It was a good week for Maidenhead Softball Club with a hat-trick of wins across all three teams. The Royals and Marlovians both had comfortable victories against the Richings Park Eagles and Reading Blue Sox respectively, while the Rebels left it very late against Richings Park Hawks to snatch their win with the last play of the game.
Windsor and Maidenhead Softball League Division 1
Maidenhead Royals 28 Richings Park Eagles 7
The Royals put last week’s game well and truly behind them as they put on a batting display against Richings Park Eagles. Games at RP usually see the Royals score 20 or more runs, but also see them concede more. Not this time! It was an impressive return to winning ways, starting with an eight run first inning. The eagles replied with two runs and then held the Royals to one run in the second inning before scoring four themselves, the only inning during the game when they came out on top. Consistency was key as the Royals defence conceded more than two runs in only one inning, while collectively the team hit five home runs. A single Royals run in the third kept them four runs clear and the game was effectively won in the fourth with another eight runs to put the Royals eleven clear. With neither team scoring in the fifth and sixth, the game was eventually put to bed in the seventh as the Royals hit ten more runs without reply.
Windsor and Maidenhead Softball League Division 2
Reading Blue Sox 9 Maidenhead Marlovians 24
Maidenhead Rebels 14 Richings Park Hawks 13
Maidenhead Marlovians helped consolidate their position at the top of the league with a convincing 24-9 win over Reading Blue Sox, their third victory in the opening three games of the season. The Marlovians had the game all but won after the first inning as they built up an unassailable 17-0 lead. Maidenhead showed absolute consistency in their hitting throughout the batting order and, combined with some great base running, they managed to keep the score increasing. Jonny Batty started his first game as pitcher this season and put in a great performance that kept the Blue Sox score down while Natalie Birch played well on third base with some terrific catches. The first big test of the season will come next week as the Marlovians take on Cox Green based Rattlesnakes, one of the only other teams in the league with a 100% record.
The Rebels came from behind to win a thriller against Richings Park Hawks. The game really came to life in the fourth inning when both defences forgot how to field and a series of errors enabled them to score five runs apiece. The Hawks managed to regain control in the fifth, adding another five without reply and seemed to have taken control of the game for good. However, the Rebels rallied and shut out the Hawks in the sixth, but could only add one run themselves. At the bottom of the final inning, the Rebels need four runs to win. A John Eddyvean home run, his third of the night, brought the Rebels to within three of victory. When the Hawks pitcher then walked the next two batters and a throwing error put the winning run on second, it was down to Lee Benaim to drive the winning runs in. His double enabled Taylor, making her debut for the Rebels, to score the winning run. A close game that could have gone either way, kept up the Rebels 100% start to the season, however results elsewhere meant they dropped a place in the league to third.