The dms Jersey Flyers, who have faced their Guernsey opposition on numerous occasions but never taken the victory, were confident and relaxed going into their season finale. Their rivals, Lock In Hit Squad, looked strong and formidable but, after a shaky first innings, the Flyers soon found their groove with the bats, increasing their run-lead each innings. In the field they showed their true strength, with excellent catches being made in the outfield and precision plays shutting out the runners in the infield. The Flyers captain, Chris Le Lion, was thrilled with the win; “After a long season of softball the last thing I would have hoped for would be to face a tough opponent in Guernsey but that’s exactly what we got. Throughout the game the Lock In Hit Squad tested the dms Jersey Flyers but we managed to work hard, stay together and in the end come away with the win. They team did their captain and themselves proud”. Final score 19-4 to the dms Jersey Flyers.
Next up, the division one champions met in an extremely close inter-island clash of the titans. After the first 3 innings, the Dominion Niners were equally matched with their Guernsey counterparts, the TCCI Tornadoes. Trailing by just 3 runs going into the 6th innings, the Niners looked to mount an attack on the Tornadoes fielding however the Guernsey team dug deep and only allowed 2 runners to pass home, signalling the end of the game. Final score 12-11 to the TCCI Tornadoes.
With two strong games before them, the Island squad’s B team took to the field with high hopes for another rewarding match. Facing a fearless Guernsey B squad, the Jersey team were immediately on the backfoot but managed to level the runs 5-all by the end of the 3rd innings. Unfortunately the Guernsey team managed to pull out an 8-run lead in the next two innings, whilst simultaneously shutting out Jersey. Despite a last ditched effort in the 7th innings which saw Jersey score a further run, they were unable to hold back the tide from Guernsey. Final score 16-6 to the Guernsey B team.
Watching on from the sidelines, the A team were confident that they could take on their Guernsey counter-parts and steal the victory. Scoring 1 run themselves and allowing Guernsey only 2 runs in the first innings, both teams then successfully shut each other out in the 2nd. Despite being well matched in their fielding abilities, Guernsey held their own during their at-bats and began to chip away a lead. Trailing, 2 runs to 10 in the 7th innings, Jersey made one last attempt at a come-back but were quickly halted in their advances. Final score 10-3 to the Guernsey A team.
Speaking about the games, the President of the Jersey Softball Association, Ali Wade, said “I was very proud of the way all the Jersey teams played on Saturday. Congratulations must go to the dms Jersey Flyers for winning the 2nd division championship. It was unfortunate that the Dominion Niners were pipped to a win in the last innings in the 1st divisional championships. Both the Jersey A and B teams couldn’t find the gaps in a strong Guernsey defence but nonetheless fought to the end.”