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Season Review Day 9. Familiar Name on the C.W.S Honour Board

Our first big event of the year was C.W.S 3 way back in May. Back at Farnham Park for 2018 and under blue sunny skies we hosted 10 teams coming from far and wide. Making up the 10 this year, we had two teams ventured up from Solent, regulars Ladyheath, Chavs and No Balls took their place along with 4 teams made up of the ladies from 4 of the clubs in the Windsor League entered and new team Blitches from the Blitz softball teams.

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Group 1

We did our usual of dividing them all into two groups of 5 playing out a round-robin. The action in Group 1, which contained the reigning CWS Cup winners, No Balls, saw the all the teams being a little inconsistent to say the least. With everyone beating each other this was turning into a very interest group. At one point No Balls looked to be in trouble when they lost their 2nd game of the day and their qualification into the Cup was in the balance. It all came down to their last game, and it took an edgy 8-6 win against Pitches Be Crazy to top the group by a solitary run and avoid a potential clash with last year’s runners up and previous winners, LadyHeath.

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Group 2

Group 2 was an equally hard-fought group by all teams, and up to the last game any two of the top 3 teams could have all qualified for the Cup, (Never a good thing for the organiser when trying to get teams to the right pitch for their play-off games).

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Tropi-gal Twisters lead the group from round 1, Chavs and LadyHeath had vied for second spot through the first two rounds. With pen and paper in hand, the permutations were simply really, if LadyHeath won their game against Cleats and Cleavage that would be enough to put them through, Chavs had to win otherwise they would miss out on the Cup competition altogether. Tropi-gals, who faced Chavs, just needed to match Ladyheath’s result to win the group, anything else and they could drop into the Plate competition.

In the end it was the Tropi-gal Twisters who unfortunately lost out in this final game shoot out as they lost to Chavs. They then needed Ladyheath to loose, but they beat Cleats and Cleavage to secure the final cup place. The group was that close, that 1st ended up 3rd with just one loss in the group phase.

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Progress

Group two saw the Scorch-Hers, returning for a second year, not only score a run this time out, but also win a game. Scorch-Hers had the mis-fortune to go through the 2017 event without a run or a win. They are now, not only on the board, but also took their place in the Plate competition for real.

The Trophies start to be handed out.

The bottom team in each group played out their own Spoon final, this year that was between Cleats and Cleavage and RG Blue Sox, with Cleats and Cleavage taking the honours. IMG_4952IMG_4962IMG_4901

The Plate semi-finals saw the Tropi-gal Twisters again miss out, as they fell to the Diamond Squeezers. Blitches halted Scorch-Hers winning run in the other semi. The Cup semi-final saw No Balls beat Chavs to set up a final against Pitches Be Crazy who somewhat surprisingly defeated last year’s runners up, LadyHeath.

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The finals saw Blitches over come Diamond Squeezers to win the Plate competition in their first outing in a female event as a club. The main final saw No Balls retain their title beating Pitches be Crazy. The team from Solent were the first team other than No Balls or Ladyheath to reach this stage, which was a huge step forward for the girls from the south coast.

clip_image006This was the third running of C.W.S and each year the level has risen. The group stages this year were the most keenly fought of all previous events, and while No Balls have reached the final each time, the other teams are certainly catching them.

A third straight win is not a foregone conclusion when C.W.S 4 returns in 2019.

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No Balls Retains C.W.S. Title

No Balls Retains C.W.S Title

clip_image002The first all-female tournament of the year took place on Sunday May 13th under blue sunny skies at Farnham Park. 10 teams ranging from Solent, to Lakenheath including 4 teams made up of the ladies from 4 of the clubs in the Windsor League, took part. The teams were divided into two groups of 5 playing out a round-robin. Group 1 containing the reigning CWS Cup winners, No Balls, saw the all the teams being a little inconsistent with everyone beating each other. The current holders looked to be in trouble when they lost their 2nd game of the day and their qualification into the Cup was in the balance right up to the last game. It took an edgy 8-6 win in their final game against Pitches Be Crazy to top the group by a solitary run and avoid a potential clash with last year’s runners up and previous winners, LadyHeath. Group 2 was an extremely hard-fought group by all teams, and up to the last game any two of the top 3 teams could have all qualified for the Cup. Tropi-gal Twisters had lead the group from round 1, Chavs and LadyHeath had vied for second spot. Into the final game, a LadyHeath win would put them through, Chavs had to win otherwise they would miss out. Tropi-gals need to match Ladyheath’s result to win the group. In the end the Tropi-gal Twisters unfortunately lost out right at the end following a defeat by Chavs and a Ladyheath win over Cleats and Cleavage. The group was thatclip_image004 close, that 1st ended up 3rd with just one loss in the group phase. Group two also saw the Scorch-Hers, not only score a run this time out, but also win a game. They had the mis-fortune to go through the 2017 event without a run or a win. They are now on the board and took their place in the Plate competition for real. The bottom team in each group played out their own Spoon final, this year that was between Cleats and Cleavage and RG Blue Sox, with Cleats and Cleavage taking the honours. The Plate semi-finals saw the Tropi-gal Twisters again miss out, as they fell to the Diamond Squeezers. Blitches halted Scorch-Hers winning run in the other semi. The Cup semi-final saw No Balls beat Chavs to set up a final against Pitches Be Crazy who defeated last years runners up, LadyHeath.

clip_image006The finals saw Blitches over come Diamond Squeezers to win the Plate competition in their first outing in a female event as a club. The main final saw No Balls retain their title beating Pitches be Crazy. The team from Solent were the first team other than No Balls or Ladyheath to reach this stage, which was a huge step forward for the girls from the south coast.

