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Registration Opens for 2022 Carrie Trundle Cup

Registration for the Carrie Trundle Cup, Softball Ulster’s mid-season tournament, is now open, and will be open until 31 May. Any interested Softball Ireland-affiliated teams should email competitions@softballulster.com to register.

The tournament is scheduled to take place in Belfast on Saturday, 11 June. The location is to be announced, but it will be confirmed soon.

The tournament will also feature Softball Ulster’s home run derby, which is open to all players, with entry fees for the competition to be donated to a charity, which is yet to be selected. Any Softball Ulster member who wants to suggest a charity to be the beneficiary of the entry fees should speak to their team captain or contact the Softball Ulster council.

SU Start of Season Tournament (2019)

Softball Ulster League Play Begins

Softball Ulster teams played their first games of the 2022 season starting on Sunday, 1 May, when the Belfast Angels hosted the Bangor Buccanneers at Hydebank Playing Fields. The Angels were playing their first competitive game since the 2019 season, having sat out the 2020 season and played only in friendly matches and blitzes in 2021. The Buccanneers won by a score of 33 – 18.

Also on Sunday, the Lisburn Hawks, playing their first-ever match in league play, played the Smokin’ Aces at their home grounds, Wallace Park. The Aces won 35 – 6.

On Monday, May 2, teams played the final two games of the season’s opening weekend. First, the Belfast Sliders played another new team, the Cyclones of Belfast Softball Club, at Hydebank Playing Fields, which will serve as the Sliders’ home grounds this season. The Sliders built a 15-run lead going into the Cyclones’ last turn at-bat, allowing them to weather a seven-run Cyclones rally and win 21-13.

Finally, last year’s league champions, the Belfast Cubs, played the Belfast Brawlers, which had won the league title every year from 2016 to 2020. With the score tied 17-17 after seven innings, the Brawlers were able to hold the Cubs scoreless in the top of the first extra inning and then score the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving them an 18-17 win.

Bylaws and League Rules 2022

In preparation for the launch of the 2022 Softball Ulster League, the Softball Ulster Council have published the 2022 Bylaws and League Rules document. The Bylaws and League Rules will be agreed at the Captains Meeting to be held virtually on Friday 29th April 2022.

You can download the document by navigating to ‘Rules and Regulations’ in the menu bar above, or following this link: https://softballulster.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/su-bylaws-and-league-rules-2021-v1.1.pdf

We look forward to seeing everyone on the pitch from this Sunday 1st May as the Softball Ulster League kicks off.

Softball Ulster begins 2022 season with Start-of-Season Blitz

Softball Ulster held the Start-of-Season Blitz on April 10 at Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields in Lisburn. The Cubs, BSC, Sliders, Hawks, and Bucs were in attendance, as well as an entry from the Hippeties of Softball Leinster.

Both of Belfast Softball Club’s entries made it through to the afternoon playoff, as did the Sliders and Hippeties. Both BSC teams ended up in the championship game, with BSC’s “BSC 2” team winning the final over “BSC 1”.

BSC’s Nathaniel McQueen and the Sliders’ Kirsty Briggs were the tournament’s two MVP award winners.

Start-of-Season Blitz MVPs Kirsty Briggs (left) and Nathaniel McQueen (middle); BSC captain Phil Wallace receives the winner’s trophy from SU Chair Andrew Craven on behalf of his team