Hawks sink Pirates to get back in the playoff mix

Action from Herts Hawks' clash with South London Pirates. Picture (c) Richard Lee, www.richardleephotography.org
Action from Herts Hawks' clash with South London Pirates. Picture (c) Richard Lee, www.richardleephotography.org

The Herts Hawks are back in the British Double-A League playoff race after two wins against the South London Pirates on Sunday.

Ace pitcher Nick Russell had another outstanding performance which helped the Hawks win 10-5 in the first game of the double-header.

Jim Arnott was just as impressive in the second game as, despite trailing 11-6 in the fourth inning, the Hawks recovered to win 22-12.

Elsewhere, the Herts Raptors lost 25-24 in a see-saw Single-A League game at Brentwood. It was a six-hour, incident-packed marathon in the sunshine.

Meanwhile, Herts Baseball Club has confirmed that two of its players, Jamie Gregory and Tom Everex-Armstrong, have been invited to the MLB Try Outs in Barcelona, Spain

Although there have been several other British players called up to the MLB European Try Outs in previous years, this is the first time that Herts players will take part.

More than two dozen players have gone on to sign contracts with MLB teams in the last three years as a result of the Try Outs.

This news will give British youngsters the belief that, with hard work, they have the opportunity to reach the top of the game.

Boys and girls aged 6 to 16 will have the opportunity try baseball on Saturday at 10am at an Open Day organised by Herts Baseball Club.

For details how to take part, please visit www.hertsbaseball.com or call the club on 020 8455 0597.