Belize Telemedia , the national women’s softball champions, hammered the Belize rural champions, Easy Does It of Flowers Bank, 11-2 to win the finals of the fourth annual Charles Solis softball marathon at Rogers Stadium in Belize City on Sunday, September 30.
Easy Does It pitcher Margaret Hendy held off the Telemedia women for the first two innings, but Telemedia went on to collect eight hits off Hendy’s pitching. The Flowers Bank defense committed four errors in the bottom of the third inning, allowing catcher Earlene Belisle, Lydia Cacho and Martha Rhys to score.
They erred four times again in the bottom of the fourth and Babsy Cadle, Christine Jacobs and Martha Rhys rounded the bases again, scoring three more runs for a 6-0 lead. Easy Does It held off the Telemedia assault in the bottom of the fifth, but erred again in the sixth, when Belisle, Cacho, Jacobs, Rhys and Ruth Lamb scored five more runs to lead 11-0. Flowers Bank women collected three hits off Mary Flowers’ pitching and Sharra and Shanna Robinson scored in the bottom of the sixth.
The Telemedia women also shut down the Cayo district champions, Camalote United 5-3 in the second game of the day, relegating them to a consolation game for third place. Frances Coye and Beverly Hyde had scored for Camalote in the top of the first inning, but Earlene Belisle and Cacho soon tied the score 2-2 when they scored in the bottom of the first. Hyde scored again in the top of the third to give Camalote a 3-2 lead, but the Telemedia women shut out the Cayo women after that while Rhys and Kimani Williams walloped Kenisha Sutherland’s pitching to score two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Elaine Humes scored a fifth run in the bottom of the sixth. It was all over when the Camalote women failed to score in the top of the seventh.
The Easy Does it women also stunned the Belize City champions, Mirage Lady Rebels, with a surprise 7-6 upset in the opening game of the tournament. Martha Cassasola and Lisa Jones walloped Margaret Hendy’s pitching to score two runs in the bottom of the first, while pitcher Lanisha Jones held off the Flowers Bank batters in the first two innings.
Hendy gave up no more runs in the next four innings, while Dian Baldwin scored the village women’s first run in the top of the third, and Cathleen Rhaburn, Sharra and Shanna Robinson and Anna Gillett scored four more runs in the top of the sixth to lead 5-2.
Sharette Jones and Aludy Arthurs scored two more runs for the Rebels in the bottom of the sixth, but they trailed 4-7 when Baldwin and Shanna Robinson scored again in the top of the seventh inning. Sharette Vernon and Lisa Jones scored in the bottom of the seventh, but they failed to tie the score as Easy Does it cruised on to the finals.
The Lady Rebels then hammered Camalote 5-0 in the consolation game for third place.
Kenisha Sutherland struck out three batters, but the Lady Rebels still collected 10 hits off Sutherland’s pitching, allowing Ashanti Anderson to score in the bottom of the third, Clarencia Jones and Lisa Jones scored in the bottom of the fifth and Cassasola and Lanisha Jones scored in the bottom of the sixth.
Charles Solis’ son, Rory Solis, presented the first, second and third place medals to Telemedia, Easy Does it and Lady Rebels. Flowers Bank’s Shanna Robinson, who scored three runs, had driven in several more and had a better than 0.500 batting average in seven times at bat, won the Most Valuable Player award.