Ea­gles suf­fer heart­break in fi­nal

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

RICH­INGS Park Ea­gles fin­ished as un­for­tu­nate run­ners-up in one of the largest soft­ball tour­na­ments in Europe.

Play­ing in the 25th an­nual Wind­sor Tour­na­ment, the Ea­gles marginally lost their fi­nal B Grade Shield fi­nal against Nino Pri­va­dos by just two runs.

The fi­nal score of 11-9 was harsh on the team from Iver, but they can take con­so­la­tion from key pitcher Keith Jam­son’s award for most valu­able player of the tour­na­ment.

The com­pe­ti­tion was hosted by the Wind­sor and Maiden­head Soft­ball League and chair­man Gra­ham Mor­ris said: “This is a spe­cial year for the Wind­sor tour­na­ment as we cel­e­brate our 25th an­niver­sary.

“We’ve wit­nessed some great team and in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances and every­one has done them­selves proud.”

Thirty-two teams from across Eng­land con­tested the tour­na­ment, which was held at Farn­ham Park.

The B grade that Rich­ings Park Ea­gles com­peted in was the high­est level of soft­ball played on the day and is re­ferred to as the ‘com­pe­ti­tion’ grade.

The Ea­gles’ top-four fin­ish in their open­ing group of eight teams was enough to see them qual­ify for the Shield semi-fi­nals and, in to­tal, the team played a marathon eight games on route to their heart­break­ing fi­nal.

TOP MAN: Keith Jam­son pitch­ing for Rich­ings Park Ea­gles

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