In the first of the division one games, the CPA Global Pirates, fresh from their tournament win the previous weekend, took on last years division winners, Dominion Niners. Both teams were eager to grasp their first win for the season, but after 7 innings the Niners had stretched out a convincing lead, with the final score 19-9.
At the same time on pitch 2, the newly formed Jacksons Eagles took on their fellow division two team, Tigers. With each team equally matched for the number of experience and new players, it was inevitably a close game. Eagles started well, reaping the benefits of their pre-season training regime and scored their first run before shutting out the Tigers offense in the bottom of the first. Tigers hit back with some great batting and by the top of 4 had opened up a 5-1 lead. Eagles rallied in the fifth, scoring 4 runs including a home run from Jordan De La Perelle and an excellent triple from Tom Menard. The 6th was another strong innings for the Eagles and saw them into the 7th leading by 11 runs to 6. Tigers did not lay down and finished strongly scoring 4 runs before a final ‘glove-tipped’ catch by Short-stop Leah Cunningham which brought the game to a victorious end for the Eagles. A close, keenly fought contest between the two sides suggests this will be a great rivalry for their remainder of the season. Final score 12-10 to the Eagles.
In the second slot of the day, DMS Jersey Flyers and Corefocus Cubs met on pitch 1 for their first division 2 meeting. These two teams have been competing against each other over many seasons and they are usually close encounters. As it turned out, this game was no different. After shutting-out the Cubs in their third innings, the Flyers managed to score the first runs of the game, with Second Baseman, Javier Gomez, hitting a Home Run to score two runs. The fourth innings was almost a repeat of the third, with the Flyers shutting-out the Cubs once again and scoring another two runs, albeit by less powerful hitting. The Cubs did manage to get on the score-sheet in their fifth innings, with a Home Run of their own, which they repeated in the sixth innings. With the Flyers only able to score a single run in each inning in reply, the score-line remained very close. The Cubs went into their seventh and final innings only three runs in arrears and their middle-order due up to bat. However, the Flyers’ maintained their defensive form displayed throughout the game, with their fifth shut-out, and they ran out 6–3 winners. As well as the Home Run hitter, there were good batting performances for the Flyers from Candice Parsons, and Phil Bouchard. In the field for the Flyers, Chris Le Lion had an impressive game from the Pitching position. However, the stand-out performer for the Flyers was James Marshall, with both the bat and glove, and it earned him the first Flyers’ Player of the Match Award of the season.
Back over on pitch 2, the experienced Jacksons Falcons took on their newly promoted sister team, Jacksons Phoenix. It was a closely fought game, with each team striving to prove their worth in division 1, however the Falcons pulled out an early lead as experience in their rank shone through with Ric Pedro sending a deep outfield ball past the Phoenix gloves in left field. A tentative start from 2014's division 2 champs, Phoenix, on the field allowed the Falcons to advance round the bases, racking up 13 runs in the first 2 innings before Phoenix could shake off the early nerves. The Falcons proved difficult to contain throughout the 6 innings played, and excellent placement hitting from Pedro, along with home run hitters Scott Roberts, Gabriel Anzla and Sam Lempriere (HR on unforced errors) tested the Phoenix defenses, but the Phoenix team improved over the course of the game, with flashes of last seasons excellent on field pairings coming through between infielders Cameron Ramsay, Alex Kilpatrick, Jason Boschat and Chaz Cunningham. By the dying stages, Phoenix were starting to show much more confidence and aggression both defensively and at bat, but the Falcons had cruised to a comfortable victory, with 22-4.