Falcons deliver final inning salvo to see off London Metros in the BFF Cup

There was another home run for Maikel Azcuy. Picture (c) Paul Holdrick

There was another home run for Maikel Azcuy. Picture (c) Paul Holdrick

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The Herts Falcons are through to the second round of the BBF Cup after a 15-9 win over the London Metros.

The Londoners led for most of the game, but the Falcons recovered to tie at 8-8 going into the final inning and ultimately secured the win by driving in seven more runs in that ninth inning.

Pitcher Jose Sosa was awarded the win for the Falcons, while record-chasing Maikel Azcuy hit another home run, but this will not count towards his NBL career home run tally which stands at 35. He needs one more to overtake record holder Simon Pole.

The Falcons are also starting to see power from other members of the team; this time it was Yvan Pena who hit his first home run for Herts.

Elsewhere, the Herts Eagles were the underdogs in their BBF Cup first round game against Bracknell Blazers – a team playing one league tier above them.

They had to face GB pitcher Jordan Edmonds which made the likelihood of a giant-killing even more improbable.

Despite losing 10-3, the Eagles delivered one of their better performances of the season so far which will boost team spirit as they turn their attention to the race for the Triple-A League playoffs.

There was one other Hertfordshire team in action on Sunday as the Herts Raptors hosted the Essex Redbacks in their second game of the Single-A league season.

They suffered a 36-13 loss which would suggest that they will need to tighten up defensively if they are to get back in the playoff chase.

The Falcons and Eagles have a rest this weekend, but there is a double bill on Sunday as the Herts Hawks meet the Richmond Dukes at 10.30am while the Herts Raptors play the Richmond Squires immediately after that at around 2.30pm. Both games are at Grovehill Ballpark.