The Herts Falcons ended a run of six consecutive league defeats with a win in their BBF Cup quarter-final tie away at the Oxford Kings.
Robbie Almanzar was the winning pitcher, while manager Lee Manning was also able to give some of the club’s younger players their Falcons debuts; both Takaya Miki and Warwick Byrne did well defensively and offensively.
The win comes as a relief, but psychologically the pressure of their lengthy losing streak in the league will still be on the back of the players’ minds until they can return to winning ways in the NBL.
They will aim to do this on July 5 when they travel to the surging Southampton Mustangs who recorded a third consecutive win at the weekend. They can leapfrog the Falcons in the NBL standings if they win both games of that double-header.
Meanwhile, it is now eight wins out of eight games for the Herts Hawks this season as they beat the Old Timers 14-7 to strengthen their hold on top spot of the Single-A League Division.
On Sunday they face the Herts Raptors – one of only two teams in the league yet to record a win this season. However, this is a Herts derby, and local rivalries often bring out the best in the underdogs.
The Herts Eagles also have a home game this Sunday against third-placed Brighton Bulldogs. Both games start at 12pm at Grovehill Ballpark in Hemel Hempstead.