After 6 back to back weeks of doubleheaders, the league title came down to the wire, with a winner takes all game to decide who would be crowned 2020 Sheffield Bladerunners league champion between the I's and the II's.
Streamed live on facebook, the pressure was on to perform and both teams came out firing, putting up a combined 23 runs in a game worthy of the title on the line.
Tied at 7-7 after 2 innings, the I's then pulled away to 12-7 and never looked back to secure the title with an 8-4 record. (II's 6-6, III's 4-8)
With the league title in the bag, they'll now look to secure the playoff title too, in this weeks playoff shoot out. The league title secured the I's a bye, so they'll have the advantage of being fresh for the final.
2020 has been a testing year for everyone, but the Sheffield Bladerunners have proved that with planning, dedication and an amazing club spirit anything is possible and this condensed last minute Sheffield based league has proved a massive success, with around 60 players taking part in a covid safe environment.
Congratulations to all the members of the team I squad (and their coaches - Chris Pender, Miguel Juarez and Paul Grime) on securing the first ever baseball league title to have been played in Sheffield. Everyone connected to the sport, hopes this is the first of many such leagues to take place.
9 games into the revised 2020 season and all 3 Bladerunners team are firing on both sides of the game.
We've had shoot outs, pitching duels, wet games, sunny games, a weekly 'skills competition' and visits to the beer garden at the end of the day.
Week 3 saw everybody split with a win a piece, showing on any given Sunday there is strength in every squad. The early game saw Team I start as they left off in Week 2, scoring runs, and jumped out to a 5-0 lead, which led to a 8-4 win by the end, to roll onto 5-0. Next up game 2, did somebody order a pitching duel? when one arrived and the streak was over, as Team II took a great close fought battle 3-1, behind the pitching of Jonny Allison.
The final game had Team II rolling in on the back of a win, but they got a rude awakening and lit up for 13 runs, by a rested Team III.
Rewind to a wet Week 2 and Team I squeezed a surprise win in their first game, before a more comfortable win in their second game over Team II, In the other clash for the up for grabs win, it was Team II that came away with their first win over Team III.
On Sunday August 9th 2020, the Sheffield Bladerunners played is first ever games, in an all Bladerunners League.
All three teams did battle over a triple header to see which team would take an early lead in the standings.
Across the day, over 35 players played a role in the event, all run under clearly defined rules and regs to ensure the safest possible way of running such an event, in these unprecedented times.
By the end of the day, it was the team I squad that came away with the spoils, taking 2 wins, while team III took the other win, leaving team II to start their winning campaign in week 2.
Plenty of rust was blown off quite a few players, but the team I bats came out firing and sealed a historic day for the club.
Looking forward, we have 5 more weeks of triple headers to enjoy and we'll hopefully be keeping you up to date with all the action on here, via twitter, facebook, instagram and youtube. Spectators are welcome but are advised to contact us first, so we can update you on do's and dont's etc - with the revised set up.
New for 2020 - Our store allows you to shop til you drop and kit yourself out with a full wardrobe of Sheffield Bladerunners Merchandise.
From caps to shorts, jackets to hoodies, they are all there, in a full range of sizes. So head over to our friends at the Baseball Outlet and check out the full range. Why not stock up on some baseball equipment while you are there and come and join us and start playing.
We hope you enjoy wearing our iconic Bladerunners 'B' - we know you'll turn heads.
After an extraordinary 2020 so far, the club has waited patiently until they can safely resume playing and give everyone the anticipation and excitement they can look forward to and get back to playing again. That day has now come, with measures in place to minimise any risk to participants, we're ready to go. This time we'll be running our very own Bladerunners only league, representing the recent success and growth of the club.
All games will take place on our home diamond at Forge Valley and our current 3 squads will square up and do battle to be crowned the Bladerunners 2020 champions. Above all, we'll have the perfect environment to bring along our many new players.
So, despite the delayed start, baseball is back and we'll be keeping you up to date with everything that going on. If you want to be a part our training and playing squad, then contact us and we'll get you started.
Wear your favourite baseball club's team colours with pride wherever you go. The club has produced 8 exclusive designs for you to purchase.
We have 4 stretch fitted masks and 4 drape tied at the rear (top and bottom) or adapted to go around the ears. Whichever you prefer, we've got it.
All designs are subject to current availability and can be posted, once payment has cleared.
Cost - just £5 plus postage.
All masks can be washed at 60 degrees and have and insert pouch for filters to be added, should you wish.
So message us now and secure your limited edition face masks for your Sheffield Bladerunners. #wearwithpride
The Bladerunners are fortunate enough to boast some of the best facilities in British Baseball. The Forge Valley complex includes our very own purpose made diamond, changing and shower facilities, 3G/astroturf training surface, indoor cages and hall, gym, free parking. not to mention a great team on hand to help.
We are now able to deliver 2 baseball diamonds operating at the same time, making Forge Valley unique in the north/midlands baseball scene.
We are continuing to develop and thrive at Forge Valley and even help out at their Sports day and camps held on site.
Bring on 2020 for more good times, come and visit us this season.
Recently the Bladerunners took part coaching over 50 local school children at an American sports event, which also included, cheerleading, basketball and american football.
The effort, talent and fun that was on show was truly amazing. Every child gave their 100% effort and were a credit to their schools.
This is the 3rd year we have attended this event and every year its great to see kids enjoying new sports, especially baseball.
All winter we've been giving new players a chance to try playing baseball and so many have never looked back and are now on the rosters for the upcoming season.
From April we'll be outside on Thurs evenings at Forge Valley School, so why not come along and give it a go.
All equipment is provided and everyone's first session is FREE.
So if you ever thought of playing but not yet got round to it, make 2020 the year to start your baseball journey.
Get in touch for more details.
How to find us
Forge Valley Community School
Wood Lane, Stannington, Sheffield, S6 5HG
Free parking is available on site.
Via public transport, First buses run via Stannington Road, get off near the Anvil Pub, or use the Blue Route Tram to the Malin Bridge terminus and walk the short distance up to the school.