Exciting end to the 2018 season in the GLSML

Thu 13 Sep 2018

The 2018 season has just about come to an end in the Greater London Softball Mixed League (GLSML), and here is how things turned out:

Majors Divisions

As usual, the end of the GLSML Majors season was a wild one, with teams in all three divisions scrambling to avoid relegation (and in some cases promotion!).

Majors 3

The Chargers started their season with a win back in May, but it wasn’t enough to keep them afloat, and both they and the Cheetahs will be relegated to Minors Division 1 for the 2019 season. 

Raiders Blue battled back from a slow start and narrowly avoid relegation, while Comets Orange, in spite of starting the season with a forfeit, still managed to finish in the top half of the table. 

The top of the division came down to a three-horse race.  Mouse Rat secured their promotion with a couple weeks to go, and then it came down to John Archer Way teams the Pimlico Pirates and the Base Invaders.  The teams had a head-to-head match at the end of the season to decide it all, and in spite of the Pirates’ Promotion Party invites being sent out, Base Invaders came out on top.

Majors 2

As usual, the Majors 2 table was in question until the very end. 

Meteors Purple, who played in Majors 1 in 2017, had a couple of close games go against them and will be playing in Majors 3 next year.  The OddSox, who have been the longest-standing team in Division 2 (since 2012), put together a late-season charge but will also be playing in Majors 3 in 2019. 

The Fuzzy Ducks ran away with the top of the division, finishing with a 12-2 record.  Meteors Black won three out of their final four games to finish with an 8-6 record, good enough for promotion to Division 1 ahead of three teams (BBG, The PIs and The Mob) with 7-7 records.

Majors 1

New arrivals to Majors 1 this year, Raiders Gold and Mezcalitos Ninos, both put up strong fights.  The Raiders finished with nine points, just one below Majors 1 mainstays Muppets.  The Ninos were on the wrong side of several one-run games and finished the season on seven points.  Both will be joining the ranks of Majors 2 in 2019. 

SPAM, Coyotes and LNZ secured their spots in the top division for 2019 with solid mid-table finishes. 

The top of the division was a race between perennial contenders MI6 (2016 and 2017 Majors 1 champions) and the Mescalitos.  Both teams finished on 36 points, so the winner was decided by head-to-head match-ups.  The Mescalitos took the first game in the series 14-10, and though MI6 put up a thrilling fight, the Mescies walked away from their second game with a 26-25 victory, giving them the coveted Majors 1 trophy.

Minors Divisions

As the 2018 season entered the final week, the only games left to be played at the Minors level were in Minors 2, where the only issue still to be decided was which team would finish bottom.  Everything else has been sorted and the winners and losers were as follows:

Minors 1

In Minors 1, Oblivion lifted the title and earned their place in the Majors next season by finishing four points clear of Tecumsehs in second place.

The Voodoos finished bottom of the table, just below London Raiders Red, who narrowly finished below Meteors Red on head-to-head record.

Minors 2

In Minors 2, Base Jumpers secured the title with two games left to play, and Game of Throws sealed second spot above Bat to the Future due to a better head-to-head record.

At the bottom, Tigers and Golden Sombreros each had a game to play in their battle to finish bottom of the table.  The standard of play in this division has been excellent this season, resulting in some outstanding games.

Minors 3

In Minors 3, Mafia avenged their third-place finish last season by romping to the title and losing only one game in the process.

Second place went to the Mescalitos Banditos, who narrowly beat out High Voltage and Knight Sliders, with all three teams covered by just two points.

At the bottom, the Jets sadly endured a winless season for the first time in their history.

Minors 4

The new Minors 4 division had a convincing title-winning performance from BYOB, who finished seven points clear of fellow new team Brew Jays.

This was perhaps the most evenly contested division, with all teams winning at least three games.

In any table there has to be a last place team, however, and in this case it was London Raiders Orange, who fell just short of overhauling Beavers.

Photographs ©Kieron Helsdon

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