According to a press release yesterday from the Softball Federation of Belize, the National Women’s Softball Team had finished the Round Robin play at the Central American Games in San Jose, Costa Rica with a 4-1 won-loss record, which assured Belize of at least a medal in the Games.
In its first game on Monday, March 5, Belize defeated hosts Costa Rica, 9-2, behind winning pitcher Kenreen Gillett. Belize then lost, 4-0, to Guatemala, with Francine Hoare picking up the loss.
On Tuesday, Belize dropped Nicaragua, 4-1, with Lanisha Jones the winning pitcher.
On Wednesday, Belize shut out El Salvador, 4-0, with Francine Hoare getting the win. Then Belize overpowered Panama, 16-9, with Francine Hoare again picking up the win, this time in relief of Kenreen Gillett.
Yesterday’s press release continued:
“Belize is currently seeded two into the playoffs” and “has assured itself at least a medal in the X Central American Games.
“The Page System Playoffs will be played on Thursday, March 7.”
Belize gets Bronze
Tonight, Thursday, we got the bad news with another press release from the Softball Federation as follows:
“The National Women’s Softball Team finished the X Central American Games with the Bronze Medal.
“In the second semi-final game in the Page System, Guatemala defeated Belize by the score of 2-0 to advance to the Grand Final. The losing pitcher was Francine Hoare.
“In the third game of the Page System, the Final, El Salvador defeated Belize by the score of 14-4. The losing pitcher was Kenreen Gillett who had relief help from Lisa Jones.
“The team is scheduled to arrive home tomorrow at 3:40 p.m.”
(Ed. Note: Good effort, ladies! 2-0; that was one heck of a battle. Don’t fret. Let’s get to work on those bats, and we’ll get the Gold next time.)