Last week the community of San Pedro and the San Pedro High School celebrated the victory of the male softball team that became the Northern Regional Softball Champions and this week the SPHS Male Softball Team brought home the National Softball Champions title.
On Monday, March 19, 2012, the boys were proudly paraded through the streets of San Pedro with the entire school following behind celebrating their great accomplishments, a first ever for SPHS.
SPHS Male Softball National Champions
The San Pedro High School, Northern Region Champions, participated in the National Secondary School Softball tournament held on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, at the Denbigh Fuller Stadium in Camalote Village in the Cayo District. In the semi-finals game played on Friday, March 16, 2012, the SPHS boys handily defeated the western champs Belmopan Baptist School 13 to 1 behind a strong pitching performance from Charles Richards. In other semi-finals games, the Central Region Champs, St. John’s College edged out the Southern Champions, Independence High School 9 to 8.
The championship game between SJC and SPHS was a hotly contested match where neither of the team gave up. SPHS was down to its last three outs trailing SJC 9 to 6 and was given a huge boost by leadoff hitter Alex Roache in the bottom of the 5th inning. Alex pumped the first pitch he saw to a straightway center for a home run cutting the deficit to two. Roache’s homerun would derail SJC’s pitching ace composure that would aid SPHS in tying the game through a series of walks, hit by pitch and wild pitches. With the game tied at 9 apiece with two on and two outs SJC opted to walk Cole Ray to face Charles Richards who had struck out in his two previous at bats. Richards would deliver an infield single scoring Luis Pinelo from 3rd base propelling SPHS to its First National Titel in any sport. At the end of the tournament the Most Valuable Players honors was awarded to Charles Richards.
SPHS Male Softball Team and Coaches
San Pedro High School would like to express its heartfelt appreciation to Mr. Derrick Jones, Mr. Paul Kelly, Mr. Brandon Bood, Mr. Dave and Mrs. Jo Nisbet and Mark Tatko of International Sports Outreach, Jason and Vanessa Carlson, Julio Chacon, Edgar Munguia, Albert Dawson, Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the San Pedro Town Council, Elsa Paz, Parents, Principal and staff of the San Pedro High School fans for your overwhelming support.