Arrows pip the Falcons to Herts Spring League title

Herts Falcons line up for the national anthem on opening day 2014. Picture (c) Richard Lee
Herts Falcons line up for the national anthem on opening day 2014. Picture (c) Richard Lee

The Essex Arrows won their second Herts Spring League Majors title in a row as the competition came to a close at the weekend.

The Herts Falcons were hoping to overtake them in the direct clash between the two teams, but the game was rained off.

The London Mammoths took full advantage of this on Saturday, beating the Herts Eagles 9-4 which moved them into second place tied with the Falcons.

With fewer runs per inning conceded by the Mammoths, they overtook the Falcons and pushed them into third place.

Meanwhile, before the final weekend of the HSL, the Herts Hawks had a commanding lead at the top of the HSL Double-A standings with three wins and no losses – and only the Haverhill Blackjacks had a mathematical chance of overtaking them.

The Herts Raptors were Haverhill’s opponents and they gave their club-mates a helping hand with a 8-4 win which confirmed the Hawks as this year’s HSL Double-A Champions.

The HSL Single-A race went right down to the final game of the competition, despite Guildford sitting comfortably in first place at the start of the weekend.

The London Musketeers needed two wins to overtake them, and they seemed on course after taking a 6-0 lead into the final inning of their game against Kent Mariners.

However, eight Kent runs in the final inning derailed the Musketeers’ title hopes.

That gave Guildford an even firmer grip on the Single-A title, but as news of Tonbridge beating Haverhill 5-1 came through on Sunday they had to wait anxiously for the score of Tonbridge’s final game.

Tonbridge won that game but it was once again the Herts Raptors who played the role of the spoilers as they drove in seven runs in the process which pushed Haverhill’s runs conceded per inning up to 1.43 compared to Guildford Mavericks’ 1.18.

With Spring Training completed, British baseball teams up and down the country will hope that this will be their year. The 2015 league opening day takes place this Sunday, with five games at Grovehill Ballpark.