Under 15s Softball Team are District Champions!
On a cold and wet English summer’s day, the Archway Under 15s Softball team were representing the Stroud District at the Level 3 Gloucestershire School Games at Hartpury College.
Having finished second in the Level 2 competition with Stroud schools they were determined to beat the local competition at the county event.
As the weather drew in, the performances improved with consistent bowling from Lucy Curtis, outstanding catching from Daizie Vallender on 3rd base and the fast hand of Morgan Balchin on 1st base, taking out large numbers of opposition. As Archway tore through the Gloucester schools followed by Cheltenham, the only team able to stand in their way were last year’s winners Dene Magna, who beat every team in the tournament and were outright winners once more.
As usual one of the biggest games of the event came against a combined Marling and Stroud High School team who had previously won at the level 2 event. Some huge hitting from Kieran Welsh and astute fielding from Reece Davies and Tom Gannaway saw a slim one run victory against the local rivals, setting up the opportunity to take second place and the silver medal.
Only Cheltenham’s Bourneside School stood in their way, also with the chance of claiming second spot. Having lost the toss and being forced to bat first, Archway scored their lowest two innings total of the tournament of only 8 runs. Only some outstanding fielding would leave them with a chance. As the rain grew heavier, catcher behind Charlie Warner stepped up his game and caught out 3 behind. The hours of drilled fielding practice paid off as Archway took all of Bourneside’s batters one by one, winning by a 2 run margin to secure the title of the District Champions and the second best softball team in the County for the second year running! Special mention to Izzie Smith and Lydia Wakefield who played up from year 8, and the outstanding Leonie Colley - the youngest player in the tournament from year 7. Many of the year 10s will undoubtedly get a call up to defend the U18 gold medal in September.