Herts Eagles make a flying start against the Richmond Knights

Great Britain U16 and Herts Eagles catcher Conner Brown. Picture (c)  Richard Lee, www.richardleephotography.org
Great Britain U16 and Herts Eagles catcher Conner Brown. Picture (c) Richard Lee, www.richardleephotography.org

The Herts Eagles built on their positive start to the season with an 8-5 home win over the Richmond Knights.

They lost the second game of the double-header 9-2 but their results so far this season mean that they are among the runners in the Triple-A League playoff race.

Herts Eagles manager Carlos Casal said: “We came up against a difficult opponent, but our young team featuring many GB U19 and U17 national team players was not fazed and produced a battling performance – a sign that the future is bright for Herts and for the GB Team.”

In the Double-A League, meanwhile, the Herts Hawks had a confidence-boosting 19-9 away win over the South London Pirates.

However, a spirited comeback in the final inning of the second game brought two runs in to make the score 8-7 to the Pirates, and they held on for the win leaving the bases loaded.

Elsewhere, despite a 20-9 season opening away defeat to the London Marauders, Herts Raptors can look ahead to a positive season.

Raptors co-manager Rob Jones said: “I was really impressed with how the guys performed against a tough team.

“There are a lot of positives to build on.”

The highlight of the day for the Raptors was the return from long term injury of Joseph Osborne-Brade.

He was making his first BBF start in two seasons, and picked up where he left off with both bat and glove.