The Port Moresby Giants club, organisers of the recent Money ball softball tournament staged from the 12th-13th of October 2019 at Port Moresby’s softball diamonds, have hailed the event a success. The tournament saw eight of the city’s teams back on the diamonds once more ahead of the 2019 season – testing their wits on the new game.
“The game has been great! Teams have grasped the nature of the game and how it’s played fast,” said organiser of the tournament, Dick Bart Junior stated.
Introduced for the first time on Papua New Guinea soil, moneyball is a fast paced softball concept. In the best of seven innings, to win a game, a team must play smart by scoring runs, turn over play and defend a single inning before quickly moving to the next. This can turn the game around, a fast outfield, runs and innings different from the traditional softball game but with the same rules.
“We’ve modified the game, so teams play for money instead of trophies,” said Dick Bart.
The organisers believe the format should be used at the national championships instead of the traditional form of the game.
By Bradley Valenaki – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby