North West Softball Series ends for 2018 with highest-ever turnout

Wed 19 Sep 2018

The 2018 North West Softball Series ended with a bang at Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury, Manchester on Saturday 15 September, as the third of three tournaments had the best turnout to date, with 12 teams entering from across the North of England.

The dry summer meant that the pitches were in great condition and the weather remained pleasant throughout the day. 

In addition to the softball, teams had the opportunity to enter an instant raffle, with ‘money can’t buy’ prizes such as 2013 Italian and German baseball jerseys, Baseball World Classic bags and BaseballSoftballUK Academy caps as well as raffle essentials like beer and wine.

North West Series sunglasses and bottle opener keyrings were given out to every player entering the raffle.

Meanwhile, a drinks cart with refreshments circled the pitches for players to grab a drink without having to leave the field, all part of the unique features of one of the UK’s most innovative competitions.

Results

Teams were split into two groups of six for an initial round-robin, followed by finals played for gold, silver, bronze and spoon prizes.

North West Series veterans Leeds Detonators took the top spot, Manchester’s Tigers claimed the silver cup, Drizzle took bronze and newbies Sefton Baby Sharks proudly won the spoon -- pictured in that order below.

Of the 12 teams taking part, two were playing their first-ever tournament, and both of these teams were formed following rookie sessions funded by the Manchester Softball League and Sefton Softball League respectively.

Linni Mitchell, BaseballSoftballUK’s North West Coach, said, “It’s great to see all the hard work from the summer rookie sessions paying off, and players putting into practice what they’ve learnt.  I love that our tournaments book-end the season, and seeing the vast improvements from teams playing NWS1 in April to NWS3 in September is phenomenal.”

Summing up

Over the 2018 North West Series, 14 teams have taken part: five from Leeds, eight from Manchester and one from Liverpool. 

BaseballSoftballUK North West Development Manager Luis Arrevillagas, who launched the Series in 2017, said, “The reason we created the North West Softball Series was to provide more playing opportunities for teams in the North.  We saw there was a demand, and the popularity of the tournaments has proved that there really is an appetite for it.  Now we want to open it up to more teams and add a Comp Day as well as a Rec Day.”

For 2019, the organisers are planning to build on the success of this year’s Series and invite Comp teams to join in the fun over three weekends in the summer, with one-day Rec tournaments on Saturdays and Comp teams competing on Sundays.

Dates will follow, so check the NWS Facebook page for details: https://www.facebook.com/NWSoftballSeries/.

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