Falcons swoop to get season back on track

Darrin Ward Herts Baseball Club
Darrin Ward Herts Baseball Club

HERTS Falcons have finally put their losing streak behind them to record their first victories of the campaign.

The Falcons went into their double-header with Croydon Pirates sitting at the bottom of the National Baseball League standings with a record of six losses and zero wins so far this season.

The side, however, put in a fine display to win both games in what will be a huge boost to morale.

The Herts manager, Hemel’s Lee Manning, led from the front with two hits and two runs batted in.

He also helped with two top defensive double plays to prevent the Pirates from scoring runs when they had the bases loaded.

Falcons ace Darrin Ward pitched the first game, striking out three batters and hitting a home run to help the team to a 10-3 victory.

Alexander von Rosenbach also hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

Louis Hare, meanwhile, was the hero on the pitching mound in the following game, giving up just one earned run in a 13-3 win.

Troy Linton, from Berkhamsted, was also on fine form for the Herts side, causing havoc for the Pirates pitchers with the bat.

It is the first time that the Falcons have won two games in a row since April last year when they swept aside the Southampton Mustangs at home.

The Herts youngsters, meanwhile, kept up their winning run during their trip to Essex.

The Under-14 All Stars claimed a dramatic 14-7 victory over the Forest Glade Redbacks, with promising Hemel youngsters Liam Green, Kieran Manning impressing for Herts.

The win means the club maintains its place as one of the UK’s top junior outfits.

Next week, Hemel’s Grovehill Ballpark will host a special National League event.

The Falcons will be one of six teams taking part in league games at the same venue on the same day as they do battle with title favourites the London Mets.

Meanwhile, the Herts development team, the Raptors, travel to Tonbridge in search of their first win of the year.