GB Women swamp Hungary
2 August 2011
The GB Women's Fastpitch Team had a first inning scare when Hungary loaded the bases wiuth no outs and took a 2-0 lead. But then pitcher Carling Hare took control, GB pounded out 18 hits and ran out 16-2 winners in four innings.
GB Women go down 1-0 to Italy
31 July 2011
One piece of defensive hesitation let Italy score the only run of a brilliant pitcher's duel between GB's Stacie Townsend and Italy's Stella Turazzi in the opening game for both teams on July 31 at the 2011 European Women's Fastpitch Championships in North East Italy.
GB Women overwhelm France in final warm-up game
30 July 2011
Thunderstorms stayed away for long enough on July 30 to let the GB Women's Fastpitch Team get in a warm-up match against France before the European Championships get underway on July 31 in Italy. The score was 18-0 in favour of Britain in the fifth inning when the French coach called a halt.
Rain wipes out first GB Women scrimmage game in Italy
29 July 2011
The GB Women's Fastpitch Team was ready to take on Austria in their first warm-up game in Italy on the evening of July 29, before the European Championships get underway on July 31. But first there was lightning and thunder, and then a torrential downpour, and the team will try again tomorrow.
Ice hockey e-magazine carries softball feature
26 July 2011
The online ice hockey magazine Powerplay recently ran a feature on what ice hockey players and coaches do during the off-season, and the answer turned out to be softball!
GB Women claim fifth place at the Softball World Cup
25 July 2011
The GB Women's Fastpitch Team played out a comfortable 6-1 win over the Czech Republic on July 25 to take the fifth place trophy at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City. Now the team heads for the European Championships and World Championship Qualifier in Italy.
Manchester Mavericks and Common People take the honours at a wet Windsor Tournament
25 July 2011
The rain fell fairly steadily throughout the 2011 Windsor Tournament on July 16-17 at Cantley Park in Wokingham, with a few sunny intervals. But the tournament was played to a conclusion, and Manchester Mavericks were A/B-grade champions, while Common People captured the C-grade trophy.
GB Women have a real go at Japan but are bombed out by USA
24 July 2011
The GB Women's Fastpitch Team did Great Britain proud on July 24 at the 6th World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City with great efforts against the two best teams in the world, Japan and the USA.
The great Border Battle anti-climax
24 July 2011
The much-hyped "Border Battle III" between two teams of very large male slowpitch players representing the US and Canada took place on July 23 at the women's fastpitch World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, where the GB Women's Team is currently playing. The US won the first Border Battle in 2009 and Canada won in 2010, so this was billed as a rubber match. It turned out to be a huge anti-climax.
GB Slowpitch Team wins eighth straight European Championship—the hard way
23 July 2011
GB and Slovenia headed the table going into the Page Playoffs on July 23 at the European Slowpitch Championships in Dupnitsa, Bulgaria. But when Slovenia beat GB in the 1 v 2 Page Playoff game, GB had to fight their way back to the final. Once there, they showed their class, annihilating the Slovenians in five innings to win their eighth straight European title.