The undefeated girls of Nazarene High School won their second national softball championship in three years when the National Secondary Schools Sports Association hosted the national tournament at the Rogers’ Stadium on Friday and Saturday, March 15-16.
MVP pitcher Ashley Lucas struck out three batters as she led the Nazarene girls to a 17-2 victory by mercy rule over the Northern Regional champions, the girls of Belize Rural High School on Saturday afternoon. Only Marva Anthony scored for the rural girls in the first inning and pitcher Sabrina Campos scored in the third.
Lucas, Elma Wade and Sadie Pook led the Nazarene offensive, each scoring in the first second and third innings, while Ashley Rudon, Tromeisha Tillett, and Larina Cacho each scored two runs; Georgia Williams and Shantel Longsworth each scored once.
Pitcher Brea Pop also struck out three batters as she led the southern regional champions, the girls of Georgetown Technical High School to a 15-5 victory by mercy rule over the Western Regional champions, the girls of Belmopan Baptist High School in the consolation game for third place on Saturday morning.
Brina Leslie led the Georgetown offensive with four runs, one in each inning; while her twin sister Briana scored three. Ardis Linarez, Rosita Valerio and Monica Sacasa each scored twice, Brea Pop and Aneisa Pop scored once. Belmopan’s pitcher Renisha Richards, Kelsy Ifield, Kimberly Coye, Sheneal Davis and D’Andre Martinez each scored a run.
Ashley Lucas struck out three batters as she led the Nazarene girls to a 24-0 shutout of the Belmopan Baptist girls in Friday’s nightcap. The Nazarene girl walloped Renisha Richards’ pitching to score two runs in the first inning, 17 in the second and five in the third. Ashley Rudon led the offensive, rounding the bases four times, while Karina Cacho scored thrice in the second inning. Wade, Lucas, Pook, Tillett, Williams, also scored three runs each, while Shantel Longsworth scored twice and her twin sister Shanice, scored once.
The Belize Rural girls also advanced to the finals by a 13-3 win by mercy rule over the Georgetown Tech girls in the opening game of the tournament. Sabrina Campos led the rural girls offensive striking out four batters and scoring four runs, Kelsy Robinson scored two runs, while Marva Anthony, Ojuma Anthony, Lorrette Young, Leayan Moody, Jenninna Mossiah, Sheane Sutherland and Shemila Rowland each scored one run. Only Brian Leslie, Ardis Linarez and Aneisa Pop scored for Georgetown.
International Softball Federation’s Hall of Famer Gretel Lashley presented the team trophies and individual medals to the champions, second and third place winners, and the Most Valuable Player award to Ashley Lucas.