Category Archives: Indoor League

Season Review Day 1. Where it all started back with Indoor

As the year enters it’s final months and we start to think about 2019, let’s take time this December to look back and remember the year. The good times, the bad times, those extremely hot days and that very hard ground. All added up, it made 2018.

So, let’s start were it all began, with the Indoor league. It’s fair to say that Maidenhead Softball Club and WMSL Indoor League have an interesting history. We love to play in it, but our record is pretty woeful. It’s often been the case that we don’t win a game till February, it’s not an unusual 20180429_160408thing to see us at the bottom of the table and we don’t start playing until the title has already been decided. 2018 was different. So very different, you had to look down at the badge on the shirt to even realise this was the Maidenhead team and we were not only winning, but we were on top of the table.

The team started like a little slow to be honest, although the first week did include a win against RG Blue Sox, who themselves have been unlucky in not winning a title in the past two years. By the time March came around we had played and beaten everyone. There was talk of an undefeated season on the cards, but the unstoppable train was switched to a siding in March, two unexpected defeats in the reverse of the opening fixtures did put the brakes on. There was even talk that we couldn’t win without certain players in our team.

There are still those questions out there, but one thing is certain, after the fixtures on March20180317_160734 14th, when we beat TV for the second time, the title was there for taking. What followed was a week to remember. Before the final round of games we have a weekend of events starting with a trip down to the south coast to play in the Tom Prince Charity event. We went down more with the expectation of fun than anything, but an unbeaten day meant we won our first Indoor Title of the season. We are hoping we get invited back to defend it on 2019 as it was a fun event, winning aside. A day at the IMG-20180319-WA0000seaside was followed by a day in Rickmansworth as we followed up Tom Prince with a Plate victory in the WMSL Spring Indoor. We maybe should have gone further, but a trophy is a trophy as they say and we bagged one.

Two trophies in two days and with the big prize still to come. One more game in the indoor season. The final day win against the BA Flyers gave us the prize that we thought maybe was beyond us. “Maidenhead winning at Indoor” isn’t something that rolls off the tongue, until this year it’s hard to say if that had ever IMG-20180321-WA0002been written before. One thing that is undeniable, the WMSL Indoor Champions Shield now has an entry for 2018 that says they – Maidenhead Royals.

That 5-day period in March was a remarkable time, a haul of three trophies was more than we have won in Indoor in the last 5 years, let alone 5 days. The benchmark for 2019 has been set. Is it possible, even thinkable that 2019 could see a second entry on the shield? Does Maidenhead and Indoor finally go together? 2019 is just around the corner and there are 5 other teams who will be looking to have their name engraved instead.

Come and Try Softball

MSC LogoWe run sessions on Friday’s throughout the year to enable anyone interested to try Softball. If you think you would like to give Softball a try, or to learn more about Maidenhead Softball Club and to get involved in Softball, contact us on maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com.

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Club Review of the Year Part 12. The End of one Year, Start of Another.

So we’ve come to the final part of our journey through 2015. Over the last 22 days and 11 parts we’ve tried to convey the highs and lows of the year. So as 2015 draws to an end and we look forward to 2016, we can take one last look at the fond memories of this year. My personal favourites moments both came against London Flames at the Diamond Series, sorry London Flames. Our two encounters in 2015 Diamond series were both epic. The only regret about them was that so few people actually got to see them, especially the Diamond 2 final.

Winners-2015-2The Winners

But enough from me, let’s celebrate the winners ones last time before we look ahead to 2016. Congratulations to the players, Giannah, Julia, Natalie, Alex, Evan, Grant and John “Eddy”, the 2015 Club MVPs and MIPs. To the teams, the Royals team that came top of the tree in the Diamond Series, the Rebels team who won at BA, the development team that came so close at the Raiders tournament. The Marlovians for their best league finish. To be honest, everyone was a winner in 2015, it was that kind of year, everyone played a part in all the successes.

Let’s not forget the other events.

The past 11 posts focused on the main events of 2015, but the club did enter other events and did well in those too. The first outing outdoor was a trip down to the south coast to the Chichester Charity event and out outdoor year started as Plate Winners. That was soon followed up with a Runners-up slot in the Plate at GB Open. We played at MLB and Leicester Labour day, without success this year. The last honour of the year can in the last main tournament where we reached the Cup final of the Windsor Last Ball event. Sadly that ended in defeat, but was the gauge for what will come next year.

