NRW ON THE PODIUM
The newly formed 13U NRW softball team led by coaches Claudia Volkmann and Katharina Szalay took part in a 13U softball tournament for the first time last weekend. The U13 Softball Germany Cup, held at the Cologne Cardinals, also marked the first games for this young team. The teams from Kiel and Stuttgart were clearly beaten in the preliminary round and so they moved into the semi-finals on Sunday highly motivated, where the selection from Baden-Württemberg was waiting.
The tension was clearly noticeable because the final was within reach. However, the selection from BW came into the game better and was able to pull ahead with 5 runs in the first inning. But the initial nervousness faded from inning to inning and the lead melted away, so that NRW actually still had a chance to win. Unfortunately, the hard-hit line drive landed directly in the glove of the short stop and the dream of reaching the final was dashed.
In the game for third place it was against the selection from Kiel/Berlin and it was shown right from the start that the previous defeat had been forgotten. At no point was the subsequent victory in danger and so the young girls from North Rhine-Westphalia immediately secured a place on the podium in their first tournament appaerence.
Our Olivia was there, who contributed her part to the success of the NRW team with great hits and strong defensive work. We would like to warmly congratulate the entire team.
We saw a team and project with a signal effect and wish the coaches Claudia and Katharina all the best for the future. Keep it up!
The winners of the Deutschland Cup were the Freising Grizzles. We also warmly congratulate them.