Month: December 2015

Softball Leinster 2015 Year in review

2015 saw another boost in the number of teams in the Leinster League bringing our number up to 28 teams. With 13 teams playing in a crowded 2nd division, 8 teams in the 1st division and only 7 teams in Prem, it was a rollercoaster of a season with new a few teams upsetting the status quo.

Leinster's TNT 2015

Never short on entertainment, Division Two has always been a popular breeding ground for new players and new teams, and 2015 was no different. Three brand new teams entered the league, along with Softball Leinster stalwarts, the Blazzers, making up a thirteen team, three-county-division to play out over a total of six months. The division ran as follows; Each team would play each other once before the division split into three conferences based on their placing in the league after the initial twelve games. Each team would play the others in its conference once again to decide final league standings.

The Renegade Reapers and Dodder Dynamites joined the Sauce Monsters in Conference A, leaving one spot to be claimed. With SWAT, the Blazzers and the Castleknock Wildcats contending, the Tullamore Tigers were favourites for the spot, putting eight wins in a row together on their way towards the top conference. However, the Castleknock Wildcats had other plans, beating the Blazzers and Tullamore Tigers to edge that fourth place spot. The Homers would claim the eighth place spot in Conference B, squeezing out the Oddsox Blacks.

August then played host to the Conference stage of Division Two. The Oddsox Blacks would lay claim to Conference C, outdoing both the Deadly Suspects and Renegade Titans. The Tullamore Tigers, were unlucky missing out on a spot in Conference A, but coming out on top of Conference B. In Conference A, the Sauce Monsters slipped up in losses to the Castleknock Wildcats and Renegade Reapers, with both of the latter sides also claiming wins over the Dodder Dynamites, setting up an exciting final day of the season at the top with the Renegade Reapers beating the Castleknock Wildcats.

This season’s First Division saw some exciting competitive play. The division lined up as follows: Dublin Bay Packers, Base Devils, Thunderbolts, Temple Bar Hippities, The Usual Suspects, Marlay Meteors, Kielys Chuggers and Castleknock Bearcats. The Packers were relegated from the premier division last season and Thunderbolts came up from division 2. The 1st division winners were the Temple Bar Hippities thanks to a ten-game winning streak in the middle of their season leaving their nearest contender, the Castleknock Bearcats one win short of the title. The Chuggers finished with their best season yet with a strong 8-5 season. The Dublin Bay Packers slipped from Prem and had to forfeit two games during the season due to a lack of players, they finished just ahead of their 2Pak clubmates, the Thunderbolts. The rest of the division saw the Usual Suspects, Marlay Meteors and the Base Devils rounding out the division.

Finally, a smaller Prem division with only 7 teams who played 12 games this season, with each team having a two bye weeks, was rocked this year by the upstart team made up of former Renegade Reds and Sluggers players who formed “The New Team” – AKA TNT. TNT went on to win the Prem division in their inaugural season. Coming right up behind TNT with the same amount of wins was 2014’s division champions Odd Sox Green. The rest of the Prem division finished up with the Dodder Dynamoes, Batpak, Kiely’s Kegs, Marlay Martyrs and the Renegade Beachers rounding out the 7 team division.

Thanks to all the teams and players who played this year and contributed to a great 2015 season. We are looking forward to the 2016 season and looking forward to seeing you all back on the diamond!

University of Limerick

UL Campus hosts Limerick Softball Tournament

A one day tournament was held on the UL Campus, on the 21st of November in collaboration with UCD Softball Club. Five teams took part; UCD Softball, Sons of Pitches, two teams representing the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, as well as a team composed of Limerick, Tullamore Tigers and UCD Softball players.

Played out in a league format, it was Sons of Pitches who emerged victorious; overcoming an early defeat to RCSI 2 to claim wins over the remaining three teams. Unfortunately due to a serious injury incurred by a UCD Softball player, as well as the inclement conditions, the final round of fixtures were cancelled, leaving the final standings as follows;

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Limerick Softball Comp 2015

Jonathan Spielberg – Sons of Pitches captain, is presented with winning trophy by Noel FitzGerald – Limerick Softball Tournament Controller.

Congratulations to Sons of Pitches on the win. Thank you to UL Sport for allowing the use of their excellent facilities. Also special mentions must go to those who went to great lengths to ensure this tournament would go ahead – Senan Dormer, Jonathan Spielberg, Mark Mandarano and Aliyah Lockhat.

This tournament was important for raising awareness of our sport to a whole new batch of softballers, for some it was a first introduction to Irish softball, while to others it was their first ever tastes of competitive softball. Varsity softball will continue in the new year, and any volunteers who would like to aid in this promotion of our sport are always more than welcome. Please contact saucemonsterssoftball@gmail.com for more information.

Dublin Indoor Softball Tournament – January 30, 2016

2016 Dublin Indoor Softball Tournament – Confirmed for January 30, 2016 – Entries Open

The 2016 DIST, Dublin Indoor Softball Tournament, will take place in ALSAA, Dublin on Saturday 30th January, 2016.

The cost of the tournament will be €120 per team and umpires will be provided but you will still have to score a couple of games. Once all teams have been confirmed the schedule will be sent out in the week of the tournament.

To enter a team please forward your team name and contact details to brian@softball.ie and arrange to pay a €60 deposit (or the full amount if you want) transferred to the account details provided Brian on confirmation of your entry. The closing date for entries and receipt of your deposit is January 15, 2016.

Teams who played in the Winter Indoor Softball Tournament will be prioritized for spots!!!

We look forward to seeing you on the day…