Bristol Bam triumphs at seventh Hit and Run Tournament

Tue 24 Sep 2019

Bristol Bam were crowned winners of the seventh running of the Maidenhead Softball Club’s Hit and Run Tournament on Sunday 15 September at North Maidenhead Cricket Club.

This tournament is the climax of Maidenhead Softball Club’s playing season and is run in September each year to allow new players the opportunity to put the skills they have learned over the summer into practice.


Round-robin

Eight teams participated, including four teams from the Windsor & Maidenhead Softball League and four from surrounding leagues.

The tournament started with a round-robin format, and in exceptional September heat the eight teams played some good and exciting softball during the group stages, with a number of early games being settled by less than four runs.

Cup and Shield

Round-robin games were completed by early afternoon and the tournament then split into the traditional Cup and Shield competitions.

Maidenhead’s own team, the Rascals, were the only local team that made it out of the group stages into the Cup competition.

Surprisingly, last year’s Cup Winners, the PSL All-Stars, missed out on the chance to defend their title because a previous Cup winner, High Voltage, beat the group-leading Rascals.  The PSL All-Stars would have to settle for the Shield Competition.

Semi-finals

High Voltage’s reward for knocking out the All-Stars was a Cup semi-final match-up with the team from Milton Keynes, MK Diamonds, while the home team Rascals drew the very good Bristol Bam team.

However, both semi-finals were rather one-sided.  The MK Diamonds overcame High Voltage 14-5 and Bristol Bam defeated the Rascals 18-5.

The Shield semi-finals were much closer affairs.  Bracknell Scorchers beat local rivals RG Blue Jays 10-8 to set up a meeting with the PSL All-Stars, who beat the other local team, Thames Valley Hurricanes, by 11-7.
 

The finals

In the Shield final, the PSL All-Stars finally found the form that had taken them to the Cup title 12 months earlier and defeated the Scorchers 27-5.

The Cup final was a rematch of the closely-fought first game of the day between the MK Diamonds and Bristol Bam.  The Diamonds had won the group game 11-8 to inflict Bristol Bam’s only defeat of the day, and hopes were high for another close encounter.

Bam set about the final intent on gaining revenge.  For the majority of the game they were certainly in control, but the Diamonds refused to fold and were always just one good inning away from getting back in the game.

That inning finally came, but just a bit too late.  While the Diamonds fought valiantly, in the end it was the Bristol team that hung on to win 15-13.

It was a final worthy of ending a very hot and successful day.

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