USL: Maelstrom takes North Division by storm in indoor action

Mon 2 Dec 2019

On Sunday 24th November, three University teams from the North Division of BaseballSoftballUK’s University Softball League competed in the first of three indoor meets scheduled for the season. Teams from Manchester, York and Salford Universities previously met in October to play their first outdoor games of the league.

The indoor games were held at Fives Trafford in Greater Manchester on 4G Astroturf pitches. Each game consisted of 8 minute innings and teams played each other twice to complete their University Softball League fixtures. To make a day of it, the North West Development team held additional games and a tournament format so each team played a minimum of seven games. This included a round of warm-up games, two round robins matches to complete the week's league fixtures, followed by the tournament semi-final and final.

The league results finished with the Manchester Maelstrom on ten points with three wins and a tie. York ended on seven points with two wins and a tie, while the team from Salford finished with zero points, failing to contend against the experience of the well established York and Manchester teams. The indoor teams consisted of eight players, four male, four female. A five run penalty was given to teams who fielded a team with fewer than four girls.

Manchester Maelstrom

The tournament format was well received from the University teams. Luke Bastin, Maelstrom captain commented, “We thought it was great, having the tourney added an extra element and made the day worthwhile.” 

University of Manchester Maelstrom finished in first place, remaining undefeated all day. York finished in second place with a total of four wins, while the Salford Swifts finished third. 

BSUK Regional Development Manager Luis Arrevillagas discussed the tournament, saying, “Each team needed just two results for the University League but we wanted the teams to get something extra for the day. The teams felt like they had something instant to play for with the promise of a trophy for the overall winner of the tournament.” 

Linni Mitchell, North West Coach added, “The warm-up games were definitely beneficial, as the indoor game is such a different game in terms of pace and tactics. There were some really close games, and excellent plays throughout the day.”

The Universities will play their next University Softball League fixtures in February 2020.

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