2022 DATES:

April 23rd & 24th | May 28th & 29th | June 11th & 12th | July 30th & 31st | October 1st & 2nd

Weekend 2
May 28 + 29

2022 Great Britain Fastpitch League

The season kicks off in fine style

Fine, if chilly weather on the first weekend of the GBFL saw 5 women’s and 6 men’s teams turn up ready to play. While the earlier than usual start date caught one or two teams a tad lite on players, others turned up flush with fresh talent, especially in the men’s division where there is a wealth of new pitching.

Women’s league

On the women’s side then, the season started well with games between Angels/Mix and Angels/Barbarians, which were well fought and decided by a single heartbreaking run. The Mix and Barbarians prevailing in those two games, then facing off themselves in a 12-5 win to the mix. All games this weekend were packed with activity. Solid hitting, pitching, great plays in the field and lots and lots of baserunners. All teams have their star players and their solid reliables, but a small mention might be made of young Amy Morris who in her first senior outing for the Free Agents, struck out her first 3 batters faced, then her game against the Barbarians and held them to 5 runs through 3 innings before tiring. The Free Agents rallied behind her, but the eventual score was 5-4, Barbarians. Elsewhere we welcome back the Cardiff Celts who continue to battle and to improve. There is plenty for them to play for in this league and if at times they struggle a bit, their development deserves to be nurtured.

Men’s League

In the men’s league the Stags, bolstered by fresh pitching, including young Dane, Oscar Anderson and hard throwing, kiwi: Brendan Batten, made life tough for the other men’s teams, but that only tells part of the story. The Stags are ambitious and have their eye on representing the league abroad, both at Zeist in June and the European Championships in Prague at the end of August. Good pitching alone won’t do that but they are batting a storm. Nor did the other teams allow the Stags to have an easy run of it. All teams raised their game and battled back to score runs against them. The Hawks and Eagles, built from the GB youth program, continue to develop and look exciting. The Eagles solidly in second place at this point. Meteors have added a new and convincing North American pitcher, Teagan Waite to their lineup and appear tight and disciplined, and they’ve always been a good hitting team. The Heat were missing their Honduran pitcher, down with covid this weekend, but nevertheless impressed, while the Strays, suffering from a lack of players on this first outing, promise to be a different kettle of fish next time out.

A roundup of the men’s league wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the 4 players from the women’s league who ‘guested’ on the men’s teams this weekend. All turned in excellent performances that must have silenced any questions about their ability to sit with the men. One of the highlights of the weekend was ex South African National Team player, Lisa Erasmus’ searing slash to right field off hard throwing Stag, Brendan Batten – driving in 2 runs to boot …it might have raised the odd eyebrow

THE RESULTS

SATURDAY: APRIL 23

WOMEN’S

LONDON ANGELS 3-4 BARBARIANS

THE MIX 10-9 LONDON ANGELS

CARDIFF CELTS 4-14 FREE AGENTS

BARBARIANS 5-4 FREE AGENTS

BARBARIANS 5-12 THE MIX

CARDIFF CELTS 1-14 LONDON ANGELS

THE MIX 13-3 FREE AGENTS

MEN’S

HEAT 4-5 EAGLES

METEORS 2-13 STAGS

HAWKS 1-14 STRAYS

STAGS 10-5 HAWKS

STRAYS 11-7 HEAT

EAGLES 9-7 METEORS

STAGS 7-1 STRAYS

METEORS 7-5 HEAT

SUNDAY: APRIL 24

MEN’S

EAGLES 0-1 STAGS

HAWKS 0-9 METEORS

HAWKS 10-8 HEAT

EAGLES 7-5 STRAYS

METEORS 5-1 STRAYS

HEAT 2-10 STAGS

HAWKS 1-7 STAGS

EAGLES 11-6 METEORS

HEAT 7-5 STRAYS

STANDINGS

WOMEN’S STANDINGS April/May 2022

W

L

D

PCT

RF

RA

THE MIX

3

0

0

1.000

35

17

BARBARIANS

2

1

0

0.667

14

19

ANGELS

1

2

0

0.333

26

15

FREE AGENTS

1

2

0

0.333

21

22

CARDIFF CELTS

0

3

0

0.000

5

28

MEN’S STANDINGS April/May 2022

W

L

D

PCT

RF

RA

STAGS

6

0

0

1.000

48

11

EAGLES

4

1

0

0.800

32

23

METEORS

3

3

0

0.500

36

39

STRAYS

2

4

0

0.333

37

34

HAWKS

1

4

0

0.200

17

48

HEAT

1

5

0

0.167

33

48

THE DRAW

WEEKEND 2

SATURDAY: MAY 28

SWEDISH INVITATIONAL

10.00

SWEDEN v GB INVITATIONAL

FIELD 1

14.00

SWEDEN v GBU23

FIELD 1

18.00

SWEDEN v GB MEN

FIELD 1

WOMEN’S Schedule

10.00

CARDIFF CELTS v MIX

FIELD 2

12.00

FREE AGENTS v CARDIFF CELTS

FIELD 2

12.00

BARBARIANS v ANGELS

FIELD 3

14.00

MIX v ANGELS

FIELD 2

16.00

MIX v FREE AGENTS

FIELD 2

16.00

BARBARIANS v CARDIFF CELTS

FIELD 3

18.00

FREE AGENTS v ANGELS

FIELD 2

Barbarians 2 games only

MEN’S Schedule

10.00

HAWKS v STRAYS

FIELD 3

10.00

EAGLES v STAGS

FIELD 4

12.00

HEAT v METEORS

FIELD 4

14.00

HEAT v STAGS

FIELD 3

14.00

METEORS v STRAYS

FIELD 4

16.00

STRAYS v HAWKS

FIELD 3

All teams 2 games only

SUNDAY: MAY 29

SWEDISH INVITATIONAL

09.00

SWEDEN V GB MEN

FIELD 1

12.00

SWEDEN V GB MEN

FIELD 1

MEN’S Schedule

10.00

HEAT V STRAYS

FIELD 2

12.00

HAWKS v STRAYS

FIELD 2

14.00

STAGS v HEAT

FIELD 1

14.00

EAGLES v METEORS

FIELD 2

16.00

HEAT v HAWKS

FIELD 1

16.00

METEORS v STRAYS

FIELD 2

18.00

STAGS V EAGLES

FIELD 2

Sign up to play

Enrolment for the 2022 Great Britain Fastpitch League is now open. This season features five full weekends of play, with men’s and women’s divisions. Alongside the GBFL there will be an Under 14 fastpitch league as well.

Players without fastpitch experience are welcome, and we will find teams for players who are not already part of an established outfit.

As usual all games for both men’s and women’s leagues will be at Farnham Park Baseball & Softball Complex, SL2 3BP. (Find map and directions below)

The men’s division will play league games on Saturdays and Sundays.
The women’s division will play league games on Saturdays and scrimmages / practice on Sundays.

The U14s league will run on the same weekends as the GBFL, but the Sunday only from 11.30am to 1.30pm.

See you there!