Raptors roar late on to clinch win

Picture by Jim Garnett
Picture by Jim Garnett

HERTS Raptors kept alive their hopes of reaching the post-season playoffs with a last-gasp win over an experienced Old Timers team from Enfield.

With Old Timers leading for most of the game, it took a spirited response from Herts to drag themselves back into the contest, and the Grovehill Ballpark outfit eventually snatched the win late on.

The Raptors now go into the final two games of the season knowing that two wins will give tham a chance of being involved in the post-season play.

Herts started the game well against the Old Timers, with Berkhamsted’s Zack Longboy putting in a good stint on the mound.

Ken Pike then stepped up to the plate and picked up his first of an excellent six hits, before Gilberto Medina cracked his first home run of the season.

However, the Old Timers began to work their way into the game in the second innings, and put up five runs to take the lead.

The Enfield side maintained their advantage as the game went on, but Herts dug deep to launch their late fightback.

Pike and Medina again led the way as Herts fired in seven runs to take a two-run lead into the top of the ninth inning.

The pressure was then on Jake Caress to close out the game and he did not disappoint as Herts secured the unlikely victory.