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Aug 9, 2013

National Women Softball Team heads to Pan Am Games

Belize has seen the departure and return of the U-sixteen football team from the Copa Nacional Gladiadores Merida and the Jaguars from the Gold Cup. Another set of athletes hopes to bring back gold to the jewel.  A group of female soft ballers departed from the Philip Goldson International Airport this morning. The national team is bound for Puerto Rico for the Pan Am Women’s Championship. Duane Moody caught up with team members before they departed from the P.G.I.A.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The national female softball team will represent Belize in Puerto Rico starting Saturday in a qualifying tournament. Several countries across the region and the hemisphere will be competing and Belize is looking to place and advance in the games. Head Coach Gregory Moguel says that the team is in top shape for the tournament.

 

Gregory Moguel, Head Coach, National Female Softball Team

Gregory Moguel

“We are going into a qualifying tournament. This tournament will be three qualifying section of it. They are going to qualify for the World Series, for the Pan Am Games and for Central American and Caribbean Games. We are more focusing on qualifying for the Central American and Caribbean Games where we have to place fifth to be qualified for that. America and Canada will be there, but they are going to be qualified for the World Series and not within the tournaments that we are trying to qualify for.”

 

Duane Moody

“What’s the expectation for the games?”

 

Gregory Moguel

“The expectation is very high. The team is a much stronger team. We have made some adjustments to the team and we are stronger offensively and defensively and we have players who are still in tournaments going on in the city and some competition have just finished like a week or two ago. So they are within proper shape for the tournament itself.”

 

Pitcher, Lanisha Jones, says that with all the training they’ve been doing, the team is ready and will guarantee that they will place in the Pan Am Women’s Champions.

 

Lanisha Jones

Lanisha Jones, Pitcher, National Female Softball Team

“Our expectation is to qualify for tournaments to be held in Canada and Mexico.”

 

Duane Moody

“What training have you guys been putting in to ensure that you are prepared for these games?”

 

Lanisha Jones

“We have been putting in vigorous training, late nights going home and I think that it will pay off.”

 

Duane Moody

“You know they say that the pitcher is the one that carried the game along. What is it that you are going to bring to the table to ensure that you seal that win for Belize?”

 

Lanisha Jones

“Well I will make sure as a pitcher to have the opposing team to have less hits and less bases.”

 

The team returns on the nineteenth of August. Duane Moody for News Five.

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