On the 30th October the Birmingham Bobcats joined the Monmouth Rockets, the Cardiff Hammers, Team Phoenix, Winter Monkeys and Go Balls Deep for a fantastic day in Wales. The tournament was organised by David Lee from the Bristol Softball Association and Gareth Dunn from Monmouth School to promote support and communications between new centres of Softball and to give everyone a last chance to play outdoors before the Winter.
The Bobcats had an hour to train before their first game against the Monmouth Rockets so the team captain for the day - Meg Gallahan - had everyone practicing pickle drills to enhance our tagging skills.
Both Jeff and Reinout were superb pitchers for the day - lots of strikes and very few balls! Unfortunately, as is usually the case with our first game of the day, we were thrashed by the Rockets. As it was there first ever tournament we needed to up our game quite considerably!
The main aim of the day was to beat Team Phoenix who we had encountered at Leicester and Stroud and lost both times. This was our fifth game of the day - just like in Stroud.
Unfortunately Sarah's agrresive base running ended badly with a twisted ankle. However she did start scoring for the first time and did a great job.
Our last game was against Go Balls Deep again to find out who got the wooden spoon. In the last innings we were two points down and needed a Halloween miracle.
And finally, thank you to all the teams who participated and especially the Bobcats for their unbeatable team spirit, their dedication and their fantastic company.