VIDEO: Bartenders bat in the Bacardi Softball Classics

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Some of London’s finest bartenders came together for the third annual Bacardi Classics Softball tournament. Eight teams played at Finsbury Park’s Softball Fields in north London while spectators tucked into imported bottles of Cuba’s Hatuey beer and Bacardi and cola and pulled pork baps.

The teams participating in the knock-out tournament and competing for a trip to Barcelona were:

  • Hoxton Hellraisers, captained by Ali Burgess, owner of Happiness Forgets in Hoxton
  • Soho Sinners, captained by Steven Tarr of Milk and Honey
  • Portobello, captained by Jake Burger, owner of Portobello Star in Notting Hill
  • Soho House, captained by Casey Sorenson, bar manager at Shoreditch House
  • Kaboom, captained by David Cordoba, Bacardi’s global brand ambassador
  • Hotel Warriors, captained by Tom Walker of The American Bar at The Savoy
  • London Cocktail Club, captained by Joey Medrington, director of operations for London Cocktail Club
  • T&A, captained by Sophie Mackay from House of Wolf

Round one saw the Soho Sinners, Portobello, T&A and Bacardi’s own team knocked out. The semi-finals saw the Hoxton Hellraisers continue their march to the final with an 18-8 win over Soho House and the Hotel Warriors and London Cocktail Club were very closely matched in a nail biter game, until Tom Walker led the Warriors to an 11-9 win.

The final came down to the Hoxton Hellraisers versus the Hotel Warriors. The Hoxton Hellraisers took an early lead and despite a valiant effort, the Hotel Warriors could not come back from a 22 point lead. So, in the end, it was the Hoxton Hellraisers led by esteemed Bacardi Classics softball veteran Ali Reynolds, who took the crown and the trip to Barcelona with Bacardi brand ambassadors Shervene Shahbazkhani and Metinee Kongsrivilai. Reynolds’ overall performance beat an incredible over-the-fence outfield catch from Bacardi’s own Ian Parslow for the title of most valuable player.

Shervene said: “Three years ago, we held the very first Bacardi Classics Softball tournament because we wanted to do something fun for bartenders to celebrate the great people behind such an incredible industry.

“It was amazing to see the competitive enthusiasm of the bartenders who have been playing for three years running. It was also fantastic to welcome some new faces to shake things up a bit.

“The Bacardi Classics Softball tournament has become a must-attend event in the industry calendar and we are already working on plans for next year… perhaps a UK versus USA tournament!”

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