History on Display

All those events have helped fill the trophy cabinet we finally got installed Cabinetthis year. 38 different honours spanning 15 years. The club history on permanent display in the club house at our own ground. To get this point we needed to collect the spoils from all those years. Without a home before, the trophies have spend many years hidden away awaiting the cabinet. So we reached out to past members who helped build the foundation of this club, they helped us fill in a number of gaps we had in our history and the gaps on the shelves too. It was not just trophies they provided, but cuttings and photos. So it was interesting to see that the earliest photos we have show the club playing in white, we spent a long time playing in blue before switching to white a couple of years back, a decision that now harks back to those early days.

What is next?

The indoor season is nearly upon us and a time when we try and blood as many new players as we can in preparation for the outdoor season. The club plans to make the step up in grade this year. The tournament Royals team will play in B-grade and the Rebels team will be the primary C-Grade team. It will be tough, especially for the Royals, but a step that is needed to keep developing the club forward. The ladies team will be invested in, both in training time and tournament entry. The club plans to hold an all-female event in May 2016, something we’ve been planning for a couple of years in conjunction with Hit and Run, which will be back for a 4th year. The Newlands satellite will continue and be the corner stone of the development program for all ages. We also hope to start of improvements to our home ground, that will be a long process but worth the journey.

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016.

It will be sad to say goodbye to 2015, we had a such a great year and will be fondly remembered. Now we look ahead to making 2016 even better.


The review of the year in full.


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.

For more information, email maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com or visit www.maidenheadsoftballclub.co.uk

Club Review of the Year Part 1. Where 2015 Began – Maidenhead Royals Indoors

As Christmas and the New Year fast approaches we thought it would be good to look back at 2015 in 12 posts every other day until Christmas eve. 2015 has been a great year the club. both on and off the field, lots to celebrate and remember on these cold dark nights.

It seems so long ago now, but the year began back in cold, dark January at Cox Green School with two games in the Windsor Indoor League. That first week on January 21st started well for the Royals, they achieved something they hadn’t done in the past three Indoor League seasons, they won their first two games. A 11006429_1032987340050441_7490360687831187411_n33-19 win over Bracknell Scorchers and then a 25-1 win over RG Blue Sox put then second in the league. Only RP’s run difference prevented the Royals from topping the league for the first time ever. In the end the indoor league was a case of “what might have been” for the Royals, while they did win their last 3 games, it was a run of 1 win in 5 games in the middle of the season, that ultimately cost them any chance of winning the league. Surprise defeats to RG Blue Sox and then Bracknell Scorchers in week 7, when both teams where still just coming to terms with the indoor format, put the league out of their hands. In the final weeks of the season the Royals 10344840_1032986993383809_6837374040374386824_ndid claim the scalps of both RP Hawks and BA Flyers, both who finished above the Royals, so ending the league the way they had started.

The league did allow the Royals to introduce, Lee, Kai, Claire to the club. All 3 made their debuts during the season and would go on to have very good seasons all around. The Royals also continued their trend of playing their under-18s. 3 of the squad of 9 were under-18 and all played their part in making it a good start the 2015.


Come and Get Involved

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 Try it for Free.

PosterMaidenhead 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.

For more information, email maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com

Royals Make Winning Start to Indoor Season

Maidenhead Royals began the 2015 Indoor season with two wins. This is the first time the Royals have won either the opening fixtures to the delight of their captain, Julia Barlow, who commented after the game, ”It was fantastic start to the Indoor season. You can see below the scores reflect just how well everyone played together.”

Julia in action against BracknellOpening up the Royals faced Bracknell Scorchers, who were making their debut in the indoor league. This was a good early test for the Royals, who after leading 19-7 after the 1st inning seemed to be passing with flying colours. However, Bracknell then tightened their defence up and reduced the Royals lead to 9. In indoor, 9 runs is not a big lead. The final inning was a defensive battle, with the Royals experience from past campaigns finally closing the game out to win 33-19. In their second game, the Royals faced the RG Blue Sox, the Blue Sox had piped the Rebels to the Division 2 title last season, so the Royals were out for a modicum of revenge. The victory against Bracknell had been built on defence and against the Blue Sox, the the Royals defence again proved it’s worth holding their opponKayleigh in action against RG Blue Soxents to a minus score. A 17 run inning put the Royals in a commanding position, 17 – -3 up. The Blue Sox rallied in the second and third innings, cutting out the unforced errors restricted the Royals to just more 8 runs. However, this valiant defensive ultimately proved in vain. The Royals kept the Blue Sox to just 1 run and ran out 25-1 winners. These two wins put the Royals second in the early season table, tucked in behind RP on run difference only. Next up, BA on Wednesday February 4th.

Maidenhead Softball Club is running open training sessions starting Friday 6th February from 6pm at Newlands Girls School, Farm Road, Maidenhead. If you fancy trying Softball out, come along. No equipment or experience necessary.

