London Indoor Softball League: Canoes and Pork win the Autumn

Wed 18 Dec 2019

BaseballSoftballUK’s London Indoor Softball League (LISL) wrapped up a successful autumn season on Saturday 14th December at Osterley Sports and Athletic Centre in Isleworth, West London, with titles going to Douche Canoe in the Competitive (Comp) division and Pork and Pitchers in the Recreational (Rec) division.

In the Comp division, Douche Canoe, lead by Ross Smart, successfully managed to retain their title as LISL Champions after only winning it for the first time ever in March 2019.

The Comp division was very closely fought throughout the season with Mi6 – Inside Agents, Blue Steel and Douche Canoe changing positions throughout the course of the season. The League was only decided at the close of the final game, where Douche Canoe put together a strong win against Blue Steel, 31 to 6 - an outstanding result considering the earlier defeat by the same team.

There was more of a decisive win by Pork and Pitchers in the Rec division, taking the League six points clear of the next team. Successfully lead by Elliott Josypenko and Stephen Vallance, the team managed to dramatically turn things around from their previous placing of 4th earlier in the Spring.
The London Indoor Softball League has two divisions – Rec and Comp – designed for all skill levels from beginner to seasoned softball players. All teams have five weeks of regular-season play, with five games per day during a 4-5 hour period. The rules are designed to make the game fast paced and accessible to all levels of skill. It provides a great way for players to keep fit and keep their batting eye sharp over the off-season.

Claire Bellens from Pixel Dogers commented, “It’s high paced and lots of fun. Everyone is so friendly and always happy to help. You learn so much about fielding bases and its great exercise. We’re definitely coming back next season!”

There were thirteen teams taking part this Autumn season, up by two from the previous season. While the number of participating teams is less than years past, this increase is hopefully a sign of an expanding league.

Steve Lord, from Designated Drinkers, comments on why people should join the league: “It’s a very fun and recreational day out. There are a variety of players, from the very experienced to beginners, and everyone is very encouraging. If you are new to the game, I highly suggest coming out as you’ll find a team and experience that you’ll enjoy.”

Final Standings

The final standings for the Autumn season, which ran from mid-October to mid-December, were:

Recreational (Rec)

1. Pork and Pitchers
2. Meteors
3. Knights
4. Base Jam
5. Scratch
6. High Voltage
7. Pixel Dodgers

Competitive (Comp)

1. Douche Canoe
2. Blue Steel
3. Mi6 – Inside Agents
4. Scratch
5. Diamonds
6. Designated Drinkers

Samuel Haslam, BaseballSoftballUK Events and Facilities Manager commented, “I have received some very encouraging feedback from a number of people recently. It seems everyone had such a fantastic time this Autumn and generally loves taking part in the League. Every time I turned up, there was music playing, everyone is shouting encouragement and it is a very warm, fun and welcoming atmosphere. I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who helped out during the course of the season and particularly Steve Karmeinsky, who helped to set up and tidy things away each week.”

Registrations are now open for the LISL Winter 2020  season and we are accepting all levels of players and teams.

To find out more and to register as an individual or team, click here.

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