The Guardian/National Sports Council continues to lead the 2013 Belize City Interoffice Softball Competition with another victory 18-14 over the Belize Bank last Wednesday while the Belize Water Services outlasted Belize Telemedia 9-8 at the Rogers’ Stadium last Wednesday, March 27.
The loss effectively eliminated Belize Bank from the playoffs. The Sports Council established an early 12-2 lead in the first four innings. Pitcher Joel Wade, Shane Williams, and batters Brian “Yellowman” Audinett, Charlie Slusher, Sharett Jones and Rodney Lord scored in the top of the first inning to lead 6-2 when only Stephen Pollard and Norman Middleton scored for the bankers.
Audinett scored again in the top of the second, while Wade shut out the bankers in the next two innings and Wade, along with Reginald Flowers, Williams, Audinett and Slusher scored five more runs in the top of the fourth.
The bankers trailed 6-12 even as Godsden Ferguson, pitcher Evan Lamb, Shane Pollard and Edwin Courtenay scored in the bottom of the fourth. Ferguson and Courtenay scored again in the bottom of the fifth, but the Sports Council extended its lead 17-8, when Wade, Flowers, Williams, Audinett and Claricia Gladden scored in the top of the sixth.
The bankers narrowed the deficit as Ferguson, Lamb, Mushae McDonald, Sasha Brown and Enid Dakers scored in the bottom of the sixth, but Rodney Lord scored for Sports Council in the top of the seventh and the bankers failed to tie the score as only McDonald scored in the bottom of the seventh.
BWS outlasted the defending champs, Telemedia 9-8 in Wednesday’s nightcap. Nicole Arnold scored for BWS in the top of the first inning, but pitcher Bernard Pitts tied the score 1-1 in the bottom of the first. BWS pitcher Sharea Pandy held off the Telemedia hitters in the next two innings, while Fiona Rivero scored in the second inning, and William Smith and Joe Domingo scored in the bottom of the third.
Telemedia tied the score 4-4 when Nelson Tillett, Trenton Marin and Andrew Kelly scored in the top of the fourth inning, but BWS regained the lead 7-4 when Stephen Williams, Pandy and Arnold scored in the bottom of the fourth. Kimani Williams scored for Telemedia in the top of the fourth, but BWS extended its lead to 9-5 when Williams, Smith and Domingo scored in the bottom of he sixth. Pitts, Tillett and Marin scored three more runs for Telemedia in the top of the seventh inning, but not enough to tie the score.
Tuff e’Nuff kept its playoff hopes alive by a 17-7 victory over the Belize Bank last Monday night. Tuff e’Nuff led 6-1 when Densmore Edwards, Ryan Bennett, Jason Bennett, Raul Roches, Karlene Lewis, Rico Black and Tyrone “Joker” Edwards scored in the top of the first and only Evan Lamb scored for the bankers in the bottom of the first.
Sasha Brown and Enid Dakers scored for the bank in the bottom of the second, but Tuff e’Nuff led 8-3 when both Edwards brothers scored again in the top of the third inning.
Lamb and Shane Pollard scored for the bank in the bottom of the fourth, but Tuff e’Nuff scored nine runs in the top of the fifth. Kimara Black rounded the bases twice, as Densmore Edwards hit a home run and the Bennett brothers, Roches, Rico Black, Ayannah Smith and Tyrone Edwards all scored to lead 17-5. The game had to be called by mercy rule when only Pollard and Dana Lee Burns scored for the bankers in the bottom of the fifth.