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St Jude RC Primary boys win National Softball Championship

sThe boys of St. Jude R.C. School of Camalote Village, in the Cayo district won the national primary schools softball championships organized by the National Sports Council at Rogers’ Stadium on Friday, March 8.
Camalote’s MVP pitcher, Shemar Tablada struck out five batters as he led the St Jude’s boys to a 12-3 victory over the Stann Creek district champions, the boys of Independence Primary School in the finals.
Independence’s Manito Montes struck out two batters in the top of the first, but could not stop Alrick Vasquez, Tablada, and Tyrone Matute from scoring St. Jude’s first three runs.
Emil Rivers, Michael Gutierrez and Eric Tucker scored for Independence in the bottom of the first to tie the score 3-3.
Vasquez and Tablada scored twice in the top of the second, as Matute, Daniel Pollard, Mikel Jones, Edwin Serano and Trevan Neal also scored.
Tablada struck out three batters to give up no runs in the bottom of the second to clinch the championship.
It was sweet revenge for the Camalote boys who had lost 5-9 to the Independence boys in their first encounter in the third game of the day. The Independence boys scored four runs in the top of the first, while Manito Montes shut out the Camalote boys in the bottom of the first. The Independence boys scored five more runs in the top of the second, while the Camalote boys scored only five runs in the bottom of the second and neither side scored in the third inning.
Tablada also led the St Jude’s boys to an 11-6 victory over the Belize district champions, the boys of Holy Redeemer RC School in the semifinals.
The St Jude’s boys scored eight runs in the top of the first to lead 8-2 at the end of the inning and scored three more in the second, while Holy Redeemer scored four runs in the bottom of the second, but time ran out.
The Camalote boys advanced to the semifinals as the second ranked team from their group by a 19-6 victory over the Corozal district champions, the boys of Xaibe R.C. School in the opening game of the tournament. The Camalote boys walloped Nedly Loria’s pitching to score 12 runs in the top of the first inning and seven runs in the top of the second.
Loria had led the Xaibe boys to a 6-5 victory over the Independence boys in the fifth game of the day. The Independence boys scored four runs in the top of the first, but the Xaibe boys walloped Manito Montes’ pitching to score six runs in the bottom of the first. The Independence boys scored a run in the top of the second and Montes allowed no runs in the bottom of the second. They tied the score 6-6 in the top of the third, but the inning was never completed.
The Independence boys had advanced to the finals by eliminating the Orange Walk district champions, the boys of Carmelita Government School, 7-4 in the semifinals, hammering Mark Conorquie’s pitching to score four runs in the bottom of the first and three more in the top of the second to lead 7-4. The Carmelita boys scored seven runs in the top of the third inning which was not completed before time ran out
The Carmelita boys won the consolation game for third place 11-4 over the Holy Redeemer boys in the ninth game of the tournament.
Holy Redeemer boys hit Mark Conorquie’s pitching to score four runs in the top of the first, while the Carmelita boys walloped D’Andre Arana’s pitching to score 11 runs in the bottom of the first. The Holy Redeemer boys scored three more runs in the top of the second, but the inning was never completed.
Holy Redeemer boys had done no better against the Carmelita boys in their first encounter in the second game of the day. Conorquie gave up no runs in the top of the first inning, while the Carmelita boys hit Arana’s pitching to score four runs in the bottom of the first.
Holy Redeemer boys scored four runs in the top of the second, but the Carmelita boys scored three more runs to lead 7-4 in the bottom of the second. The Holy Redeemer boys scored seven runs in the top of the third inning which remained incomplete.
Carmelita qualified to the semifinals as the top-ranked team from their group by a second victory: 8-6 over the Toledo district champions, the boys of San Pedro Colombia RC School in the sixth game of the day.
The Toledo boys hit Conorquie’s pitching in the top of the first, but the Carmelita boys hit Alfonso Chi’s pitching to score four runs in the bottom of the first and four more in the bottom of the second. The Toledo boys scored a run in the top of the third, but trailed 6-8 when time ran out.
Holy Redeemer boys qualified to the semifinals as the second ranked team from its group by a 6-5 win over the San Pedro Colombia boys in the fourth game of the day. Arana gave up only one run in the top of the first, while the Holy Redeemer boys hit Centeno Choco’s pitching to score four runs in the bottom of the first. Neither side scored in the second inning, but the Toledo boys scored four runs in the top of the third, while the Holy Redeemer boys scored two more for the 6-5 win.
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 Camalote’s pitcher Shemar Tablada.

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