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Independence Primary girls win national softball championship

s2The undefeated girls of Independence Primary School, the Stann Creek district champions, won the National Primary Schools Softball Championship organized by the National Sports Council at the Rogers’ Stadium on Friday, March 8.
Independence pitcher Thalia Interiano struck out six batters as she led her teammates to their fourth victory: 7-3 over the Belize district champions, the girls of Biscayne Government School.
Thalia struck out three batters to give up no runs in the top of the first inning while Sabrina Almendarez, MVP Arren Andrews, Shelby Linarez and Joan Garbutt scored in the bottom of the first for a 4-0 lead.
Biscayne’s pitcher Ashley Robinson scored the first run in the top of the second and Selanie Goodin and Carol Dominguez scored in the top of the third, but the Independence girls were already leading 7-1 when Almendarez, Monica Godoy and Thalia Interiano scored in the bottom of the second.
The Cayo district champions, the girls of St. Francis Xavier RC School of Esperanza village, won the consolation game for third place 23-6 over the Toledo district champions, the girls of Aguacate R.C. School, in the ninth game of the day.
Rita Anthony and Ronicia Vernon led the attack scoring four runs each, while Kashela Gentle and Melanie Crawford scored three runs each. The Esperanza girls scored 12 runs in the first inning and 11 more in the second.
Interiano also struck out four batters and the Independence girls walloped Cherissia Cucul’s pitching in their 19-0 win over the Aguacate girls in the semifinals. Almendarez and Godoy led the attack, scoring three runs each.
The Independence girls advanced as the top ranked team from their group with two wins, as Interiano struck out four batters in their 8-1 win over the Esperanza girls in the third game of the day.
Only Rita Anthony scored for Esperanza in the top of the first, while the Independence girls walloped Ronicia Vernon’s pitching to score five runs in the first inning and three runs in the second.
The Independence girls also won 14-3 over the Corozal district champions, the girls of Xaibe RC School, walloping Gabriela Cowo’s pitching to score 14 runs in the fifth game of the day.
The Biscayne girls advanced to the finals by a 3-0 win over the Esperanza girls in the semifinals. Ashley Robinson struck out two batters to give up no runs in the first inning, to lead 3-0. They scored two runs in the top of the second, but the Esperanza girls tied the score: 5-5 in the bottom of the second.
The Biscayne girls led 7-5 in the top of the third, but the score reverted to the last complete inning to break the tie.
The Biscayne girls also entered the semifinals undefeated, as Robinson struck out two batters, while batters had a field day with Kacey Dominguez’s pitching for a 19-1 win over the Orange Walk district champions, the girls of Trial Farm Government School in the second game of the morning.
Only Frenelly Barrillas scored for Trial Farm, while Selanie Gooding and Lynece Seguro led the Biscayne girls, scoring three runs each. The entire Biscayne diamond scored in the first to lead 11-0 and they scored eight more runs in the top of the second.
Robinson also struck out two batters as her teammates walloped Cherrissia Cucul’s pitching to score 14 runs in the bottom of the first inning, to win 14-5 over the Aguacate girls in the fourth game of the day.
The Esperanza girls had qualified to the semifinals as the second-ranked team of their group by a 10-4 win over the Xaibe girls in the opening game of the tournament. Ronicia Vernon struck out four batters, and only Xena Montejo and Natalaia Quinote scored for Xaibe in the first inning. Francine Nah and Roxana Reyes scored in the second. The Esperanza girls scored 4 runs off Gabriela Cowo’s pitching in the first, and six runs in the second.
The Aguacate girls had qualified to the semifinals as the second-ranked team of their group by an 8-4 win over Trial Farm girls in the sixth game of the day.
Sports Council coordinator Charles Slusher presented team trophies and individual medals to the champions, second and third place winners. The Most Valuable Player award went to Independence right fielder Arren Andrews.

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