The undefeated boys of St Martin De Porres RC School won the championship finals of the Belize City primary schools softball competition: 8-7 over the hitherto undefeated boys of Buttonwood Bay Nazarene school at the M.C.C. grounds on Friday, June 1.
The St Martin De Porres boys led 4-2 when Glen Arzu, Clency Lopez, Mark August and Aaron Martinez scored four runs in the top of the first inning, while only Cory Anderson and pitcher Brian Pavon scored for Buttonwood in the bottom of the first.
Brian Pavon struck out five batters, but this did not stop Arzu and Lopez from scoring again in the second inning. The Buttonwood boys looked to close the gap when Erwin Lanza, Jose Suarez and Cory Anderson scored in the bottom of the second.
The St Martin’s boys extended their lead as Kirkland Lambey and Zion Zuniga scored in the top of the third inning to lead 8-5, and they hung on to their 8-7 victory when only Orlando Enrique and Erwin Lanza scored for Buttonwood in the bottom of the third.
The St Martin’s boys had moved on to the finals by a 13-6 win over the boys of Holy Redeemer RC School in the semifinals on Thursday. Pitcher Derrick Menzies allowed the Holy Redeemer boys no runs in the top of the first inning, while Marquis Conorquie, Glen Arzu, Menzies, Martinez, Melroy Pelayo, August and Gerald Smith scored seven runs in the bottom of the first.
Only Jose Macucha scored for Holy Redeemer in the top of the second, as the Martin’s boys extended their lead to 13-1, when Menzies scored and Lopez, Martinez and August all hit home runs off the pitching of Daniel Echeverria.
Holy Redeemer’s D’andre Arana, Frederick Perdomo, Daniel and Samuel Echeverria all scored in the third inning, in which Brian Sutherland hit a home run for their 6-13 loss.
The Buttonwood boys had entered the finals undefeated as they enjoyed their fifth victory, clobbering the boys of St. Luke’s Methodist School 9-5 in the semifinals on Thursday. Stanislaus O’Neil, Gian Martinez, Tre Mckenzie, Gerson Mena and Raheem Jones scored five runs for St Luke’s in the top of the first, but the Buttonwood boys led 7-5 when Anderson, Pavon, Kennard White, Effren Augustus, David Ortiz, Jawin Pandy and Suarez scored seven runs in the bottom of the first. Pavon allowed no runs to score in the top of the second while Orlando Enrique and Ortiz scored two more runs for the 9-5 win.