The British baseball season culminates this weekend with the National Baseball Championships. If you've no plans it'll be an exciting weekend and a great day or three out, stretching into the Bank Holiday. I'm excited to see the NBL champion emerge through a double elimination format. It'll be a real test of depth and should leave no doubt that the best team wins.
It's not just a big weekend for baseball. Trains and cars are loaded with London softballers on their way up to Scotland for Edinburgh Festiball. This year's will be the 22nd edition of the tournament, one that I'd love to check out myself down the line. Fingers crossed the rain holds off for plenty of great baseball and softball action in Hemel and Edinburgh.
All over the country seasons are coming to a close and championships captured. In the last couple of weeks it has been great to watch two of London's biggest softball leagues wrap things up.
The London Charity Softball League includes over 60 teams. Leo Visconti played host to a great event at Hyde Park, where easily a couple of hundred people checked out a very competitive final. St. John Ambulance walked off with the trophy.
Playing games in Regent's Park, the London Advertising Softball League started playing in 1984. Now run by Alan MacFarlane, the league is incredibly successful with over 50 teams, strikes a tremendous balance between the social and competitive aspects of softball, and does a fantastic job introducing new players to the sport.
For those teams with championships still to play for, enjoy the end of your season and enjoy your celebrations.