Anyone who wrote off the injury-hit Herts Falcons from the National Baseball League playoff race may be having second thoughts after this week’s round of games.
The Falcons found themselves bottom of the standings with a difficult game at the table-topping Southampton Mustangs, but produced a fine performance to cause an upset.
Despite conceding four runs in the first inning, starting pitcher Abel Salas was back after missing the previous two games and he prevented any further runs for the remainder of the game which the Falcons went on to win 8-4.
Apart from Salas, Herts also saw the return from injury of Tom Armstrong as well as the debuts of Ryan Hackel and Daniel Fernandez.
The team was also not far from winning the second game of the double-header.
Pitcher Jose Sosa had another outstanding performance, allowing only two runs going into the sixth inning, but then the Mustangs drove in five runs to open up an unassailable lead and win 7-3.
The Herts Eagles, meanwhile, had a difficult day against the reigning Triple-A League champions London Metros, losing both games of the double-header.
Elsewhere, Charlie Mayhew – a product of the Herts youth baseball programme – pitched a gem for the Herts Hawks at the Brentwood Stags as they were narrowly beaten in an 8-7 defeat.
Herts Raptors lost 25-13 to the London Musketeers in a close game that only slipped away from them late on.