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Aug 4, 2008

Softball girls bring back silver

Story PictureWhen they left Belize last Thursday, it was a relatively quiet event. But on their return today, the Belize Under Nineteen Softball girls came back with a bang from the Women’s Under-Nineteen softball championships for Central America, which took place over the weekend in San Salvador. It is reminiscent of the glory days when the softball girls captured gold, silver and bronze on the regional games. In this latest game, despite the long bus ride, the eighteen girls, mostly from Cayo and the Belize District, brought home Silver medals. They managed that feat even though they didn’t have much time to practice with each other before having to play games against Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador. We met some of the tired but happy players this morning when they arrived in Belize City.

Sharette Vernon,
“Well first of all we played six games. On Saturday was the worst because we had three games and it was really tiring and it was really competitive. And once we had to play a back to back game and I guess that’s why we didn’t really play the best as we could right because it was really tiring and we were tired. That’s why we didn’t play as good as we should. We played six games; we won three and we lost three. We won two against Nicaragua and one against Guatemala. We lost to Salvador twice. Once because the game rained out and we didn’t get to finish the game. We lost that one because we didn’t finish and they were leading. Once against Guatemala. The next one, I guess we were really tired and I guess we couldn’t execute when we needed to.”

Jose Sanchez
“Do you think your long trip on the bus had something to do with it?”

Sharette Vernon
“I don’t think so.”

Jose Sanchez
“What’s next?”

Sharette Vernon
“I think we need to work on our hitting because that’s what Salvador had over us. They could hit the ball. They could place the ball. That’s what we didn’t’ have much of.”

Jose Sanchez
“So how do you feel about your winnings?”

Sharette Vernon
“Proud. Feel proud.”

The girls are particularly proud of beating Guatemala 10-nil. More on sports tomorrow with James Adderley.

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