This was the third running of C.W.S and each year the level has risen. The group stages this year were the most keenly fought of all and while No Balls have reached the final each time, the other teams are certainly catching them. A third straight win is not a foregone conclusion when C.W.S 4 returns in 2019.

No Balls triumph at C.W.S 2

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Sunday May 21st saw the second running of Maidenhead Softball Club’s “Chicks with Sticks” tournament. This year 8 all-female teams compete in this one day event, with three new teams entering, RG, TV and Bracknell Scorchers, to complete alongside returning teams from 2016, No Balls, Lady Heath, Portsmouth Dodgers, Sticky Chavs and MSC’s own female team, Diamond Squeezers.

clip_image004Under glorious blue skies, these 8 teams found out a series of round-robin games, to determine the Cup and Plate competition. The competition was hard, but friendly, hitting and fielding that even surprised the resident Cricket team, as well as spectacular catching, made more interesting with fencing on both fields.

Group 1 was won by No Balls, going undefeated, from Lady Heath, Diamond Squeezers then Bracknell Scorchers. Group 2 saw Portsmouth Dodgers pip Sticky Chavs thanks to a final group game win over their rivals. RG came third ahead of TV as the two fought out a 3-3 draw in their final game. This was first draw in CWS history.

The post group stages worked out along the experience lines, with the three new clip_image006teams, plus Diamond Squeezers making up the Plate competition, while No Balls, Lady Heath, Portsmouth Dodgers and Sticky Chavs.

The semi-finals of the Cup competitions started with Portsmouth Dodgers taking on defending champions, Lady Heath. Lady Heath were determined to defend their title and put on a good performance to book their place in the final with a 24-12 win. The other semi-final pitted Sticky Chavs against No Balls. This was a very tight game that could have gone either way, in the end No Balls came out on top 15-12.

The plate semi-finals saw all the local teams face off as TV took on Diamond Squeezers and RG take on Bracknell Scorchers. It was heart break for the host club team as TV beat the Squeezers 5-4 to set a final showdown with RG who shut Bracknell out 8-0.

The Cup competition was a repeat of the 2016 final, No Balls overcame Lady Heath 17-10 to gain revenge on their one run defeat in 2016.

The Plate Final saw two of the new teams, RG and TV fight out a close game, with TV finally winning 10-9.

clip_image008The aim of the day is to provide an opportunity for the female team to play out a fun, relaxed but competitive day of Softball. Although Sticky Chavs did find way to relax between games and it wasn’t talking tactics.

C.W.S 3 will be back in 2018, will we have our first repeat Cup winner or will someone else break the monopoly No Balls and Lady Heath have started?

MSC Review of the Year Part 10. Diamond Squeezers take 3rd Place at Nottingham

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One of the areas the club has been trying to develop was in the addition of single-sex teams. There had been attempts in previous years to form a female team, but it never taken off beyond a few friendlies. This year, the momentum was there within the female club members and the Ladies team took shape.

So back in September the Maidenhead Softball Club’s Ladies, Diamond Squeezers, travelled up to Nottingham to play in their first  tournament. After 7 hard fought games they came away as Plate trophy winners and a 3rd overall place out of 7 teams.

This was a big step for the ladies, up to now they had only played a one friendly game and a couple of training game. A whole tournament was new and while the teams that had entered the event were known by name, MSC having played against many of them, the standard of the all-female teams was certainly unclear. Fears about how competitive this new team could be being highlighted in the first inning of the first game were the Diamond Squeezers conceded 6 runs and fail to get anyone close to scoring in reply. In the context of the day, that inning turned out to be their worst all day and the game settled down into a more competitive contest, Diamond Squeezers did loose however, 13-4. While they lost the second game of the day 10-4 to the Manchester ladies, the confidence was growing as the players became used to the system.

This growing confidence showed as they won 16-1 against the Pink Panthers with a polished performance, and followed that up with an 8-1 win over Scared Hitless from Leeds. Game five saw one of the best games of the day, while it was a 5-0 loss to Nottingham Sheriffs, it again showed the Diamond Squeezers were very hard to beat defensively, all the runs come in the very first inning.

Needing to win in their final game to progress to a trophy game, the Diamond Squeezers once again got their batting going and bear Pitchslap 10-4. With a 3-3 overall record, this put the Diamond Squeezers in the 3rd/4th Plate game against Scared Hitless.

This final game followed a similar pattern to the earlier meeting in the day, Diamond Squeezers again fielding very well and batting strongly to back it up. While 11-2 looks a wide margin, the game was a lot closer and only for some exceptional plays by Diamond Squeezers, the score would have been closer.

The whole day was a great success both for the ladies and the club and plans are already in place to enter Nottingham again next year, plus adding a trip to the Nationals, entering the annual Let the Girls Play and the MSC’s own all-female event in May 2016.


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What is Softball?

Co-ed slowpitch softball is a social and enjoyable game that’s easy to learn and play, even for people who are not “athletes” or don’t have much experience of team sports.

Softball is a lot like baseball in terms of the rules, but because the ball is pitched slowly to each batter (as the name implies!), it’s easy to hit the ball and succeed at the sport’s central skill. The fact that men and women play together in the same team and on an equal level gives the sport a social buzz, and most softball games are followed by sessions at the local pub!

Come and Get Involved

Maidenhead Softball Club runs weekly sessions every Friday at Newlands Girls School in Maidenhead. Sessions from 6pm until 7:30pm and are open to anyone 11 and up.

All sessions are free, no experience needed and all equipment to get you going is supplied.

For all under-18’s attending, a parent must be in attendance at the beginning of the first session to sign permission paperwork.