With half the season played in the 2018 BSA season the league is left with only two unbeaten teams, plenty of high scoring and close games, plus two successful tournaments completed. Read on for a rundown of the 3 divisions so far and the results of Firstball and DD Cup.
Bristol have also had 4 players selected to represent Great Britain at the first ever Mens European Championships, more details below.
Monkeys are at the top of the tree in Division 3, with 6 wins from 6 games, beating each of the other teams in the league once so far, but Flycatchers are hot on their heels with only one loss. The Flycatchers boys are leading the home run chart though, with Simon Masters and Achmad Evans currently at the top of the tree. Underarm Tossers are 3rd with a 4-2 record and Run ’n’ Base, Bristol Bulls and Base Invaders all 1-5 so far. Bristol Bulls are making their debut in the BSA this season and they have acquitted themselves nicely so far.
Division 2 are headed by another unbeaten team, Archway Thunder with a 6-0 record. After walking away with the Division 3 title last year, Archway Thunder show no signs of slowing down, hitting an incredible 31 home runs through 6 games, with 7 different players homering and Josh Stanley leading the division (and indeed the BSA) with 13 to his name. There’s little separating the teams throughout the division, with teams all taking points from one another and it will remain to be seen if anyone can pull away from the group or dethrone Archway Thunder.
Last year’s winners Jets are again top, with a 7-0 record, beating Sliders (6-1) into 2nd place with a victory over them in a tight 8-innings game. Guppy Spotters and Scorgs are 4-3 with newly promoted Grandslammers right behind them at 3-4. The Flyers, LSDs and Greasy Mitts are currently fighting to stay out of the bottom 2, but there’s a long way to go yet! In the home runs, David Grey leads with 8, but he’s being chased by a large pack of players who have 4 or more, including Katherine Golik who leads the BSA in female homeruns with 4.
Stella Cup winners: Jets
Stella Plate winners: Grandslammers
Carling Cup winners: Archway School
Carling Plate winners: Underarm Tossers
The 2018 Bristol DD Cup was a very pleasant 11-team tournament played on the weekend of 26-27 May at Clifton College Sports Ground.
In the end, finals were played in Cup, Plate and Spoon categories.
The Cup final was a very close game until the last two innings, when the Thundercats found their batting, and the Whales made a couple of fielding errors. The two teams are pictured above.
The Plate winners were Coalition of Swinging Legends, who prevailed in another close match against Transformers from Jersey.
The Spoon trophy was awarded after a three-team round-robin and was won by the Underarm Tossers. This team was only formed last year with new players, and it’s great to see the team grow and develop.
Thanks to South West Specialist Medics Ltd for First Aid cover.
GB Men’s European Championships
Bristol Softball continues a long tradition of having players selected to represent Great Britain at international tournaments with 4 players being chosen as part of the 16-strong player group and David Lee travelling as the Assistant Coach of the team.
The four players selected are:
Aaron Thomas (LSDs), David Grey (Sliders), George Bartlett (Jets), Mike MacDowell (Sliders).
They travelled to Chocen in the Czech Republic on Monday 11th June with the tournament running until Saturday 16th. GB are one of 7 teams at the tournament, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands rounding out the competition. Keep up to date with their progress on Facebook via the GB Slowpitch Softball Page https://www.facebook.com/gbslowpitchsoftball/
As a new tournament format, the costs are covered only by some sponsorship and the players themselves. The BSA Committee was pleased to donate unused funds put aside for a single-sex mens team towards buying the brand new shirts for our Bristol representatives.