Chichester Falcons Softball Club ended their regular season on a high coming away as Solent League Division 2 champions.
With a 10 & 3 record and having beaten all but one of the Division 1 teams, the Falcons pipped Southampton Spitfires to the top spot by two points to take the title and promotion to Division 1 for the 2019 season.
Falcons manager David Morris said: “The team have worked so hard all season at practice, and they should be proud of themselves for this long-awaited achievement.”
“They hit more runs than any other team in the entire league, let alone our division, and conceded less runs than everybody else, too.
“We’re also seeing our older juniors now graduating into the seniors squad and setting a great standard.
“This is a pattern I’d like to continue and push even harder with next year.
“We’ll have to compete at a higher level more regularly in Division 1 but we have nothing to fear and I’m looking forward to the challenge!”
To add to their success, two Falcons received prestigious trophies at the Solent League end-of-season awards ceremony. Outfielder Hettie McNeil was presented with the Division 2 Female MVP trophy for her consistent outstanding performance on the field – this was voted for by opposing captains and game umpires.
David Morris was inducted into the Solent League’s Hall of Fame for his services to softball and baseball, sharing the honour with Southsea Sharks’ Ed Wakeman, who tragically lost his life in June.
This year has seen huge growth in the younger age groups at the Falcons organisation.
Junior fastpitch team continues to flourish and a new little league baseball club for 7-10 year-olds ran on Sunday mornings in Oaklands Park through the summer.
The seniors section has also expanded to include a fastpitch softball team.
After cutting their teeth at Chichester’s own fastpitch tournament, they headed to Paris in September to compete in the annual Tournoi de Fleur.
The Falcons’ next priority is to form a second team to enter the league and tournaments.
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