Panama, October 15, 2012
The San Pedro High School boys’ baseball team, won 2 games and lost 3 when they represented Belize in the Jewel’s first participation in baseball at the 17th annual COCICADER Central American Junior Students Games hosted by Panama from Friday to Monday, October 12 -15th.
Belize did not medal as a team, finishing with a two win - three loss record in five outings, but star pitcher Eduardo Carmona won a gold medal for pitching the Most Strike-outs: 18. This brought Belize’s total medal haul at this year’s CODICADER Games to 14 total: 10 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze, the most Belize has won in 6 years of participation at CODICADER. The St Catherine’s Academy girls won Belize’s first team medal in volleyball: bronze, while Sherika Burton won an individual gold for Best Attacker. Belize also won team golds for the first time in basketball – won by the Sadie Vernon Technical High School boys and in softball – won by the Ladyville Technical High School girls. The Stann Creek Ecumenical boys won Belize’s first ever football win in CODICADER: 6-3 over Nicaragua, and St Catherine’s academy girls won Belize’s first ever female basketball win.
The San Pedro High School boys had won National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) softball Championship at the Denbigh Fuller Stadium in Camalote earlier this year, but boys do not play softball at CODICADER, only baseball, so to represent Belize, the island squad had to get a whole new game. Baseball not only has a faster overhand pitch as opposed to softball’s underhand pitch, but the distance between the bases is bigger; it’s a bigger diamond altogether. The baseball is smaller, harder and travels faster. To win an individual gold medal against teams, who have been playing the sport since they were children, is a major accomplishment
The San Pedro boys enjoyed their first win: 13-1 over Costa Rica on Friday, recovering from a 0-21 loss to the hosts, Panama. On Saturday, the San Pedro boys lost 1-11 to Nicaragua, holding off the first 3 innings, giving up only 4 hits, but the island boys’ errors allowed Nicaragua to score.
On Sunday, the San Pedro boys lost again 2-11 to Honduras. Pitcher Jeffery Ray Cole gave up only 2 runs in the first 4 innings. Honduras scored 3 more runs in the top of the 5th, but Konrad Gonzalez and Merari Israel Diaz put Belize on the scoreboard when they crossed the plate in the bottom of the 5th. Honduras collected 20 hits to score 11 runs, committing one error and left 5 runners on base. Belize collected 10 hits, made 2 errors, and left 10 runners on base.
On Monday, the San Pedro boys enjoyed their second win: 6-2 against Guatemala, leading 6-0 up to the seventh inning, when Guatemala finally scored 2 runs.
Panama finished the tournament with a perfect 5 wins – 0 loss record to win the gold. Panama also swept all the other individual awards except that one by Carmona.