Herts teams begin their preparation for the new campaign

Picture (c) Richard Lee
Picture (c) Richard Lee

It is back to action for the Herts Baseball Club adult and youth teams on next week as they return for the first session of Spring Training.

In the first few weeks, starting on Saturday, January 25, preparations will take place indoors at JFK Catholic School. Herts will then invade the Northwick Park Baseball Centre where the focus will be mainly on hitting, but other aspects of the game will be covered too.

On February 16 and 23 the teams will be turning back the clocks to experience the playing surface which MLB players used in the Astrodome – the home of the Houston Astros between 1965 and 1999.

The venue was nicknamed The Eighth Wonder of the World as it was the world’s first domed sports stadium ,complete with artificial Astroturf grass.

The Herts players will strut their stuff on the same type of first-generation artificial surface after it was installed a few weeks ago at Whitefield School in Barnet.

The Herts teams return to Hemel Hempstead’s Grovehill Ballpark in the first weekend of March where training will continue until the pre-season games in the Herts Spring League.

League action gets under way in early April.