nd September, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, the Belize versus Guatemala match is set for Tuesday, four p.m. inside the F.F.B. football field and it will be aired live right here on Channel 5. We also must tell you that in female football played over the weekend, Millennium edged Island Stars 1-zip, Untouchables hurt Ladyville Orchids, 2-1 and Hattieville Heats stopped Tornados 3-2.
Jah overall, I’m James Adderley.