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Jul 20, 2009

Nizhee Corozal wins B.P.F.L. championships

Story PictureGood evening I’m James Adderley and you’re logged on to Sports Monday. Game two of the B.P.F.L. 2009 championship series was staged inside the Ricalde Stadium yesterday where Hankook Verdes of Cayo came in with a one goal lead from game one against host team Nizhee Corozal. It could have been a dream start for the visitors when in the opening minutes, Norman ‘Tilliman’ Nunez sets table perfectly for Marlon Mesa who squanders the scoring opportunity with this high riser. We’re just twenty-four minutes in when Antonio Castillo thunders this ball from way outside the eighteen. It crashes into the net despite a gallant effort by goalkeeper Jaime Brooks. Nizhee Corozal take a 1-zip lead. A minute take Derys Benavidez beats the Verdes defense only to see his final touch veer outside the sticks. Folks it’s the twenty-sixth minute when Rafael Rivero catches up with this center and heads it into the net as Nizhee takes a 2-zip lead in the ballgame and a 2-1 lead dint he two game series. Still, Nizhee wants more and Verdes literally dodges a bullet right here when Jamie Brooks barely turns back this push by Kenrick Pelayo to make it a 3-nil ballgame. Meanwhile, if you’re a Verdes fan, you must accept today is not your day when Benavides’’ shot at goal is stopped by defense man Luis Mendez who gives that ball to Kenrick Pelayo of Corozal and at the forty-second minute Nizhee Corozal has a commanding 3-nothing lead. And yes, the Corozal fans already smell ownership of the 2009 B.P.F.L. title. Immediately Verdes looks to reply when Daniel Jimenez sets up Marlon Mesa whose attempt to pull one back can only be described as disappointing. At the half we take this opportunity to impress you with the silverware in store for the winner of today’s ballgame while the runner up will have to settle for medals.

In the second half Norman Nunez tries to bend this spot kick around the defensive wall but ball does not bend enough at the end to make a difference. Now keep your eyes on this throw in. The ball somehow reaches Kenrick Pelayo and somehow the ball beats Brooks and guess what we have a 4-zip ballgame at the fifty-fourth minute. Who would have imagined this situation? And folks, today is just not a good day for Verdes indeed. Ricardo Jimenez does everything he needs to do here but the defense does enough to deny him a goal. Even when the new goalkeeper off the Nizhee bench looses this ball the Verdes team simply can’t capitalize. Verdes wants at least a consolation goal for its legion of fans and this strike by Marlon Mesa should have accomplished that. Morriera comes up with the stop, however, Jose Rodriguez can’t do anything with the rebound. It’s a defeated Verdes team that gives Sergio Gilharry this look at goal and he almost makes them pay. Verdes escapes again when Victor Norales beats his man only to fail with the push over Jamie Brooks. And yes, folks the long whistle brings the 2009 B.P.F.L. title to Nizhee Corozal who beat Hankook Verdes 4-1 on and aggregate in this two game series we say congratulations. We now take this opportunity to congratulate Derys Benavidez who walked away deservingly with the MVP trophy for the 2009 playoffs. To the victor goes the spoils people.

In other football news, female play over the weekend saw Pumas Girls pound Millennium 4-2 while Gentle Touch blanked the B.D.F. 5-zip.

Checking the Mayor Cup at Dangriga, the quarter finals results shows that Harlem beat Backatown United 3-1, Southside Youths sunk Silk Grass 3-1, New Site Tren Settaz blanked Coco Strikers 2-zip. Thus this Thursday brings up the semi-finals match-up between Harlem and Southside Youths.

In softball news, the Belize Rural held its four team championship series yesterday at Lords Bank and we join the match-up between Sandhill Sluggers and St. Paul’s in the bottom of the eighth tied at seven runs apiece. Herlett Clarke serves this pitch to Sherraine Westby and the Sandhill pitcher helps herself with this double that brings Gloria Escalante home. Clarke then gets Shantel O to fly out but it’s long enough to get Westby home. Later in the inning this pass ball allows Montel Bailey to score from third as Sandhill goes on to post the 10-3 big W to arrive at the finals against Flowers Bank.

We join this championship match-up in the third inning with Sandhill up by one. Stacy Smith hits to the outfield, short stop Shara Robinson comes up with an errant throw. Smith is safe and Charlee Canton scores from second. Pitcher Margaret Hendy then gives up this hit to Gloria Escalante who brings home Smith as the Sluggers go up 3-zip. We’re in top of the fourth when Sandhill Sluggers’ Pitcher Sherraine Westby is hit hard by Lillian Rhaburn with two aboard it turns out to be an in the park homerun with three runs scored. We’re in the top of the fifth when Jamelia Bradley brings home Latesha Flowers from third with this swing. The next batter Charlee Canton smacks one to the outfield to bring in Bradley. Canton scores on this pitch in the dirt from Clarke to smith. The bases are loaded for Montel Bailey and she comes through with flying colors to bring two more runs in. It would be a five run explosion by Sandhill in the inning. Sandhill Sluggers go on to win the Belize Rural Softball title in a 12-6 decision and we say congrats.

In closing the Belize Softball Federation will host a Telethon on Saturday, twenty-fifth July from seven a.m. to six p.m. in a joint effort with the Venezuelan Embassy in an effort to raise the balance of twelve thousand dollars needed to get the Belize National Women Team to the seventh Pan America Softball Championship. Like I say all the time, I’m a Belizean and I know you are. If you can help, please do.

But that’s it for now. We invite you back same time, same place next week. Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.


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