Mix and Meteors Blue stay top in GBFL race

Mon 1 May 2017

There was no change at the top of the Women’s and Men’s League standings in the Great Britain Fastpitch League (GBFL) after Week 2 at Farnham Park on Saturday 29 April, with four Saturdays still to come.

Though the day was mainly cool and cloudy, there were patches of warm sunshine in the afternoon, and best of all, no rain.  GBFL organisers will have been pleased to get through the opening two dates in April with no disruptions due to weather and will be hoping for warmer temperatures in May.
 

Women’s League

In the five-team Women’s League, The Mix, a team made up mainly of GB Women and Under-19 Women players, had three more easy wins to move to a 6-0 record and open up a two-game advantage over last year’s champion London Angels.

The Mix batted well throughout the day, scoring 44 runs in three games, with GB Women’s Team player Amy Wells, now batting left-handed to take advantage of her speed, providing a spark at the top of the line-up and continually getting on base.  Behind her was consistent batting from Chelsie Robison, Hannah Pitman, Nicole Ratel, Saskia Davies, Sian Wigington, Marianna Casal and England-rounders-turned-softball players Katie Jessop and Megan Beard.

But the Angels, at 4-2, are still in touch with The Mix, and the Angels can point to the fact that they have been playing so far without their full team.  Some Angels players have been far away in New Zealand during the first two weeks of the GBFL season, winning gold in the Over-35 Women’s Recreational Division at the World Masters Games.

On Saturday, The Mix saved their Canadian pitcher Andrea Williams for the final game of the day against the Angels, and she handled their line-up easily in a 14-1 win.  Earlier, The Mix had thrown relatively novice pitchers Sian Wigington and Chelsie Robison against The Strays and the Free Agents, a team with a number of GB Under-16 players, but the results were very similar – an 18-1 demolition of The Strays and a 12-5 win over the Free Agents.

The Oxford Diamonds, who are hoping to bolster their pitching when GB Women’s Team player Amie Hutchison returns from her college softball season in the United States, are also within striking distance of the top with a 3-2 record.  On Saturday, the Diamonds played solidly in recording a 13-7 win over the Free Agents and a 10-5 win over The Strays.


Scores and standings​

The scores and standings from 29 April in the Women’s League were:

London Angels 17, Free Agents 5
The Mix 18, The Strays 1
The Mix 12, Free Agents 5
Oxford Diamonds 13, Free Agents 7
London Angels 15, The Strays 1
Oxford Diamonds 10, The Strays 5
The Mix 14, London Angels 1

 

TEAMS W L D PCT RUN DIFF
The Mix 6 0 0 1.000 +72
London Angels 4 2 0 .667 +16
Oxford Diamonds 3 2 0 .600 -6
The Strays 1 4 0 .200 -42
Free Agents 0 6 0 .000 -40

 

Men’s Division

In the Men’s Division, Meteors Blue retained their grip on first place after the second week’s play, but suffered their first defeat of the season, going down 8-2 to Meteors Black in their last game of the day.

Meteors Black were also 2-1 on the day, splitting a pair of games against Meteors Red in addition to their win over Meteors Blue, and they sit in second place, just one game behind the division leaders.

Meteors Green, a team with a number of GB Under-19 Men’s Team players and the experienced John Brown as a pitcher, had a good day on Saturday, upsetting Meteors Black 9-3, and then winning one game against the Chichester Falcons 6-2 before drawing another, 5-5.  These results put them in third place at the end of the day, just one game in the loss column behind the leaders.

The Chichester Falcons, who are new to the league this year and consist mainly of slowpitch players from the Solent League, have yet to record a win, but have played a number of close games and are holding their own. 

But the Tigers, who squeezed past the Falcons 7-6 in their last game of the day, are doing even better, and occupy fourth place with three wins, three losses and a draw.

With all six teams in the Men’s Division featuring creditable pitching, the standard of play is high and most games are competitive, as can be seen from the scores below.  The race for the league title, at this stage, looks far from settled.


Scores and standings​

The scores and standings from 29 April in the Men’s League were:

Meteors Green 6, Chichester Falcons 2
Meteors Red 13, Tigers 13
Meteors Blue 5, Chichester Falcons 3
Meteors Green 9, Meteors Black 3
Meteors Blue 13, Tigers 0
Meteors Red 10, Meteors Black 3
Chichester Falcons 5, Meteors Green 5
Meteors Black 8, Meteors Blue 2
Meteors Black 12, Meteors Red 8
Tigers 7, Chichester Falcons 6

 

TEAMS W L D PCT RUN DIFF
Meteors Blue 6 1 0 .857 +36
Meteors Black 5 2 0 .714 +12
Meteors Green 3 2 1 .583 +9
Tigers 3 3 1 .500 -15
Meteors Red 1 4 1 .250 -11
Chichester Falcons 0 6 1 .071 -31

 

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