Saddleworth Plays Ball

By Joe Sheridan

A NEW addition to the Saddleworth sporting community is hoping to receive a warm welcome.

The Mossley Mayhem Softball team recently relocated to Greenfield’s Churchill Playing Fields for training and hopes to encourage new interest in the sport from both spectators and competitors.

Steve Howard explained the reasons behind the move but insisted it will not distract from the club’s recent success.

He said: “Due to lack of facilities the team could not continue on as normal in Mossley meaning the club had to adopt a new home base for the summer.

“The club has just completed another successful season, clinching promotion to Division 1 of the Manchester Softball League, enabling them to rub shoulders with the GB team that recently won the Slowpitch Softball European Championship.

“After just three seasons in existence the club has moved from the bottom of the MSL to the top, including completing the whole 2012 season undefeated.”

Growing in popularity and success, the club launched a second team for the 2103 season in Division 4, aimed at beginners and less competitive players wanting to develop their game.

Slowpitch softball is seen as a ‘social form of baseball’, sharing many of the skills and rules but adapted to be more player friendly.

Each team requires five men and five women, and the age range is also very varied – Mossley Mayhemers range from 20 to 65 years old.

Steve added: “The club is always interested in attracting new people – if you would be interested in giving it a go please contact mossleymayhem@gmail.com. We can provide all equipment and coaching as necessary.”

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