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Telemedia is National Softball Champion Again! Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 August 2012 00:00

Telemedia National Champions 2012The 22nd Edition of the National Women’s Softball Championship, is now history. The championship, which concluded on Sunday, August 26th, 2012, was again captured by Belize Telemedia Ltd (BTL) when it defeated Mirage Lady Rebels by the score of 10-3 in five innings.

Telemedia batting in the bottom of the 1st inning sent 7 batters to the plate when it tallied 3 runs. Centre-fielder, Lydia Cacho opened the inning with an infield hit and then advanced to second base on catcher Erlene Belisle’s infield hit.  This then set the stage for the showdown between Telemedia’s third baseman, Norecia Frazer and Mirage Lady Rebels starter and loser Lanisha Jones, in which Norecia Frazer drilled a Lanisha Jones’ fastball over the left field fence for a 3-run homer.

Lanisha Jones was able to retire the team without giving up any more runs in the inning. Unfortunately for her, the offence of the Telemedia team tagged into her again for an assortment of hits including a double by shortstop, Elaine Humes to centre field; a run-producing double by centre fielder Lydia Cacho, a run-producing triple by third baseman, Norecia Frazer and a run-producing single by pitcher Mary Flowers that chased her from the mound. Lanisha’s older sister, Lisa was called in to replace her and she came in and retired the next batter without any more damage.

Meanwhile, Mirage Lady Rebels were able to score three runs in the top of the 3rd inning when shortstop, Sherette Vernon opened the inning with a single to centre field, advance to second base on relief pitcher Lisa Jones’ single to left field, and then scored on catcher Ashanti Anderson’s run-producing single to centre field. Jones who advanced to third base later scored on pitcher Mary Flowers wild pitch, with Ashanti Anderson scoring on a fielders’ choice.

Telemedia, batting in the bottom of the 3rd inning, scored three more runs on 2 bases on balls, 2 fielding errors by shortstop Sherette Vernon and a run producing single by catcher Earlene Belisle.

In the bottom of the 4th inning, Telemedia scored the final run of the championship when right fielder Barbara Cadle drilled a Lanisha Jones fastball over the head of centre fielder Marsha Cassasola for a triple and then scored on a throwing error by Cassasola.

On the line for Belize Telemedia were 10 runs on 11 hits, while Mirage Lady Rebels scored 3 runs on 4 hits. The winning pitcher was Mary Flowers and the loss was charged to Lanisha Jones.

Telemedia advanced to the championship game when it defeated Mirage Lady Rebels by the score of 5-3 in ten innings in game 9 of the championship that was played early Sunday morning.  Telemedia scored 5 runs on 8 hits, while Mirage Lady Rebels scored 3 runs on 3 hits. The winning pitcher was Mary Flowers and the losing pitcher was Lanisha Jones.

On Saturday, August 25th, Telemedia defeated Flowers Bank Easy Does It by the score of 7-0 also in 5 innings. Telemedia scored all 7 runs on 10 hits, while on the line for Flowers Bank was no run on no hits. The winning pitcher was Mary Flowers and the losing pitcher was Margaret Hendy.

On Friday, August 24th, Telemedia defeated Sandhill Unstoppables by the score of 10-3 in 5 innings. Telemedia scored 10 runs on 11 hits including third baseman Norecia Frazer’s solo blast over the centre field fence off Sandhill’s starter and loser Sheraine Westby.

For Sandhill Unstoppables, it scored 3 runs on 0 hits.

In the other games played during the championship, Mirage Lady Rebels playing from the loser’s bracket eliminated Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy by the score of 5-3. The winning pitcher was Lanisha Jones and the losing pitcher was Leandra Guy. Meanwhile, in game 10, Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy eliminated its rival Camalote United by the score of 8-4. The winning pitcher was Leandra Guy and the losing pitcher was Francine Salazar.

In game eight, Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy eliminated Sandhill Unstoppables by the score of 15-4 in 4 innings. The winning pitcher was Leandra Guy and the losing pitcher was Sheraine Westby. In game 7, Camalote United eliminated Flowers Bank Easy Does It by the score of 8-5. The winning pitcher was Francine Salazar and the losing pitcher was Margaret Hendy.

In the 4th game played on Saturday, Sandhill Unstoppables eliminated Falcons by the score of 9-1. The winning pitcher was Sheraine Westby and the losing pitcher was Marina Gongora. In the first game played on Saturday morning, Flowers Bank Easy Does It defeated Falcons by the score of 22-0.

At the end of the championship, Joel Wade 1st Vice Chairman of the National Sports Council presented the Phil Symms Trophy to BTL, the sub-champion and 3rd place trophies, the gold, silver and bronze medals to the players and coaches, the individual awards winners and the Lennox “Carrots” Cattouse Award.

The individual winners for the 22nd National Women’s Championship were: Batting Average: Greta Davis - .556 (Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy), Home Runs: Norecia Frazer – 2 (Telemedia), Runs Batted In: Norecia Frazer – 6 (Telemedia), Stolen Bases: Earline Belisle – 2 (Telemedia), Most Wins: Mary Flowers 4-0 (Telemedia), Most Strike Outs: Leandra Guy – 14 (Roaring Creek Grace Kennedy) and the MVP Award went to Norecia Frazer (Telemedia).