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Belize Telemedia women win National Softball Championship

Belize Telemedia women hammered the Mirage Lady Rebels 10-3 for a five-inning mercy rule victory to repeat as National Softball Champions at Rogers Stadium in Belize City on Sunday, August 26.

Telemedia collected 10 hits off Lanesha Jones’ pitching. Lydia Cacho led the attack as she and Earlene Belisle scored after Norecia Fraser hit a home run in the first inning. 

Elaine Humes and Cacho scored when Norecia hit a triple in the bottom of second. and Norecia herself scored to lead 6-0.

Rebels’ Sharette Vernon, Lisa Jones and Ashanti Anderson scored in the top of the third to trail 3-6.

Telemedia’s star pitcher, Mary Flowers allowed no more runs, and helped to extend their lead to 9-3 when Ruth Lamb, Martha Rhys and Kaylie MacFadzean scored in the bottom of the third. Babsy Cadle scored an in-the-park home run when she hit a triple to centerfield and came home on an error by the overthrow to third. The game was called when  Lady Rebels failed to score in the top of the fifth.

Joel Wade presented the championship trophy to Telemedia in the awards ceremony after the championship final,  and individual awards to Roaring Creek’s Greta Davis for the Best batting average of 0.556; to Earlene Belisle for Most Stolen Bases (2) , to Mary Flowers for the Pitcher with the Most Wins: (4), to Roaring Creek’s Leandra Guy for the most Strikeouts: ( 14); and to Most Valuable Player, Norecia Fraser who also had the Most Home Runs (2) and the most run -batted in  (6. RBI’s).

The Telemedia ladies also spanked the Rebels 5-3 in their first encounter in the ninth game of the tournament.

Marsha Cassasola scored for the Rebels in the bottom of the first, but Lydia Cacho tied the score 1-1 in the top of the third. Cacho scored again in the top of the fifth, but Clarencia Jones tied the game again 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth.

No runs scored in the seventh inning, sending the game into a tie-breaker in which Mary Flowers scored in the top of the eighth, but Ashanti Anderson tied the score again 3-3 in the bottom of that  inning.

The game went into a second tie-breaker with no runs scored, and the  into a 10th inning tie-breaker in which Norecia Fraser and Babsy Cadle scored. Flowers shut out the Rebels in the bottom of that tense 10th inning to secure the win.

Telemedia also won their first game 10-3 by mercy rule over Belize rural sub-champions, Sand Hill Untouchables in Friday’s nightcap.

Belisle, Cacho and Flowers had given Telemedia a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Untouchables tied the score 3-3 when Charlee Canton, pitcher Sheraine Westby and Desiree Morales scored in the top of the second.

Flowers would allow no more runs, and they soon led 8-3 when Cacho, Fraser, Flowers, Cadle and MacFadzean scored in the bottom of the second. Fraser scored again in the third and fifth innings for the 10-3 win.

Telemedia   hammered Belize Rural champions Easy Does It of Flowers Bank 7-0 by mercy rule in the fifth game on Saturday afternoon, collecting seven hits off Margaret Hendy’s pitching.

Martha Rhys scored in the top of the third inning, Flowers, Cacho, Cadle, Belisle and Lamb scored in the fourth, and Belisle scored the seventh winning run in the top of the fifth; the game was called by mercy rule in the bottom of that inning.

The Lady Rebels had advanced to the finals by relegating the Cayo district sub-champions, Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy, to third place by a 5-3 win in the 11th game of the tournament Sunday evening.

Sharette Vernon scored in the top of the first, and Cassasola, Lanesha Jones and  Sherleen Humphreys scored in the second. They led 5-0 when Clarencia Jones scored in the top of the sixth. A last gasp effort by Tanya Davis, Karlee Bradley and Myralee Ho scored three runs for Roaring Creek in the bottom of the seventh.

Lady Rebels also won the opening game of the tournament 8-1 over the Cayo district champions, Camalote, who collected seven hits off Lanesha Jones’ pitching, but failed miserably in their attempts to score. Only Monica Tablada scored a single consolation run for Camalote, pinch running for hitter Kenisha Sutherland.

