New team at Horsham plays its first-ever competitive game

Fri 26 Aug 2016

The Horsham Broncos, a new co-ed slowpitch team formed over the summer from a community Hit the Pitch programme run by BSUK and the Horsham District Council Sports Development team, played its first competitive game on Wednesday 24 August at Horsham Park – a friendly against the Solent League’s Chichester Falcons.

The Hit the Pitch programme that created this team has involved a series of Thursday evening sessions open to women and men of all ages and abilities, which culminated in a number of games among the group of 15-20 regular participants.

The group then formed an identity, purchased team jerseys and arranged to play their first competitive but friendly game against the Chichester Falcons, who made the journey to Horsham to give the new programme a boost.

The sessions were directed by local coaches Larry Rushin and Mark Sullivan, and by Kimberley Roberts, who works for Horsham Sports Development.  Funding was provided by BSUK, and the Council, and player subs helped pay for the jerseys.

The game

In the game itself, Chichester batted first and scored five runs before the third out was made, but the Broncos responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.

Both teams scored three more times in the second inning, so the Broncos were only trailing by 8-6 going into the third and final frame.

At that point, an excellent batting display from Chichester brought in seven runs, and then some excellent pitching set the Broncos down without scoring, so the more experienced Chichester team took the win by a score of 15-6.

However, the Broncos displayed some really good softball, and despite losing their first-ever game, can be extremely proud of the way they played.

Paul Taylor from the Horsham District Sports Development Team, who helped set up the softball sessions, said, “It was really pleasing to see the Horsham Broncos play their first softball game against the Chichester Falcons. The Broncos team has been formed following a joint-funded partnership between Horsham District Council and BSUK, and the aim is to continue growing mixed social softball in the Horsham district."

Everyone welcome

Sessions for the new Horsham team are continuing on Thursday evenings from 6.00 pm in Horsham Park and everyone is welcome to take up the sport and joining this friendly and social group.

Sessions are run on a turn-up-and-pay basis.

Any new players interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact Paul Taylor on 07764-146339 or

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