Belize Rural High School softball girls win Silver in Panama
The softball girls of Belize Rural High, National Secondary Schools sub-champions, did Belize proud by winning the silver medal at the 3rd Central American and Caribbean Scholars’ Games in Panama City, Panama from November 12-22.
Schoolmates and fans welcomed the girls home when they arrived at the Philip Goldson International Airport on Tuesday morning, November 22. The Belize Softball Federation also feted the silver medallists at a welcome breakfast at Rogers’ Stadium in Belize City.
The Belize girls finished at the top of their group of four at the Games to take on undefeated Venezuela in the championship finals, which ended 7-4.
Belize’s pitcher Ashley Lucas struck out one batter, but the Venezuelans scored 3 runs in the second inning and another in the third, and were leading 6-0 until Shanese Rowland, Kayle McFadzean and Rebecca Nicholson scored three runs for Belize in the fourth inning.
Venezuela’s Alondria Perez struck out 8 batters and gave up no more runs in the next two innings, while her batters scored a seventh run in the fifth inning.
Sherrie Gillett scored one more run for Belize in the seventh, but it was not nearly enough.
Belize advanced to the finals after a 12-3 victory over Guatemala on Friday, to avenge a bitter 4-1 defeat in their first encounter on Tuesday.
Guatemala was leading 2-0 after scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning and one in the bottom of the second.
Tyra Moreira led Belize’s attack, and she scored a run in the top of the third. Kayle McFadzean and Ashley Lucas followed to bring the score to 3-2.
The Belize girls continued to wallop the pitching of Guatemala’s Maria Carmen Rivera, and Tyra Moreira scored again in the top of the fourth to lead 4-2.
Ashley Lucas struck out three batters to give up no more runs during the next three innings, until Guatemala scored one more run in the sixth to trail 4-3.
The Belize girls wrapped up the game as Lucas rounded the bases twice in the top of the seventh, followed by Tyra, Sabrina, sisters Rebecca and Mandy Nicholson, Amber Wade and Shanne Garcia for the 12-3 win.
Belize also won twice against hosts, Panama. In their second game Belize won 11-7 on Thursday, November 17.
Belize led 3-2 when Tyra Moreira, Kayle McFadzean and pitcher Ashley Lucas scored in the first inning,
Pitcher Ashley Lucas gave up no runs in the second inning while Sabrina Campos, Kayle McFadzean, Mandy Nicholson and Leeza McFadzean scored four big runs in the second to lead 7-2.
Panama scored two more runs in the third inning to bring its score to five, while Mandy Nicholson and Leeza McFadzean scored two more for Belize.
Panama scored one run in the fifth and one more in the sixth, but the Belize girls continued to lead 9-7. Then Tyra and Sabrina exploded for two more runs in the sixth inning for the 11-7 win.
Belize’s victory roll began on Monday, November 14 when we shut out Panama 11-0 in the opening game.
The game ended by the mercy rule in the 4th inning after Tyra Moriera scored three runs. Sabrina Campos, Rebecca Nicholson and Sherrie Gillett each rounded the bases twice, and pitcher Ashley Lucas and Kayle Mcfadzean each scored once.
Belize’s International Softball Hall of Fame icon, Philipa Bailey, presented the medals to the Belize girls in the awards ceremony after the final game.
Kayle McFadzean received the team trophy for second place.