Xavier Keeps the Herts Falcons flying high against The Blazers

Xavier Gonzalez had a outstanding day with the bat for the Herts Falcons. Picture (c) Richard Lee www.richardleephotography.org
Xavier Gonzalez had a outstanding day with the bat for the Herts Falcons. Picture (c) Richard Lee www.richardleephotography.org

The Herts Falcons needed a two-run homerun by Xavier Gonzalez to win the first game of their double-header against the Bracknell Blazers.

The Blazers included Great Britain national team pitcher Jordan Edmonds in their side, and he allowed allowing only four hits through more than five innings.

But with the game tied 3-3, the Falcons produced their trademark rally late and a two-run single by Robbie Unsell followed Gonzalez’s double secured an 8-3 victory. Ryan Bird was the winning pitcher.

The Falcons won game two comfortably as pitchers Unsell and Jordan Farkas allowed only one Bracknell hit.

Herts shortstop Gonzalez hit his second homerun of the day in a convincing 15-1 win.

The wins keep the Falcons top of the National Baseball League with eight games remaining in the regular season.

They are virtually guaranteed a playoff place, but Herts have their sights on finishing first or second to earn an automatic passage through to the NB L finals in September.

Elsewhere, Herts had further reason to celebrate in the lower leagues as the Herts Raptors are now guaranteed a place in the Single-A League playoffs after a 38-19 win over the Milton Keynes Coyotes.

The Herts Ravens and the Herts Eagles lost their games against the Cambridge Royals and the London Marauders, respectively, and they now need minor miracles to reach the playoffs.

In the U17 League, the Herts Harriers picked up two wins against the Forest Glade Redbacks.

This keeps them firmly in touch with the London Mets and the Cobham Cougars who have dominated the U17 league over the past four years.