Falcons’ playoff hopes hanging in the balance after Blazers double-header

Abel Salas was on top form against the Blazers. Picture (c) Paul Holdrick
Abel Salas was on top form against the Blazers. Picture (c) Paul Holdrick

Herts Falcons were aiming for two wins in Sunday’s NBL double-header against Bracknell Blazers to give themselves the best possible chance of reaching the playoffs – but they could only manage one.

Great Britain pitcher Jordan Edmonds was back for Bracknell after his spell playing in America, so Falcons manager Lee Manning had to decide which of his starting pitchers to put on the mound.

He went with Jose Sosa and, with two innings remaining, it seemed that this was the right decision as the Falcons held a 4-2 lead.

But the visitors struck back with six runs in the sixth inning to secure a 9-5 win.

A second loss would have been unthinkable, so up stepped ace pitcher Abel Salas who was back after missing the previous two weekends.

He produced an excellent performance, striking out 12 batters and allowing only four Bracknell runs to score as Herts secured a one-run win.

The defeat in the first game is a big blow for the Falcons, however, as it means they need results in other games to go in their favour in the last three weeks of the season.

All eyes will be on Farnham Park this weekend for a do or die double-header between the sixth-placed Falcons and the Southern Nationals, who currently occupy the fourth and final playoff place.

Meanwhile, two other teams from Herts were also in action at the weekend.

Herts Eagles lost both of their games away at the Oxford Kings , while Herts Hawks lost 10-4 to the Sidewinders.