Birmingham School Games County Softball Finals 2019

Thu 18 Jul 2019

King Edward School in Birmingham hosted the county finals of the Birmingham School Games softball competition, on Thursday 11 July 2019. With six schools participating, a round robin format of group matches was played over two-inning games. In the end, Plantsbrook edged Kings Norton in an extremely close competition.

In the first round of matches, Kings Norton Boys started strongly against a young Bournville side, easing to a 17- 1 victory. In the other matches, North Birmingham Academy and Plantsbrook secured victories against Moseley and Small Heath respectively.

Round Two saw Plantsbrook and Kings Norton Boys maintain their unbeaten start with wins over Moseley and North Birmingham Academy and Small Heath opened their account against Bournville.

As the day progressed, the standard of play improved noticeably, with all of the players improving their technical skills and decision-making. Round three saw Kings Norton Boys lose to an improving Small Heath side. Plantsbrook secured their third straight victory with an 11 – 4 win over North Birmingham Academy. Bournville scored eight runs in their match against Moseley, but it was not enough to open their account, conceding 13 runs in the process.

Kings Norton Boys kept their title chances alive with a one run victory against Plantsbrook, whilst the other games saw Moseley overcome Small Heath by the smallest of margins and North Birmingham Academy win against Bournville.

With both Kings Norton Boys and Plantsbrook winning their final matches to finish with a 4-1 record, the title ultimately was decided by runs conceded. With 32 runs, Plantsbrook were awarded the Birmingham School Games Softball Championship 2019 to round off a great day of softball under the blazing Birmingham skies. Small Heath secured third place with a comfortable 13 – 1 run victory over North Birmingham Academy.

“It was a great day of softball for the schools in Birmingham,” commented Chris Rawlings, Head of Development at BaseballSoftballUK. “It was my first time attending the softball finals in Birmingham, and I was really impressed with the level of effort and skills that the players displayed throughout the competition.”

Since its introduction to the School Games programme in 2012, 12 counties now include softball in their school games. The sport has been contested at the Birmingham School Games since 2014.

“It is clear that the schools, teachers and young people in the city are enjoying playing softball and the diversity of everyone involved was impressive!” concluded Rawlings, who ran the event. “I hope the event goes from strength to strength in the coming years.”

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