By William Ysaguirre Freelance Reporter
The girls of the Muslim Community School, the Belize District Champions, won the national primary schools softball championships organized by the National Sports Council at the Rogers Stadium on Friday, April 11.
Muslim’s MVP pitcher Essenie Ciego led the Muslim girls to an 11-4 win over the Stann Creek district champions, the Richard Quinn RC School girls from Georgetown in the championship finals.
Adijae Bowden, Nikosha Ramirez, Essenie, Aaliyah Moody, Kimara Whyte, Shala Smith and Nikia Baldwin had scored for Muslim in the first inning.
Only Shermain Diego scored for Richard Quinn in the top of the first inning.
Renisha Requeña, pitcher Eliciey Ramirez and Dyrette Zuniga scored for the Georgetown girls in the top of the second inning, but they were still trailing 4-7 as the Muslim girls extended their lead when Moody, Shantae Nunez, Whyte and Smith scored in the bottom of the second.
Pitcher Eva Landaverde led the Orange Walk district champions, the girls of Carmelita Government School, to a 5-4 win in the consolation game for third place over the Cayo district champions, the girls of St. Jude RC School of Camalote Village.
The Muslin girls had completely shut out the St. Jude girls 23-0 in the semifinals to enter the finals. Ciego had also led the Muslim girls to their first win: 18-2 over the Carmelita girls in the second game of the morning and they scored six runs off pitcher Philadelphia Ical in their 6-2 win over the Toledo district champions, the girls of Aguacate RC School girls in the fourth game of the day.
The Richard Quinn girls advanced to the finals by eliminating the Carmelita girls 12-1 in the semifinals. Eliciey Ramirez also led the Richard Quinn girls to a 10-8 win over the Camalote girls in the third game of the morning, and they enjoyed a second victory: 12-5 over the girls of Corozal Methodist School and their pitcher Nayeli Perez.
The Camalote girls and pitcher Leonie Aldana advanced to the semifinals by a 5-4 win over the Corozal girls in the opening game of the tournament. The Carmelita girls also qualified to the semifinals by a 9-2 win over the Aguacate RC girls in the sixth game of the day.
Muslim’s pitcher Essenie Ciego won the Most Valuable Player award having won four games and scored seven runs for her team.