Sports — 25 March 2017 — by William Ysaguirre
E.P. Yorke girls and San Pedro High boys

NSSSA Softball Champions 2017

BELIZE CITY, Wed. Mar. 22, 2017–Edward P. Yorke High School girls & San Pedro High School boys won the National Secondary Schools Sports Association (NSSSA) softball championships, which were held in Belize City at Rogers Stadium on Friday and Saturday, March 17-18.

On Friday, the 4 country-zone champions, in both female and male categories, clashed in the first-round knockout format. On Saturday, the losers played for third place, and then Friday’s winners clashed for the female (F) and male (M) championships.


Representing the 4 country zones were:

North Zone – (F) Belize Rural High; (M) San Pedro High. Central Zone – (F) E.P. Yorke High; (M) E.P. Yorke High. West Zone – (F) Belmopan Comprehensive; (M) Sacred Heart College. South Zone – (F) Independence High; (M) Independence High.
Friday games

(F) Bmp Comprehensive, 10-9, over Belize Rural High. Winning pitcher (WP) – Renisha Richards; losing pitcher (LP) – Keena Pott. (M) San Pedro High, 13-3, over Sacred Heart College by Mercy Rule in 3 innings. WP – Lester Gamez; LP – Kaver Smith. (F) E.P. Yorke High, 17-16, over Independence High. WP – Jasany Westby (relieved by Tahni Garbutt); LP – Shelby Linarez. (M) E.P. Yorke High, 17-7, over Independence High, by Mercy Rule in 3 innings. WP – Kristan Tillett; LP – Jeffton Apolonio.

Saturday games
(Female 3rd place game) Independence High, 12-4, over Belize Rural High. WP – Shelby Linarez; LP – Keena Pott.
(Male 3rd place game) Independence High, 10-9, over Sacred Heart College. WP – Vince Garbutt; LP – Kaver Smith.
(Female championship game) E.P. Yorke High, 8-6, over Belmopan Comprehensive. WP – Jasany Westby; LP – Renisha Richards.
(Male championship game) San Pedro High, 9-2, over E.P. Yorke High. WP – Christian Orellano; LP – Kristan Tillett.
Individual awards were:

Most Valuable Player – Charisse Quiros (E.P. Yorke)
Most Wins – Pitcher Jasany Westby (E.P. Yorke)
Most Strikeouts – Renisha Richards, 23, (Belmopan Comprehensive)
Best Batting Average – Charisse Quiros (E.P. Yorke)
Most Runs Batted In (RBIs) – Darcielee White (E.P. Yorke)


Most Valuable Player – Christian Orellano (San Pedro High)
Most Wins – 3-way tie among Lester Gamez (San Pedro High), Kristan Tillett (E.P. Yorke) & Christian Orellano (San Pedro High)
Most Strikeouts – Lester Gamez, 10, (San Pedro High)
Best Batting Average – Jonathan Louriano (E.P. Yorke)
Most Runs Batted In (RBIs) – Isaul Coba (San Pedro High)



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