|Base Invaders||WL. 10-11|
|Bombers (SF)||L. 4-12|
An enjoyable day out in the sun that gave us some valuable game time - and we won a couple of games as well. The day didn't start on a good note when Matty had to drop out early on Saturday morning, but with a bit of help from old boy Michael and an emergency call up for Craig we kept the show on the road.
We started the day with a high scoring, close, loss against the Base Invaders in which both teams batted a lot better than they fielded. More impressive batting, and some tighter fielding then gave us two good wins against the Camels and the Chester Drawers before a loss in our final group game against the heavy hitting Bombers team.
After an hour's gap that put us in the silver cup semi-final against that same Bombers team, a game in which our bats never really got going.
OBP queen over the day was Sandra (800) with James (750) being the male leader. James was also our Home Run leader with a brace, Craig and TK also one Home Run each. In the field there were lots of encouraging performances. Worthy of particular mention were Oli, who did a good job at short stop, and Alyssa who put in an impressive performance at pitcher in our 3rd game.
|Camels II||W. 8-0|
A successful weekend at Firstball culminated in the undefeated Tigers taking the Silver Cup after a blistering performance in the final against the Sharks. It was a weekend of two halves with a wet cold and windy Saturday followed by a sunny, warm Sunday that reminded any doubters why we love playing Softball.
On Saturday we star with a big win against the Speeders followed by a shut out of Camels II. In the afternoon we had a good win against the Bobcats followed by a scratchy performance in a narrow win against the Hackers. Our last game of the day was an agreed tie against the Sharks - it was windy, wet and horrible so we went to the pub.
On Sunday morning a solid win against the Bats was followed a wild, high scoring ties against the Meerkats. At the end of the round robin we ended 2nd (on runs conceded) to the Sharks.
Our semi final was a rematch against the Meerkats. Again there was some big hitting but the defences turned up this time and we won a close encounter to reach the final.
In the final against the Sharks we put in our best performance of the weekend. Big hitting and good defence, highlighted by Alyssa's bases loaded running catch in centre field that snuffed out the Sharks last chance of getting back into the game.
Overall we had a really successful weekend. Home Run leader was Dan(4) followed by Brad and Matty (2 each), then Jonny, James and Steve with 1 apiece. Jonny (789) was the male OBP leader closely pursued by Matty (773). TK (739) was the female leader with Jackie (722) close behind.
In the field both pitchers played well all weekend. Jonny, Craig and Alyssa were all excellent in the outfield. Mikala was impressive at 2nd (and hit with real power). TK and Jackie both did fine jobs at first. Everyone else contributed lots of good work throughout a long weekend that left us with a trophy, booze and lots to look forward to this season.
A tough day at the office for our Comp team but we played hard all day, got one win, came close to another and didn't let ourselves down in a long, hard (and cold) day of Softball. We were the only second division team in the competition and overall our performances against Division 1 and NSL teams were more than respectable.
We started with a heavy, sobering (in more ways than one), defeat against the Mavericks before enjoying a well deserved victory against Mayhem. We were competitive in our next 2 games against Latinos and Dodgers before suffering further heavy losses to the Camels and Sox. Our final, placing, game saw us facing the Dodgers again and we went down to a heavier, but still respectable, defeat than in the our first outing against them.
Batting leaders over the day were Mikala and Matty. Home Run champions were Dan and Alyssa with 2 apiece, Matty, Brad, Craig and Jackie also chipped in with 1 each.
In the field there were lots of nice plays and hard work all through the line up. Steve and Matty both pitched well. Dan showed impressive range at short stop. Holly did some nice work in both infield and outfield. Craig was death to flying things in left field, Caroline continued from Saturday as Queen of turning pop ups into outs. Everyone else did lots of good work and the whole team kept their heads up through what was a long, hard day.
The weather was dry again, though bitterly cold and we certainly got our money's worth with 7 games in total, indeed those who played both days should be in mid season form by the time the league campaign starts in a couple of weeks, if they've recovered by then!
A successful day for our recreational level team that saw us finish as runners up in North West 1 tournament. Three easy wins against the less experienced teams were followed by a close run fourth game victory against a strong Thunder team. That took us through to the Gold final where we went down to a narrow loss against our old foes the Bobcats. The tournament gave Evie, Janine and Aiden their first taste of competitive softball. Mikala returned to action after a multi-year gap and Steve Girling after a year off.
In the field Steve B. did a fine job at pitcher. James battled hard at short stop and made some nice plays. Sally was excellent at 3rd. Craig was faultless in the outfield and Steve G. took some highlight reel catches. Mikala got hit by one very hard hit ball at first but didn't let that put her off and was good all day.
With the bats the OBP leaders were Caroline and Aiden. Home Run heroes were Sally (1), Steve B. (2), Craig (4) and James (5).
Overall we had a successful and enjoyable day. It was dry all day and it had even warmed up a bit by the time we returned from our lunchtime visit to the pub.