Manchester Single-Sex Tourney sees Latinos, Mavericks triumph

Mon 4 Nov 2019

On Saturday 2nd November, ten single-sex slowpitch teams arrived at Fives Trafford in Greater Manchester, ready for a jam-packed day of indoor softball. With games starting at 1 PM, teams were guaranteed at least nine games with some teams playing 11 over the course of the day. Eight of the teams were Manchester based, including two male teams from the University of Manchester, plus the Rats from Liverpool and the Sherrifs, who travelled up from Nottingham for the occasion. Using the Manchester Indoor Softball League rules, each game was 12 minutes in length, with each team batting for six minutes. 

Each team played two round robin games, with first place receiving an automatic spot in the final whilst the other teams battled in semi-finals to decide their final placings.

Mavericks dominated the women’s tournament, finishing the day without dropping a game and winning their two inning final in just one and a half innings. The men’s tournament was a far closer affair. The semi final between Maelstrom 2 and Rats ended with both teams tied with four runs, with Rats eventually earning their spot in the final following a tense tiebreaker inning. Maelstrom 2 scored just two runs with a home run from Billy with a runner on base, leaving room for Rats to storm back in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs to secure the win. However, Latinos were too much for Rats to overcome, with the final score tilted 11-10 towards Latinos.

Men's Results 

  1. Latinos
  2. Rats
  3. Sheriffs
  4. Maelstrom 1
  5. Maelstrom 2

Women's Results

  1. Mavericks
  2. Camels
  3. Renegurls
  4. Show Us Your Hits
  5. Run Batboy Run

Luis Arrevillagas, Regional Development Manager said, “We always like to add a special touch to our tournaments. This time we brought down some speciality Venezuelan food for players to try.  The Arepas (cornmeal flatbreads stuffed with chicken) went down a treat with everyone and will become a staple at our tournaments for the future. I’d like to say thanks to all of the teams who came along to our second ever single sex indoor tournament, especially those who travelled quite a way and those who formed teams specifically for the tournament - it was a fantastic day.”

Linni Mitchell, North West Coach commented, “It’s such a different dynamic playing single sex and we’re really happy to give players the opportunity to play over the Autumn and Winter months. I think players enjoy playing in positions they might not have tried before and really honing in their skills. Teams looked like they had a blast and we’ve had great feedback – especially on the Arepas!”

The next Manchester Indoor Tournament (co-ed) is on 30th November at Fives Trafford (M17 8DD). Captains have until 22nd November to enter – for more information about how to register your team please contact Linni Mitchell via email at Linni.Mitchell@BSUK.com.

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