Back to back Wins boost Maidenheads League Position

IMG_2268We registered back to back indoor league wins for the first time this year to boost our chances of a top three finish. Our Monday night games were with the clubs immediately above us. The first game of the night was against the Sea Snakes, the only team we had beaten this year when we won 25-11 during week 4. This game was so similar to our first encounter, very tense and very close. As with the first game, we were tied after 2 innings. So again it boiled down to a one inning shootout, which we took by the narrowest of margins of 36-33. This showed that Sea Snakes are warming to the indoor league and with one more game against us to come, we will need to be a lot sharper.  The win, however, was enough on the night to lift us off the bottom of the league and move us closer to our next target and opponent Richings Park, who are IMG_2267 currently lying in third. RP had inflicted a heavy defeat on us in our first encounter. This time out we managed to subdue their hitting power they had shown in earlier games. Last time out we conceded 46, but this time we restricted them to just 24 runs. This was a really solid fielding display which was then backed up by some great batting, the highlights included Maidenhead’s mother daughter combination coming up with a home run each, along with one from Evan Harvey to give Maidenhead their most home runs in a game all year. The final 41-24 win dented RP’s ambitions of IMG_2279 ending the evening in second place. This game and evening were by far our best performance of the season so far. With half our schedule still to come, and Sea Snakes lose to RP in the other Monday night game, we are guaranteed a top four finish and only 4 points behind third placed Richings Park.

 

Monday 24th Results.

Sea Snakes 33, Maidenhead 36;
RP 48, Sea Snakes 30;
Maidenhead 41, RP 24

 

League Table:

  Played Pts
BA 8 18
Chalfont 6 16
RP 8 16
Maidenhead 6 12
Sea Snakes 10 10

Maidenhead on the board at the Indoor League

Maidenhead picked up their first win of the 2014 Windsor Indoor league Monday night. A hard fought 25-11 win over local rivals, Sea Snakes, was a real boost after a slow start in their first two games. Fielding five players Mark hitting at Indoorwith less than a year’s playing time with the club, and also the clubs first mother daughter combination on in the infield, this was always going to be a tough week for the team. The first game was a tight, nervy affair and this was no more evident after the first innings that saw the team’s tie 5 apiece. The second inning was equally tight and nervy, but we edging it by 9-2 thanks to some good late base running and a 5 point home run. During the 2013 season, we had got ourselves into winning positions in a number of games, but failed to kill those games in the last inning. This week was different, building on the 7 run lead, we extended that by 11, again through some smart base running, leaving the Sea Snakes a target of 19 to win. In the end that was just a little too much, so good fielding and excellent pitch meant the Sea Snakes could only manage 4 run and fell 15 short of their target. The result meant that we leapfrogged the Sea Snakes in the table. The second game of the evening saw us go down 40-2 against an experience Chalfont team, who now top the league. In our first game against Chalfont we lost 66-10, so there was improvement. If we can learn anything from these two Chalfont games is the way to convert runners. Too often our batting lets us down, we get into games then fail to score big in an inning. If we can get some big sequences going, we can challenge for the title. Next up for us, a return game against Sea Snakes and Richings Park.

Slow start to MSC Indoor Campaign

MSC’s 2014 Indoor season got off to a slow start. Defeats against RP and Chalfont left MSC bottom of the league after one complete round of fixtures. Fielding a mixed team of veterans, rookies and youth players, these first couple of games were a real rapid learning experience. Mark batting agsinst RPHowever, the first game started pretty well, in the first inning MSC held Richings Park to just 6 runs. But that was the best inning of the whole evening. With the rapid format you do expect to concede a few runs, but that is balanced by the outs you get and then your own batting. The MSC’’ batting failed to score more than 20 runs in any of their 3 innings against RP and the number of outs meant they didn’t score positively until the last inning, by which time the game was already lost and ended 46-2 to RP.

The second game against Chalfont saw an improvement in the MSC batting, especially in the first two innings when MSC registered positive scores. Gemma facing ChalfontHowever, experience in the Chalfont batting line up told as MSC conceded over 30 runs per inning while only registering an average of 10 outs. The final score was 66-10 to Chalfont.

Not the start the club was looking for. With a week off next week, MSC will be back in action against BA and Sea Snakes on February 10th, where they will look to get the season on track.

 

Table. January 28th 2014

  P W L D RF RA RD PTS
RP 4 2 2 0 128 97 31 8
Chalfont 2 2 0 0 98 17 81 6
BA 2 2 0 0 94 37 57 6
Sea Snakes 2 0 2 0 25 94 -69 2
MSC 2 0 2 0 12 112 -100 2

Complete Full results, fixutes and table at http://www.wmsoftball.com/fixturesandtables.html