The Rebels collected seven hits off Francine Salazar’s pitching, and Sharette Jones, Lanesha Jones and Vanessa Dawson scored in the top of the second. Lisa and Sherette Jones scored in the top of the third, and Cassasola and Sherette Vernon scored in the top of the fourth, Lanesha and Myrtel Bailey scored two more runs in the top of’ the seventh for the 8-1 win.

Lady Rebels also handed Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy its first loss: 7-2 in the fourth game of the tournament on Saturday morning. Roaring Creek collected four hits off Lanesha’s pitching, but only Myralee Ho scored in the second, and Greta Davis scored in the fifth.

The Rebels led 2-0 when Cassasola and Lisa Jones scored in the bottom of the first, Lanesha scored in the second to lead 3-1, and they led 5-1 when Clarencia and Vanessa Dawson scored in the bottom of the fourth. Lisa and Ashanti scored again in the bottom of the fifth to seal the 7-2 win.

Despite its loss to the Rebels, Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy won third place by an  8-4 win over its arch rivals from the Cayo district, Camalote, in the 10th game Sunday afternoon.

No runs scored in the first two innings, until Sharine Reyes scored for Roaring Creek in the bottom of the third. Frances Coye tied the score 1-1 for Camalote in the top of the fourth, but Roaring Creek soon led 6-1 when Greta Davis, Bradley, Myralee Ho, Deandra Banner and Shanelly Ho scored in the bottom of the fourth.

Camalote tried tcatch up when Nandina and Frances Coye and Nafeeza Leslie scored three more runs in the top of the fifth. But they trailed 4-8 when Sharine Reyes and Stephanie Francis scored in the bottom of the sixth, and no runs scored in the seventh.

Roaring Creek had also given the Sand Hill Untouchables their marching papers by a 15-4 blowout in the eighth game Saturday night. Sharine Reyes, Tanya Davis, Greta Davis and Bradley scored four runs in the top of first, and Shanika Anderson scored in the top of the second, to lead 5-0 before Desiree Morales scored for the Untouchables in the bottom of the second.

It was all over when Reyes, Tanya, Greta, Bradley, Myralee and Shanelly Ho and Shanika Anderson scored in the top of the third for a commanding 13-2 lead, and Reyes, Francis and Anderson scored again in the top of fourth. The game was called by mercy rule when only Francine Morales, Sheraine Westby and Desiree Morales scored for the Untouchables in the bottom of the fourth.

Camalote came from behind to post its only win: 8-5, eliminating Easy Does It in the seventh game of the tournament late Saturday evening.

Easy Does It led 2-0 when Dian Baldwin scored in the first inning, and Herlett Clarke scored in the second. Molly Coye put Camalote on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second, but the Flowers Bank girls extended their lead as Elma Wade scored in the top of the fourth and Baldwin and Clarke scored again in the top of the sixth to lead 5-1.

Then the Easy Does It pitching collapsed, and Sandy Jones, Kenesha Sutherland, Molly Coye, Emogene Coye, Jeneive Salazar and Frances Coye hammered out six runs to lead 7-5, and Molly scored again in the bottom of the seventh to seal the 8-5 win.

The Easy Does It ladies  enjoyed a 22–nil win over the Orange Walk Falcons, in the first game on Saturday morning. Easy Does It led 18-0 in the first inning, as Amber Wade and Dian Baldwin each rounded the bases three times, while Kathleen Rhaburn, Sharra and Shanna Robinson, Bernadine Carcamo and Kelsey Robinson each scored twice, and Anna Gillett and Georgia Joseph scored once.

They hammered Adelita Gongora’s pitching for four more runs in the top of the second, and the game was called by mercy rule when the Falcons could score no runs against Margaret Hendy’s pitching.

The Sand Hill Untouchable also hammered out an  8-1 win by mercy rule over the Falcons, for whom Jenene Conorquie scored the only run of the tournament in the bottom of the fourth.

The Sand Hill ladies hammered Marina Gongora’s pitching to lead 5-0 when Charlee Canton, Francine Robinson, and Miriam Dawson scored in the top of the first, and Dawson and Francine Morales scored in the top of the third. Canton, Robinson, Catherine Cobo and Danalee Burns scored four more runs in the top of the sixth.

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