London Fastpitch Softball League

8th May 2011 - Match Day 1

Chalfont took to the fast-pitch arena for the first time on Sunday and with some great results. We won all three of our matches against more experienced opposition. (OK granted... one of the teams we played was actually all school girls, and, yes, we had the help of several GB development squad players ...oh... and a Canadian All star pitcher who could not only throw down great curve balls but also had most of the blokes tongues hanging out all morning!) That aside, it was still a great performance in a game that requires some quite different tactics to slow-pitch.

First up we took on the home team Richings Park. We got off to a slow start, going behind in the second innings. Fortunately our international line-up came through and some great outs at 1st base kept us in the game. We then got our timing going for the 50mph fast-pitches being thrown and started to notch up the runs. High-lights included some great hitting and cheeky base stealing from Woody (our sole female player - come on ladies let's see some more of you for the next event). An incredible bunt followed by 3 errors led to "Slugger" Gobby getting home from the first ever bunt laid down by a Chalfont player. New-comer Barrie provided some great hitting and amusing base running tactics, whilst Phil "the filth" Masters was as consistently good with the bat at fast-pitch as he is for slow-pitch.

Game 2 saw us face the London Angels, their pitcher struggled to find their range so we got quite a way ahead early on through walks and steals. In fact, so much so, that we decided to rest our Canadian All star pitcher and let Chris "Gobby" Yoxall on the pitching mound and Dan was brave enough to offer to try and have a go at catching his pitches. I think it's fair to say that Gobby was throwing a huge "variety" of pitches in the warm-up. I don't think any actually made it into the next field but only due to some good size trees behind the plate. However, as soon as the game got going he found his range and although a few balls had the batter running for cover he soon found the strike zone and we maintained our lead. After several bizarre challenges from the opposition (we had to retake the field at one point as there was a mix-up on the number of outs) we eventually ran out to win (7-5?).

The 3rd game was a close affair against Nottingham. The high-light for me was watching Dan and Woody repeatedly dummying a throw to first with the bases loaded and the runners unable to steal! Would have been an insane but amazing play had they pulled it off! Everyone played solid in the 3rd game and even though we gave up quite a few walks and steals we ran out winners on a count-back as the clock ran out. Congrats to all involved for a really good day.

Big thanks to Liz and HJ for supporting and scoring during the day.

Upcoming fastpitch dates

We have three more fast pitch days:
11th June, 18th June and 9th July (all Saturdays)

Put the dates in your diary now and let me know if you want to play. If we have enough interest we can field a Div.1 team (Has to be all male or all female) for the next round, and a Div. 2 team with hopefully some more ladies in next time.

Please let me know ASAP if you want to play. It is a very exciting form of the game and also makes you much sharper for the slow-pitch version.

See you all at Diamond next Weekend...

(Author: Chris Snelling)