Thursday, 21 July 2011

West Midlands Softball Diamond League

On the 15th May 2011, the Birmingham Bobcats, Coventry Tigers and the Leamington Hawks met at Hallfield School, Birmingham to play the first tournament in the West Midlands Softball Diamond League.  Everyone was excited that the league had been re-established and were keen to prove themselves.  The Tigers and the Bobcats had faced each other before, but the Hawks had only formed this season so it was going to be an interesting day. 

The tournament was umpired by Mike Jennings.

First up was the Bobcats verses the Tigers at 12pm.  Last time these two teams met, the Bobcats had a team full of newbie ringers and lost the game, so they were keen to show how much they had progressed.    The Tigers were full of spirit and banter, which they thought could intimidate the Bobcats – they were wrong.  Jeff hit a home run, Alex battled against the wind a delivered excellent pitching, Meg kept the Tiger’s banter in line, Ross caught a fantastic flyball and slide his way to victory. After a close game, with tensions running high, the Bobcats were victorious. 

At 1pm it was the Tigers verses the Hawks.  This was one of the first games for the Hawks so both the Bobcats and the Tigers helped the newcomers claw a good result against the wily Tigers. 

At 3pm the Bobcats successfully took on the increasingly skilful Hawks and walked away with the tournament. 

The last game was an unofficial match mixing the Bobcats and the Tigers.

Within the Bobcats Jeff was voted Most Valuable Offensive player for his two home runs, and Meg the Most Valuable Defensive Player for her skills both on and off the pitch. 

The raffle was won by Jess West of the Leamington Hawks and Jeff, on behalf of Straightline Performance, presented her with a new glove and ball. 

Off the pitch the Bobcats were delighted to see a couple of old faces– Shane and Matt – who will hopefully be joining us for training again this year.

Overall a fantastic day all round.  Here's a selection of photos from the day.

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