Essex Redbacks deny the spirted Hawks

Ali Hall, Herts Baseball Club
Ali Hall, Herts Baseball Club

THE Herts Hawks fought bravely against fellow strugglers Essex Redbacks at Hemel’s Grovehill Ballpark, but were left empty handed.

The first game was a close encounter, but ended 12-8 to the Essex team.

The second game, meanwhile, looked as though it was going to be a walkover, with the Redbacks putting 10 runs on the board in the first inning.

However, a superb rally from Herts in the bottom of the fourth inning gave the side hope of a recovery.

Ali Hall, Ralph Bartholomew and Paul Auchterlounie all got hits or runs batted in, as the home team fought back to within four, but the side could not keep up the pace and succumbed to a 25-22 loss.

Elsewhere, the Herts Raptors showed good spirit in their 21-3 defeat at the hands of league-leaders Southampton Mustangs.

The Mustangs asserted their authority in the second innings, scoring eight runs.

Herts tried to reply and, in the third innings, they scored two runs and loaded the bases, but Southampton’s accurate pitcher struck out the final batter to end the threat.

Raptors’ stand-in manager and pitcher Arnie Longboy said: “We all had fun and that’s what’s important.

“We had three great guys from the Little League contributing here, and the future looks bright.”