Teams to play in NSL Nationals are decided

Sun 13 Aug 2017


After a weekend of rain-affected softball at Diamond Series 3 on 29-30 July at Farnham Park, the NSL 1 and NSL 2 league winners for 2017 are now known, along with the teams that have qualified for the BSF’s Co-ed Slowpitch NSL Nationals on 2-3 September.

NSL 1‚Äč

Chromies have won the NSL 1 title with an overall record of 17 wins, three losses and two draws, finishing 3.5 games ahead of the defending national champion Pioneers (14-7-1).

In fact, Chromies did the triple on the weekend, beating the Dodgers in the Cup final 8 -7 on a clutch winning hit by Chiya Louie, and thereby winning Diamond 3 and the overall Diamond series.

The bronze medal in NSL 1 goes to Legends (13-7-2).

Eight of the 12 NSL 1 teams have qualified for the Premier Nationals, to be played on the weekend of 2-3 September at Farnham Park.  In order of seeding, they are:

Chromies
Pioneers
Legends
Blue Steel
Knights
H2O
Greensox
Travelling Dodgers

The teams that failed to make the Premier Nationals are Thunder, Bristol Bees, LNZ and the Leeds Terriers, and the Terriers will be relegated to NSL 2 for the 2018 season.

The question of which of the three Manchester teams – Greensox, Dodgers or Thunder – would fail to make the Nationals – came down to the slimmest of margins and to runs conceded calculations.

NSL 2

Champions in NSL 2 for 2017 are the KKs, with a record of 17 wins, four losses and a draw.

Like the Chromies, KKs finished as Diamond 3 champions after beating the Naturals 23-19 in their Cup final, and also finished as Diamond series winners and at the top of NSL 2.

Runner-up and silver medallists were the Naturals (16-5-1) while Misfits (15-7-0) claimed third place and bronze.

Eight of the 12 NSL 2 teams have qualified for the NSL 2 Nationals, which will also be played at Farnham Park on 2-3 September.  In order of seeding, they are:

KK’s
Naturals
Misfits
Blitz
Mavericks
Warriors
SPAM
Bees “B”

The teams that failed to make the NSL 2 Nationals are Ninos Privados, Outlaws, Maidenhead Royals and Portsmouth Dodgers.

The Maidenhead Royals and Portsmouth Dodgers will be demoted from NSL 2 for 2018 and replaced by the Honey Badgers and Blitz Havoc.

On the waiting list should further NSL 2 places become available are Mouse Rat and the Solent Tomahawks.

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