Maidenhead Softball Club
Today, March 23rd, Maidenhead Softball Club recieved official notice that we have become a fully accredited ClubMark Club. This is the first time we have achieved this under the new system.
Rascals Tame Wildcats for first win
After rain washed out all the Royals and Rebels fixtures for the past two weeks, the Rascals game found a gap in the weather to take place. Following the amazing 36-30 encounter earlier in the month, there was a lot of anticipation around this game. The Rascals felt they ended that first game the stronger team and if they could take that into this game they had a chance of a first ever win against the Wildcats. If it was to be a first win, it would have to be from behind as the Rascals couldn’t get anything going in their batting, failing to score in their first two innings. The positive in that sequence was the Wildcats only managed to score 3 to lead 3-0 going into the third. It was the Rascals lower order lead by rookies Jack Meadows and Kevin Tappern who helped to get the Rascals on the board and into a 1 run 4-3 lead with the Wildcats to bat. The lead didn’t last long as the Wildcats responded with 4 of their own to lead 7-4, but their batting wasn’t convincing, and the Rascals sensed an opening. Following their lower order’s performance, the top order got in on the act with 5 runs to propell the Rascals ahead again. This time the defence, lead by Mikk Konsap playing his first game at Shortstop, accounted for Wildcats for the concession of 1 run in two innings. Going into the last two innings the Rascals lead 10-8, what this game lacked in runs on the former game, it more than made up for in excitement. When the Wildcats reduced the lead to a single run, 12-11 they set up a grandstand 7th inning. The Rascals managed just 1 run, leaving the Wildcats with 2 to tie, 3 to win. This time, however, the Wildcats couldn’t pull it out and the Rascals had their first win of the season and first over the Wildcats. This was a solid Rascals performance all around with the opposition nominating Mikk Konsap as the male MVP for his defensive performance and Grace Willis picking up her 5th female award of the season for another solid all-around performance. Next up another away trip to the Rattlesnakes.
Royals do double over Knights
The Royals travelled to the current champions for the reverse of the fixture two weeks ago. The champions defence has not been going well and they went into the game winless from their first three games. The Royals rushed into a 9-0 lead before the Knights managed to even get on the scoreboard in the third inning. The fourth inning saw the Royals add 1 to lead 10-2 with the Knights to back. A mini-rally cut the lead to 10-5, but a dominant 7 run 5th inning from the Royals restored a 10 run lead and all but condemned the Knights to a 3 straight defeat. The Knights had the consolation of shutting the Royals out in the 6th inning, their highlight of the game, but as the Royals adding 5 more runs, then shut the Knights out in the 7th, any chance of a remarkable comeback was ended, along with the Knight title challenge. This was a big win for the Royals, having lost both encounters last year, taking 6 points off the champions sets up a very strong title challenge and with the current leaders up next, a chance to establish themselves as the front runners.