Plucky Herts Raptors go down swinging

Theo Scheepers. Herts Baseball Club.
Theo Scheepers. Herts Baseball Club.

HERTS Raptors came agonisingly close to registering their first win of the year as they took on the Old Timers in a double-header at Grovehill.

After an encouraging performance in defeat in the first of the two games, the Raptors went into the second match-up hopeful of securing that elusive first victory.

Herts performed well in the first six innings of the encounter and the scores were tied at 15-15 going into the seventh and final period of play.

But the Old Timers lived up to their name, using their vast experience to edge past the young Herts team and claim the win.

The performance will, however, give the Raptors plenty of confidence going into their remaining games of the campaign.

Herts started the first game brightly, and John Kjorstad’s home run – Raptors’ first of the year – helped them to a 9-8 lead in the fourth inning.

But as has been the case for the Herts side on a regular basis this year, one big innings from the opponents undid all of their good work.

The Old Timers batted cleverly and eventually secured a 27-9 win.

Herts, however, went into the second of the games with renewed vigour and after three innings the score was tied at 10-10.

The Old Timers took the lead, but Herts were not going to go down without a fight and, with one inning remaining, the scores were level.

The last inning started brightly for Herts, but the Old Timers dug deep and edged home to victory.