Hawks flying high as unbeaten start continues

Herts Hawks catcher Paul Auchterlounie
Herts Hawks catcher Paul Auchterlounie

While the top two Herts Baseball Club sides rested over the bank holiday weekend, the Herts Hawks continued their unbeaten start to the Single-A League season.

Their opponents were the Richmond Dukes, who were also unbeaten going into Sunday’s game, but the Hawks won it convincingly 34-10.

Andrew Slater was the winning pitcher for the Hawks – his third win of the season – however there was controversy in the final inning.

The new rule which regulates plays at home plate has been causing confusion in Major League Baseball and it seems to have done the same in the BBF Single-A League.

A Hawks runner was adjudged to have slid home illegally, making contact with the pitcher who was covering the base. Judging by this incident, managers and officials will be referring to the rule books frequently this season, but unlike their MLB counterparts, those in the Single-A League will not have video replays available.

Meanwhile, the Herts Raptors faced another Richmond team, the Richmond Squires.

They got off to a difficult start, conceding four runs in the top of the first inning, at which point a heavy downpour flooded Grovehill Ballpark within minutes.

The officials declared the game suspended, so the teams will have to meet again later in the year to complete the game with the score 4-0 in the top of the first inning with one out. Time will tell whether or not nature’s intervention will work in favour of the Raptors.

This Sunday, all eyes will be on the NBL game between the Herts Falcons and reigning NBL champions, the Essex Arrows.

The Falcons (2-0) find themselves tied at the top of the standings with the London Mets (2-0).

Essex Arrows (2-2) are third and they can overtake the Falcons if they win both games of the double-header. The first game starts at 12pm at Town Mead Ballpark in Waltham Abbey.

The Herts Eagles are also in action as they will play at home against the Oxford Kings.

Two wins in this double-header could see them leap from seventh to third place in the Triple-A League standings.

The Herts Hawks will travel to the Forest Glade Redbacks, looking to extend their unbeaten start of the season.

Before that, the Herts Harriers will host the London Mets in the U19 baseball league on Saturday.