High-flying Falcons sweep the Redbacks to bag the NBL title

The Herts Falcons sealed the club's first ever NBL title. Photo by Richard Lee www.richardleephotography.org
The Herts Falcons sealed the club's first ever NBL title. Photo by Richard Lee www.richardleephotography.org

It was party time at Herts Baseball Club on Sunday as the Falcons swept the Essex Redbacks to seal a first National Baseball League title in the club’s history.

They will now be desperate to now go on and convert the favourable post-season seeding into a first ever top-tier national title.

Sunday’s victory was secured courtesy of another no-hitter from pitcher Ryan Bird.

This rare feat of preventing the opponents from amassing a single hit in the game is something he also achieved the previous weekend.

Bird and the rest of the Falcons will be eager to carry their incredible form into the weekend of September 14, when the national title will be decided at Farnham Park, near Slough.

They are hoping for a large contingent of Herts fans at the finals and are urging people to go along and cheer the Falcons on.

In the third tier, meanwhile, the Hawks were also celebrating an excellent victory.

Their dramatic 13-12 fight-back win over the Kent Mariners means that they leapfrog Daws Hill Spitfires and the finish regular season in fifth place in the table.

As a result, they will face the Sidewinders in the first round of the play-offs at the weekend.

Full details of the location and timings of the play-ffs will be announced on the Herts website www.hertsbaseball.com as soon as they are released.