Another successful season of Slowpitch Softball concluded today with Fawkner Park at its best in brilliant sunshine. Melbourne Softball Joining a weekend of events held in the City of Melbourne hosted the Slowpitch League final playoffs and grand final.
The playoffs saw Tuesday League winners, Drop Bears, in a tight game defeat Thursday winners, The Battlers 10-7. Playing in their first season at Melbourne the win by the Drop Bears denied The Battlers a back to back premiership. Wednesday League winners Foul Balls defeated league stalwart, The Flaming Beacons 12-2.
Before taking to the diamond for the grand final, all team members, and their supporters enjoyed a barbeque lunch and in the early innings had a bird’s eye view of the Air Force Roulette aerial displays and F/A-18 fly-overs in the skies above as they circled the Albert Park Grand Prix and Fawkner Park.
The grand final was an exciting game going to an eighth inning to see DROP BEARS defeat FOUL BALLS to take the 2015/16 Slowpitch League Premiership – 12-11 runs.
Melbourne Softball congratulates Drop Bears and all teams who won through to the season playoffs. These teams along with all teams who have participated in the 2015/16 Slowpitch Softball League are commended for playing our great team sport in true nature of the game.
In closing off the season with all thanked for their participation, team managers and league umpires were also thanked for their efforts throughout the season.
We look forward to returning in November when the next season commences – and in the interim Melbourne Softball turns its attention to Sunday leagues for mixed gender slowpitch and women’s fastpitch games.
For the umpteenth (yes, that’s a real word) year in a row (ok, so maybe it’s 5) the MSA Exec managed to pull some strings with Mother Nature and had her turn on a glorious day. The sun shone from start to finish on what was ultimately a very long, but rewarding day for all of us.
The B Grade ladies started things off with the early slot. The game was tight for the first four innings with only a run or two in it before Monash took their foot off the brakes and put the game out of Melbourne University’s reach. In the end Monash comfortably took the game out 13-3 in 6 innings.
Melbourne Warriors and Red Devils slugged it out in the A Reserve final and again it was a game that saw a lot of runs scored. Red Devils took it in seven innings with a 19-12 win. (Editors note: if anyone who saw the game has more info than that, hit me up with a brief report and I’ll amend the above)
Wingers Red never really got onto the main game against Panthers, shut out from almost the first innings when Panthers went on a run scoring spree that saw them roll through their batting lineup with ease. They wrapped the game up in four innings with a (very) convincing 17-0 scoreline. That was the 4th grand final win in a row for the Panthers and they are certainly the team to beat next year.
Congrats to our Grand Final MVP Winners: A Kathy Bedwell Ares Felicity Mifsud B Caitlin Laird
Congratulations also to Kathy (Panthers) and Danielle (Melbourne University) for their Duyvestyn Service Awards in recognition of their Service to Softball at Fawkner Park.
I know I can speak for the rest of the MSA Executive when I say a sincere thank you to all those who were there on Sunday and during the course of the season, be it as player, spectator, umpire, or executive member. We may be grumbling by the time we shuffle back to the car on a Sunday evening but we come back time and time again because we love the game and want to see it flourish and prosper. The continued support of our members and their desire to play softball and to see us to continue to play at Fawkner Park is both heartening and humbling and is what keeps us coming back year after year.
The MSA will be back in the park for our midweek Corporate Slowpitch Competition from Nov 10th and we’d love to see some new faces there. There aren’t many better ways to spend a warm summer evening than hitting a ball and having a laugh. If you think you might be interested then sign yourself up to our mailing list and we’ll keep you up to date with all the competition info. Slowpitch Information and Mailing List
Good luck to all those heading off to their summer associations and we’ll see you all back for the 2016 Metro League.
I checked the BOM before leaving home on Sunday and was disappointed to see ‘mostly cloudy’ was the forecast for the day. Fortunately they got it very wrong and Fawkner Park was bathed in bright sunshine for most of the day.
Three teams, Panthers, Melb Uni Raptors and Warriors, booked themselves Grand Final berths with wins taking them directly into the big match on Sept 13th.
Monash and Red Devils live to fight another week and take on two of the Melbourne Uni teams, while the Wingers Blue gals find themselves eliminated at the hands of their club mates in the Wingers Red team.
A Division Panthers 11 def Eastern Raiders 0 Wingers Red 11 def Wingers Blue 5
A Reserve Division Melbourne Warriors 19 def Red Devils 11
B Division Melbourne University Raptors 6 def Monash 2
You can find Preliminary Finals game details and times on the Events page for Week 2 Finals
Please note the time slots as they will differ from our regular times
Having one or two issues getting the finals schedule to display on our external site, so please bare with us as we iron out a few wrinkles with tech support. In the meantime you can find the upcoming finals fixture below.