High-flying Herts Falcons in pole position for the title

Michael Osborn's Herts Falcons are in excellent shape. Picture (c) Project COBB Photography.
Michael Osborn's Herts Falcons are in excellent shape. Picture (c) Project COBB Photography.

The Herts Falcons enjoyed the first of back-to-back rest weekends, safe in the knowledge that their fate is in their own hands.

A pair of wins against Croydon Pirates on August 11 followed by another sweep against the lowly Essex Redbacks at Grovehill Ballpark on August 18 will seal a first top-tier title in the club’s history.

In the second tier, meanwhile, Herts Ravens are already looking to next season.

Although they lost to Oxford, the tight nature of both defeats against the Kings will give the Ravens hope for 2014. Liam Green’s home run provided another ray of light.

Elsewhere, the Hawks beat Southampton – behind the pitching of Nick Russell – to stay in sixth place in the table.

If they can avoid falling lower than that they will qualify for the postseason play-offs.

Wrapping up the adult league action, the Raptors suffered a rare loss but have already sewn up a play-off spot.

In the U17 league, the Herts Harriers recorded a 14-7 victory over London to leapfrog the Mets and the Cobham Cougars into top spot.

Winning pitcher on the day was emerging talent Tom Everex-Armstrong. The play-offs are scheduled for August 31.

Meanwhile, the club also made time to run a Home Run Derby as part of the Legacy festival in Dacorum.

More than 40 players took part, including a number of players who were trying baseball for the first time.

Falcons’ Ryan Bird claimed top honours in the home-run competition.