Cartmel Valley Juniors win indoor baseball game in Manchester

Wed 27 Mar 2019

On Saturday 23 March, Cartmel Valley Juniors travelled to Manchester to play their first baseball game of 2019 – an indoor game at Fives Trafford against the Urmston Ripper Nippers.

The Cartmel team, made up of 13 boys mostly in Year 8, showed their experience during the game, with powerful hits and slick fielding.  Clearly, the Cartmel Valley Juniors programme, led by Coach Dave Rawcliffe, is thriving, and the work of a group of dedicated coaches in Cumbria is clearly paying dividends when you see the team’s quality of play.

The game

The indoor game consisted of three innings in which each player batted twice per inning.

Cartmel racked up 14 runs in the first inning against the Nippers’ eight.  The Nippers scored another eight runs in the second inning, but Cartmel extended their lead by scoring 15.

The final score was Cartmel Valley 45, Ripper Nippers 31.

The MVP medal was awarded to Ripper Nippers player Owen, aged 10, who came down to a junior session for the first time in November last year following six sessions of baseball at his school, Urmston Primary, in September.  His batting was immense throughout the game, he also made an outstanding catch, and great enthusiasm and effort were on show at all times.  Owen was a star!


BaseballSoftballUK North West Coach Linni Mitchell, who leads the weekly juniors’ baseball sessions in the Greater Manchester area, said, “I’m really proud of our juniors!  Only four of our team of 11 had played a competitive game before today, and most of the squad only started coming to sessions in the autumn of 2018.  Our youngest is just eight years old and our oldest is 14, but they work so well together.

“A massive thank you to Dave [Rawcliffe],” Linni added, “who drove the Cartmel minibus and coached the team.  We’re really looking forward to more friendly games over the summer.  And I also want to give a special mention to all of the parents who came along to support and who offered help with base coaching, scoring and photography.  Your help is much appreciated!”

Dave Rawcliffe from Cartmel Valley Baseball Club said, “Thank you for inviting us down for the indoor game today -- the boys really enjoyed it.  I could see the Ripper Nippers players growing in confidence as the game progressed and with the experience they improved throughout.”

BaseballSoftballUK North West Development Manager Luis Arrevillagas said, “We’re so happy to host a junior indoor baseball game here in Manchester.  The kids were so excited, and you can see by their faces how much they enjoyed the experience.  We have another juniors programme running in Lytham St Annes, which is incredibly exciting, and we can’t wait to host more games for juniors locally.”

Dave Rawcliffe added, "Our boys at Cartmel Valley Baseball Club have been playing baseball together for three years now but we have never played a full game indoors, although we have done some winter indoor training in a small school hall!  We had a great time playing against an increasingly competitive team from Greater Manchester.  We look forward to playing them again outdoors and indoors later in the season."


If you live in or near Manchester, Cartmel or Lytham St Annes and want your child to get involved in a junior baseball/softball programme please contact

Find out more about Cartmel Valley Baseball Club here

Find out more about the Lytham St Annes junior programme here

Find out more about Urmston Ripper Nippers sessions here.  

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