By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
When the combined team of Lenora Delville/Ivan Dawson cut into the Ebenezer Thomas 5-1 lead with a 2-run third inning, making the score 5-3, coach Raymond “Chi Chi” Fonseca told his squad not to worry, they still have an opportunity to put the game away.
They responded with eight runs while holding Lenora Delville/Ivan Dawson scoreless, to seal the Little League Baseball Championship game 13-3 on Saturday at the E. Walwyn Brewley Softball Park.
“The kids have been training really, really hard for the last two months in Sea Cows Bay,” Fonseca told Island Sun Sports. “We started off really hot, 3-0 when the league started, then lost three back to back games, then we turned it around. We had a playoff win last week and today, we won the championship. The kids are all excited. They put in the hard work and this is the reward for them.”
Ebenezer Thomas trimmed Francis Lettsome/Joyce Samuels, 6-5 to advance to the championship, while Lenora Delville/Ivan Dawson outslugged Althea Scatliffe, edging them 9-8, for their pathway to the title game.
Lenora Delville/Ivan Dawson coach Anthony Bridgewater said it was a good championship game.
“But not for my team. I would have liked for my team to do a whole lot better,” he said. “They didn’t bring their best today. We have to accept that Ebenezer Thomas, they brought their A game, so we have to give them props—great game for them.”
Fonseca said he’d like to see the outer islands of Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke, get involved as it’s a primary schools league. This he said, would require more manpower to help the association, as he’d like to see the entire territory participating.
“This is a start for them and it was a successful league with four teams to me,” he said. “It was very competitive, so I hope next year, there will be more schools involved.”
Reflecting on the league, Bridgewater, who’s also part of the baseball association, said he thought it was a great league and they’re hoping for greater participation when action kicks off in October.
“We already have a couple coaches committed to coaching so we expect to have nine teams in the coming season,” he said. “We have identified some players we want to use for our travel team and have identified the players that have developed rapidly and we’re going to work with those players and a couple others, during a summer camp we’ll have in July and August.”
The camp is expected to convene around July 20 and run for three weeks, Bridgewater confirmed.