Manchester youngsters play first-ever competitive game
Fri 4 Mar 2016
Excitement was high for the 7-to-11 year old children in BSUK’s Greater Manchester baseball/softball starter programme on Sunday 28 February as they played their first ever indoor game at the Powerleague Soccerdome in Trafford.
The game pitted the Urmston Nippers against the Stockport Fire Kids, and as much batting and fielding as possible was crammed into the 45-minute contest. When everyone from the first team had batted, the teams switched. Designated parents were identified as suitable pitchers and pitched to their own teams.
The atmosphere was electric, with spectators (mostly family members) cheering at every at-bat and catch.
Earlier, coaches Linni Mitchell and Hector Martinez had worked with the young player on infield drills to prepare for the game, and this worked a treat, with lots of impressive outs recorded at first base.
Urmston on top
With 17 weeks of Saturday morning baseball/softball sessions under their belts, the Urmston Nippers’ experience prevailed, as they won the game by 22-10.
But Stockport’s Fire Kids showed great promise in both batting and fielding, especially considering that most of them had only picked up a glove for the first time this January.
It was a thrilling and positive experience for all involved, and plans are already being made for the next meeting between the two teams.
Baseball/softball sessions will continue for this age group until July in Stockport and Trafford.
Meanwhile, plans are in the pipeline to replicate these sessions in Liverpool with help from Liverpool Trojans Baseball Club and the Sefton Softball League, so keep an eye out for sessions starting after Easter.
Sessions will also be coming soon in Altrincham, with Key Stage 3 sessions planned across the region for the autumn of 2016.