Latinos dominate 3rd Manchester Indoor Single Sex tournament

Mon 24 Feb 2020

22nd February saw 11 single-sex softball teams,(six men’s and five women’s) meet at Fives Trafford, Manchester to play in the third ever Indoor Single Sex Tournament hosted by the Manchester Indoor Softball League.

Games started at 1 PM and the next five and a half hours featured 77 games played across five pitches. Each game, played on indoor five-a-side 4G pitches, consisted of one 14-minute inning, which each team spending seven minutes batting and seven minutes in the field.

The women’s fixtures consisted of three round robin games, then finals. Meanwhile, the men played two general round robin games, followed by seeding into the top three teams and the bottom three teams to create a mini round robin tournament before finals.

After the initial round robin stages, Latinos, Sheriffs and Bracknell Scorches played in the top bracket for first place, while Groundballerz, Maesltrom One & Maelstrom Two battled at the bottom half of the table. 

With a total of twelve wins over the course of the tournament and just one loss, Latinos took home the title for the third time running, remaining single sex champions.

Men’s final standings

  1. Latinos
  2. Sheriffs
  3. Bracknell Scorchers
  4. Maelstrom Two
  5. Groundballerz
  6. Maelstrom One

The women’s final was filled with tension, with Renegurls snatching victory away from Camels by taking a 10-9 lead in the final seconds of the game. Renegurls, a team made up of Manchester-based players, were awarded their first single sex trophy and were incredibly excited, with a number of their players claiming it was the best day of their lives!

Renegurls captain Aimee Dyble reported, “Single Sex Indoor Tournament was one of the best tournaments that we have played. As a team, it was just our second outing. 11 wins in 13 games saw us top the day and the day ended beautifully with a tense final against Camels. The Renegurls are buzzing! Single-sex tournaments like this allow us to improve our game, play new positions and learn from the best. The actual highlight of my day was finally winning a BSUK cap in the instant raffle! Huge thanks to my team and Linni and Luis for organising.”

Women's final standings

  1. Renegurls
  2. Camels
  3. Daimond Lites
  4. Pitch Slap
  5. Run Batboy Run

Speaking about the Tournament, BaseballSoftballUK North West Coach Linni Mitchell said, “This is the third indoor single-sex tournament we have run in Manchester in the last twelve months, and each time we get more teams entering. Players love the fast paced games and especially enjoy the number of games we cram into one tournament. Each team played a minimum of twelve games, which is great value for the entry fee! We’d like to thank all captains, especially those who brought teams from as far as Bracknell and Nottingham; having traveling teams adds another element of competition for all teams.”

Luis Arrevillagas, BSUK Regional Development Manager added, “In March 2019 we ran our first indoor single sex tournament with eight teams, so we’re happy that the appetite is growing for single-sex teams! We’re excited to continue to grow and welcome more teams every tournament. Congratulations to Latinos and Renegurls on your performances throughout the day, two well deserved winners!”

Want to get in on the indoor tournament action? The next Manchester Indoor Softball tournament (co-ed) is on Saturday 21st March at Fives Trafford. To enter your team, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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