The Herts Falcons have reached the halfway point of the National Baseball League season with a record of four wins and eight losses – currently standing two games back from the play-off places.
Falcons manager Lee Manning will be looking for a big effort from his players in the second half of the campaign as the Falcons aim to swoop for a top-four place.
Despite their difficult start of the season, largely due to a series of injuries, the sixth-placed Falcons remain upbeat as their play-off hopes are very much alive and they have their fate in their own hands.
The Bracknell Blazers currently occupy fifth spot, just one game ahead of the Grovehill-based Falcons, so a sweep against them on July 27 will allow the Herts team to leapfrog their opponents.
The Nationals are in fifth place, two games ahead. A sweep for the Falcons in their double-header at the Nats on August 3 will see them move into the play-off zone if they can score four runs more than their hosts.
The London Mets, currently third and three games ahead of the Falcons, are also within reach. To go above the Mets in the NBL standings the Falcons will need to win both games of their double-header coming up on July 13.
In summary, the Falcons can overtake any of these three teams, but they even have some room for error as they only need to overtake two of their rivals.
The head-to-head meetings with the trio will be massive occasions, but the race may be turned on its head by other results.
It all makes for an exciting second half of the season for Herts fans.
All Herts teams were resting at the weekend with the exception of the Herts Eagles.
They travelled to the reigning Triple-A League champions, London Metros, but were not able to cause an upset, going down 9-0 and 12-2 in a double-header.