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Nazarene High girls lead softball playoffs

EPYThe undefeated girls of Nazarene High School are leading the Belize City high schools softball playoffs organized by the Central Secondary Schools Sports Association, which began at the Rogers’ Stadium on Monday, March 4.
Nazarene’s alternate pitcher Elma Wade struck out three batters as she led the Nazarene girls to their eighth victory: 13-7 over the girls of Edward P. Yorke High School.
Wade scored in the top of the first, but the E.P.Yorke girls led 2-1 when Zhanae Jex and Jessica Gillett scored in the bottom of the first.
They led 4-3 when Jex and Megan Gillett scored in the bottom of the third, after Wade and Thromeisha Tillett had scored for Nazarene in the top of the innings.
The Longsworth twins, Shantel and Shanice, and Karina Cacho scored for Nazarene in the top of the fourth, while the Nazarene defense shut down the E.P.Yorke girls in the fourth leaving three runners on base.
E. P. Yorke’s Jessica Gillett, pitcher Jasmine Louriano and Shanice Garbutt scored in the fifth to lead 7-6, but Nazarene took over the game as Tillett, Sade Pook, Georgia Williams, and the Longsworth twins scored five runs in the top of the sixth and Wade and Ashley Rudon scored in the top of the seventh
Wade struck out five batters to completely shut down the girls of Maud Williams High School as she led the Nazarene girls to their seventh victory: 20-0 by mercy rule last Friday afternoon. The entire diamond scored in the bottom of the first innings to lead 12-0 and scored eight more in the second.
Wade had also led the Nazarene girls to a 17-2 victory over the girls of St Catherine’s Academy by mercy rule last Monday. Only Georgeann Bartley and Daisy Castillo scored for SCA.
The E.P.Yorke girls entered the playoffs as the second-ranked seed after pitcher Jasmine Louriano led them to their sixth victory: 20-5 by mercy rule over the girls of Anglican Cathedral College on Saturday morning.
Daniella Lightburn went four for four times at bat, hitting a home run in the third inning. Zipporah Taylor and Zhanae Jex scored three runs each, while Jessica Gillett, Megan Gillett, Jasmine Louriano and Shanice Garbutt each scored two runs.
The ACC girls appeared to be holding their own when Roxannie Pook, Susanah and Vonetta Matura scored three runs in the top of the first and Nikita Watters and Avis Guydis scored in the top of the second to lead 5-3, but then the ACC pitching collapsed and the E.P. Yorke girls walloped Leanne Davis’ pitching to score three runs in the bottom of the second and 14 runs in the bottom of the third.
Louriano also led the E.P. Yorke girls to their fifth win: 11-5 over the defending champions, the girls of Ladyville Technical High School, last Wednesday.
The E. P. Yorke girls led 8-1 when the entire diamond, save for Alesha James, scored in the first inning, while only Denika Norales scored for Ladyville. Sherelee Nicholson scored Ladyville’s second run in the second but they still trailed 2-9 when E.P. Yorke’s Zipporah Taylor scored in the top of third and Lauriano and Miekah Mohammed Ali scored in the top of the fifth. Amber Wade, Nicholson and Anna Ferguson scored for Ladyville in the bottom of the fifth.
The girls of Wesley College entered the playoffs as the third ranked seed after pitcher Briana Meighan struck out eight batters to lead her team to their fifth victory: 15-0 over the winless girls of Pallotti High School by mercy rule last Friday. The Wesley girls scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning and eight more in the bottom of the third. They will challenge the Ladyville girls in Tuesday’s playoffs. The winner will take on the loser of the Nazarene High – E.P. Yorke encounter
The Ladyville girls have barely qualified to the playoffs as the fourth ranked seed with four wins and three losses. Pitcher Denika Norales had led them to a 21-6 win by mercy rule over the Pallotti girls last Monday. The Ladyville girls scored 10 runs in the top of the first with Chelsey Young, Noralez, Jalecia Jones and Yanira Guerra rounding the bases twice. The entire diamond scored in the top of the second, and Guerra and Rennette Lisbey scored in the top of the third. Kalifa Gray, Cheyenne Chaplin, Nashly and Aldisha Dawson had scored for Pallotti in the bottom of the second, but only Indira Kelly and Courtney Lighfoot scored for Pallotti in the bottom of the third.

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