On Sunday November 6, the 1st “PIGASUS” Mixed Team Coed Slowpitch Tournament took place at the Helleniko Softball fields with great success.
The tournament was organized by the Pigasus Neos Kosmos softball club.
This event brought together a total of 6 men’s and women’s teams:
Pigasus Neos Kosmos
Daphne Palaiou Falirou
Giants Palaiou Falirou
The teams paired up and competed against each other showcasing some excellent softball.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
10:00 – Pigasus (1) / Evryali – Pigasus (2) / Ionikos: 9-6
12:30 – Daphne / Giants – Ifestos Patras: 19-4
15:00 – Consolation Final: Pigasus (2) / Ionikos – Ifestos Patras: 4-1
17:30 – Final: Pigasus (1) / Evryali – Daphne / Giants: 2-1
The trainings for children 8-16 years old will be held every Saturday and Sunday 10:30 to 12:30 in the morning in Greek Softball Stadium (near the old American base).
August 3rd, Rio de Janeiro; IOC session approved the proposal of Tokyo 2020 organizing committee to include five extra sports in the 2020 Olympic Games.
Within the newly added five sports softball (women’s fastpitch) and baseball (men’s) are included as well as karate, surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing.
However this approval only applies on the 2020 Olympic Games and a repeated Olympic inclusion of softball and baseball will have to be agreed again later.
So after London and Rio de Janeiro with no softball awesomeness, get ready for Tokyo 2020!
The Olympic tournament will consist of six teams.
It’s time to take your working out seriously!
Republication: European Softball Federation
The Greek Women’s National Softball Team completed its 2016 season competing in the 15th Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C. Canada and finished 19th among 31 nations. This was Greece’s 2nd World Championship appearance after its participation in China in 2006.
The team started off facing 2 of the strongest softball nations in the 1st round. On opening day they were defeated by Cuba 8-1 followed by a defeat against China 5-1. The team bounced back and won a very strong Guatemala team 2-0.
The results of the 1st round of play placed Greece in the Round Robin Placement Bracket and would first face Austria. In a very close match, Austria came away with the win by a score of 5-4. Our next opponent was Serbia and with exceptional offense led by 2 doubles by Gialketsis and Chelsea Lisikatos & 1 by Donta, Panagiotou and Skarogianni Greece dominated Serbia 9-2. Pakistan our next opponent forfeited their game thus Greece won be default 7-0.
This moved the team to the Placement Playoff Bracket first defeating Uganda shutting them out 4-0 and then Peru by the same score.
We would then face Guatemala. It was a close game tied 1-1 for 4 innings when Demi Patonis singled scoring Donta from 3rd to put Greece ahead 2-1 which remained the final score.
Greece had secured 19th place in the tournament & would face Austria once again for the 18th spot. The game was even and remained scoreless for 7 innings putting the game in extra innings where Austria would score the only run of the game in the 8th inning defeating Greece 1-0.
With an overall record of 6 wins and 4 losses Greece remained 19th in the World and 6th in Europe.
Head Coach: Jimmy Kolaitis
Assistant Coach: Kim Wright
Assistant Coach/Trainer: Charalambos Trigonakis
Assistant Coach: Marina Demore
Team Manager: Denise Horafa
Assistant Team Manager: Zoe Stavrou
Bat Girl: Sophia Sherik
The Women’s U22 National Team travelled to Pardubice, Czech Republic in July to compete in the U22 European Championships. The team had high hopes on improving their 3rd place finish in the previous U22 Championships. A difficult task as they faced some of the top European Softball Nations.
On opening day Greece faced the tournament favorite and later the European Champion Netherlands. The Dutch were too strong thus defeating Greece 15-0. The team bounced back and later that evening beat Poland 9-1 with solid pitching by Loren Stavrou.
The next match against Slovakia was highlighted by a Katie Vretzos homerun in the 5th inning, but that was not enough, as costly defensive errors resulted in a 5-2 loss. The defeat did not affect the team as the next day they dominated Lithuania and won 16-1.
The following two games of the tournament were against two of the strongest European nations, Russia and the host Czech Republic. Greece was defeated 15-0 and 9-1 respectively.
The final day of play saw a rematch against Poland. The game was tied 1-1 until the 6th inning, when costly defensive errors by the Greek team resulted in a 4-1 loss. This result placed Greece in 6th place in the European Championship.
Head Coach: Dennis Horafas
Assistant Coach: Iandros Zavitsanos
Team Manager: Maria Horafa
Assistant Team Manager: Zoe Stavrou
Kostis Liarommatis met with Dr. Thomas Bach (President of IOC) and Mr. Capralos Spiridon (President of HOC) in the lighting of the Olympic Flame “Rio 2016” on April 21 in Ancient Olympia, where they had an extremely constructive debate on the new sport of Olympic Games Softball.
The Greek Softball Federation President Kostis Liarommatis had the opportunity to meet the Major League Baseball Vice President and New York Yankees General Manager Joe Torre at a recent convention in Las Vegas Nevada.
The two men discussed the current situation of softball and baseball in Greece and the possibility of further talks and cooperation between the two in the future.
For the 2nd consecutive year, a team of American College Softball athletes visited Athens for 2 days of exhibition games at Ellinikon Softball field.
The first day, the American team played against a team of Greek all-stars. The second day exhibition game, the teams were mixed. Both games lasted 8 innings with great plays and an amazing experience for all involved. The whole event was carried out in a festive mood where no score and statistics were held.
The General Secretary of Sports, Kyriaki Giannakidou honored the event with her presence and congratulated the U22 Women’s National Team players for their recent success at the European Championships held in Bulgaria.
The games attracted many athletes and spectators and is becoming a tradition. The Greek Softball Federation President Kostis Liarommatis renewed the event for next year.