Glory awaits as Falcons gear up for date with destiny at baseball finals

Picture by Richard Lee
Picture by Richard Lee

Herts Baseball Club’s 17-year history has included some big games, but none can compare to this weekend’s climax of the 2013 season.

The Herts Falcons will be aiming to bring the National Baseball League championship trophy back to Hemel Hempstead for the first time.

But they have a tough task on their hands. On Saturday they face the reigning champions, Harlow Nationals, in the semi-final.

It’s a chance for revenge after the Nationals broke Falcons’ hearts 12 months ago, beating them 6-3 in the final to clinch the NBL championship.

The game will be played at Slough’s new Farnham Park stadium and a bumper turnout of Herts baseball fans are expected to make the short journey for a 2.30pm start.

If the Falcons overcome Harlow, they will be through to Sunday’s final where they will meet the winner of the other semi-final, between the London Mets and the Southampton Mustangs.

Also on Saturday and at the same venue, the Herts Harriers will be looking to carry the flag for the club in the U17 national championships.

In the semi-final they come up against the London Mets, who have been the dominant force in the U17 league over the last three years. The game starts at 10.30am.

The club’s fourth team, the Herts Raptors, were eliminated after losing the semi-final of the Single-A League on Saturday after 10-6 loss to the Haverhill Blackjacks.