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ESSL season is on the way

In May the season starts with a tournament in Reutlingen, Germany.  Nine teams from four different countries will play five tournaments to win the ESSL championship title 2015. But this will be a tough race because only the first 6 teams will make it to the A finals in Lubljana. The other teams will play the B finals.

Important rules for 2015:

  • Playing rules for the ESSL are based on the latest ASA Slow Pitch rules.
  • Only .52/300 balls are allowed. Teams will be required to bring their own balls to each round of the tournament and the ASA stamp and .52/300 must be visible.
  • Stealing is allowed
  • The league standings are based on points. A team receives a certain amount of points based on their tournament result, for instance, 1st to 9th place: 10 points – 8 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 – 0
  • The first 6 teams of the ESSL are qualified for the A tournament in Lubljana in September. All other teams will play a B tournament in Ljubljana.
  • All players have to be registered online at least 48 hours before the tournament starts
  • To qualify as a player for the championship tournament in September the following rules apply:
    • A player needs to participate in two tournaments with at least one plate appearance in two games
    • 1 player with only one tournament
    • New registered players that are justified and accepted by the ESSL

Teams 2015

Bad News Bombers (USA/GER)
Bulldogs (SLO)
Dream Team Lubljana (SLO)
Guzzlers (USA/GER)
Los Coyotes (DOM/AUT)
Los Titanes (DOM/AUT)
PGS (AUT)
Stallions (SLO)
Toros (VEN/CH)

ESSL Team Map

 

Tournaments

  • 16/17 of May Reutlingen, Germany
  • 6/7 of June Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 11/12 of July Bern, Switzerland
  • 22/23 of August Linz/Lichtenberg, Austria
  • 19/20 of September FINALS in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Super Cup

ESSL League Teams

Wild Card Team

 

Source: SoftballEurope.com

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ESSL Power Ranking #1 2015

ESSE LogoBefore every tournament we will have a look into our crystal ball to see what we can expect from each team during the season.

Last year the Guzzlers (USA/GER) won the ESSL league championships followed by the Los Coyotes (DOM/AUT) and Linz Grizzlies (AUT). This year new teams take the stage and old teams improved. For this season it appears as though the cards are being reshuffled.

Read about the first power ranking of the season:

Bad News Bombers Germany1. Bad News Bombers
Last ranking: –
Tendency: –

Coach Drew Chesser formed a team with a lot of new players. Additionally, he strengthened the team with the power of Jason Parker (ESSL hitting champion 2014). We will see if this team really has some bad news for the other teams in the league. But remember last year the Grizzlies already showed that hitting long balls is not always the receipe to win every game.

Guzzlers Europe2. Guzzlers Europe
Last ranking: 1 (season 2014)
Tendency: –

Will the Guzzlers be able to repeat their title? Will they also be able to answer the “bad news” from the other US-team? At the moment this is something that is difficult to answer but we think that the missing of the Rhino (Jason Parker) might have weakened the Guzzlers a little bit. That’s why they are placed as second for the first ranking. But there is a simple way to proof that the crystal ball is wrong by winning the ESSL Germany tournament in Reutlingen.

Los Coyotes3. Los Coyotes
Last ranking: 2 (season 2014)
Tendency: –

The Dominican team always looks for challenges when the play the game and they have one goal – to be #1. Their strength is that they grow with the challenge. The stronger the opponent, the more they are concentrated. However, this is also the weak point. Because they need emotions for winning they sometimes struggle when everything is too relaxed.

Dream Team Ljubljana4. Dream Team
Last ranking: 5 (season 2014)
Tendency: –

It looks like Dream Team learned from last year and added two important players to their roster. One is Tomo Zezlina a great pitcher and a smart hitter. With his experience he can lead the team to a succesfull way up to the top. The second player is an outfielder with power as long as he keeps concentrated – Jerman Matic. After the first tournament we will see if Dream Team lives up the expectations.

Bulldogs Novo Mesto5. Bulldogs
Last ranking: 4 (season 2014)
Tendency: –

It seems like the Bulldogs have some changes in front of them. Last year it was a team that were very close to beat the Guzzlers and they already won against the Los Coyotes. This team is very smart and can fight until the end. However, this year there are several new players involved and it’s a big question if the new players wil be able to achieve a breackthrough. Their goal is to be at least the #1 of the Slovenian teams. At the moment it looks like a close race.

Poestlingberg Ghetto Style6. PGS
Last ranking: –
Tendency: –

On the paper it’s a new team but the core players are from the Grizzlies, last year #3 in the ESSL. However, the team has to deal with several injuries and it seems like that their main goal will be the Super Cup in September. Their playing style is hitting line drives and using their speed to create pressure on the bases.

Los Titanes ded Linz7. Los Titanes
Last ranking: –
Tendency: –

It’s another new team that enters the scene. Last 2 years the Titans played in the Austrian league and are well known for their unpredictability. There are games when it seems that they give up the control but suddenly the hit the ball everywhere and score a lot of runs. Their weakness is still their lack of concentration and experience. It’s a pretty young team.

Toros Softball Switzerland8. Toros
Last ranking: –
Tendency: –

Toros are a big unkown team this season. They are rumours that they have the potential to be one of the top four teams but on the other side it’s a question mark if they will be capable to get their strongest players together. For Germany the team will not show the true face because they miss some players with real power. With their full squad we expect a strong defensive team.

RANKING #1

1. Bad News Bombers
2. Guzzlers Europe
3. Los Coyotes
4. Dream Team
5. Bulldogs
6. PGS
7. Los Titanes
8. Toros

statsslovenia2015

On June 6th/7th in Ljubljana (Slovenia) 25 games were played on two days on one field. The Bad News Bombers won the tournament in the final game against Guzzlers Europe (read about it)

SOME FIGURES
1 field
8 teams
25 games
1417 plate appearances
464 runs
593 hits
43 homeruns
92 base on balls
57 strike outs

Final Rankings ESSL Germany
1. Bad News Bombers
2. Guzzlers Europe
3. Los Coyotes
4. Bulldogs
5. Dream Team
6. Toros Softball
7. PGS
8. Los Titanes

PLAYER AWARDS
Best Hitter
: William Mueller, Bombers, AVG .833
Best PitcherJürgen Haunschmidt, PGS, OBA .368

BEST HITTER OF EACH TEAM
Bad News Bombers: William Mueller (1.), Bombers, AVG .833
Bulldogs: Matija Moze (16.), AVG .600
Dream Team: Matic Jerman (15.), AVG .611
Guzzlers: Kodie Bellew (4.), AVG .667
Los Coyotes: Espinal Hernandez (8.), AVG .632
Los Titanes: Ofraini Ortega Beltre (3.), AVG .727
PGS: Jonathan Santiago (4.), AVG .667
Toros: Jose Posada (10.), AVG .625 & Eisbel Rojas (10.), AVG .625

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Source: SoftballEurope.com

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