Herts Falcons boosted by the capture of GB U23 star Goncalves

Luis Goncalves has rejoined the Herts Falcons
Luis Goncalves has rejoined the Herts Falcons

The Herts Falcons may have had the weekend off from NBL action but they have been busy in the transfer market again – welcoming back Great Britain U23 international infielder Luis Goncalves.

The 21-year old made his debut for Herts in 2008 when he was just 14. He quickly progressed through the Herts ranks and made his debut in Britain’s top league, the NBL, in 2009 with the Herts Falcons.

After two seasons with the Falcons, Goncalves moved to the Harlow Nationals with whom he won three consecutive NBL national championships between 2011 and 2013.

His outstanding fielding abilities were recognised in 2012 when he was selected in the NBL Team of the Year, which is the equivalent of MLB’s Gold Glove Award.

“Everyone at the club has missed Luis over the last few years, but he is back at Herts now,” said Herts Falcons manager Lee Manning.

While the Falcons were resting, three other Herts teams were in league action at the weekend.

Everyone at the club has missed Luis over the last few years, but he is back at Herts now.

Herts Falcons manager Lee Manning

The Herts Eagles suffered two heavy defeats on opening day, and it became three losses in a row after the London Mammoths won the first of two games on Sunday.

However, the Eagles fought back in the second game of the double-header to end the losing streak with a 13-4 victory.

The Herts Hawks remain unbeaten this season after a 22-18 win over the Brighton Red Hawks, who came close to pulling off a major fightback win in the late innings.

Herts Raptors came up against a Tonbridge side who have made big strides over the winter and look like they will be a major playoff contender this year. It proved to be an uphill task for the team from Hertfordshire who went down 27-9.

Meanwhile, the youth baseball season is about to get under way. In an U12 pre-season friendly on Saturday, the London Mets proved too strong for the Herts U12 team

With teams in every age group, it is not too late for players aged between 4 and 18 years of age to join the Herts teams in Hemel Hempstead and North West London. Visit www.hertsbaseball.com for more details.