Blazers battle back as injuries prove costly for the Falcons

Herts Eagles in action against Essex Redbacks. Picture (c) Richard Lee
Herts Eagles in action against Essex Redbacks. Picture (c) Richard Lee

After taking a 6-3 lead and looking in control away at the Bracknell Blazers, the Herts Falcons suffered a setback in the race for the NBL title.

The Blazers rallied with four runs in the bottom of the final inning to win the first game of the double-header 7-6, but perhaps more costly in the long-run were serious injuries to Herts centrefielder Cris Hiche and pitcher Abel Salas.

Hiche fractured his wrist in an outfield collision with Mike Osborn, while Salas was taken out of the game with a hamstring injury.

The injuries meant the Falcons’ strategy had to be scrapped, and the Blazers took advantage to convincingly win the second game 14-4.

Falcons manager Lee Manning said: “We have to battle through the storm while our injured players recover and try to pick up wins along the way to stay in the playoff race.”

In the Triple-A League, the Herts Eagles lost both games against the Essex Redbacks, 11-4 and 13-3.

In the Double-A League, the Herts Hawks pulled off a brilliant comeback as they recovered from 11-4 down against the Brentwood Stags to win 14-13.

The second game, though, was comfortably won 21-11 by the Stags.

This week, all four Herts adult teams are in action. The Falcons host Essex Arrows at Grovehill Ballpark at 1pm on Sunday.

On Saturday, the club’s youth team will go into the unknown as they face several American teams, as well as a French team from Paris.