Soft-Boiled triumph at Hit and Run Tournament 5

Wed 13 Sep 2017

The fifth instalment of Maidenhead Softball Club’s Hit and Run development competition was played on Sunday 10 September at the North Maidenhead Cricket Club and was won by the London-based team Soft-Boiled.

This was a step forward for Soft-Boiled, who reached the tournament’s Cup final in 2016, only to be beaten by BA Flyers.

This year, Soft-Boiled was one of three teams returning from 2016, along with Maidenhead Rascals and the only other team to attend all four previous events, the TV Hurricanes.  The other five teams in this eight-team development team event were all making their debuts.


First round

The tournament began with two round-robin groups of four teams each before splitting into Cup and Plate, and it started in glorious sunshine.

The National League group contained High Voltage, Maidenhead Rascals, Golden Sombreros and Eastbourne Bombers, while in the American League, TV Hurricanes, Herts Buzzards, Soft-Boiled and the Publishers Softball League All-Stars played off for those coveted Cup semi-final places.

After 12 competitive group games, Soft-Boiled came through the American League as group winners, but were pushed all the way by TV Hurricanes and the PSL All-Stars in the closest group finish in the competition’s history, with only two points separating the top three teams.

In the National League, the top two places were decided early, but who would win the group went down to the final game, with the Golden Sombreros coming through with a perfect record following victory over High Voltage.

That sent the Eastbourne Bombers and Maidenhead Rascals to the Plate competition, along with Herts Buzzards and the PSL All-Stars from the American League.  The All-Stars had been the unlucky team in that three-way American League dogfight.


Semi-finals

In one Plate semi-final, the Eastbourne Bombers eased past the Herts Buzzards 7-1, but the other semi-final was an epic game, with the PSL All-Stars coming from six runs down in the final inning to overhaul the Maidenhead Rascals 11-10.

In the first Cup semi-final, the Golden Sombreros took on the TV Hurricanes.  This was a close affair that finally went the Sombreros’ way by a score of 13-10.

In the other semi-final, Soft-Boiled overcome their GLMSL counterparts High Voltage 14-8.


Finals

Unfortunately, the rain turned up just in time for the finals, but this didn’t dampen spirits as two very competitive games were played.

In the Plate final between two debutant teams, the Eastbourne Bombers defeated the PSL All-Stars.

In the Cup final, Hard-Boiled outlasted the Golden Sombreros to take the title they had just missed out on the year before.


Awards

The Hit and Run tournament also has an MVP competition that runs through all the games up to the final, and the 2017 MVPs were Natalie Birch from Maidenhead Rascals and Aaron Munden from Eastbourne Bombers.

Skill events are also held, and this year featured a pitching competition that was won by Andrew Breadman from Gemma Jones in a sudden death pitch-off.

The goal of Hit and Run is to provide new teams with an event where they can meet other new teams at the same level and where clubs can play youth players in a fun and friendly environment.

The overall goal was achieved this year as TV Hurricanes and Maidenhead Rascals both fielded teams where nearly half of the players were under-18s and five teams played in the event for the first time.

Here’s looking forward to Hit and Run 6 in 2018!

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