Double delight as Herts Falcons plunder the South London Pirates

Herts Falcons have their sights set on the playoffs. Picture (c) Paul Holdrick
Herts Falcons have their sights set on the playoffs. Picture (c) Paul Holdrick

The Herts Falcons picked up two wins on Sunday against the South London Pirates to keep the pressure on NBL leaders London Mets.

The Falcons conceded 15 runs in their season-opening game against the South London Pirates to win narrowly 16-15, but this time around there was no late-inning drama. Both wins were secured comfortably with final scores of 18-4 and 15-1.

There was no home run from record-chasing Maikel Azcuy, but the number of Falcons players with a home run to their name this season has increased to seven with Andy Cornish and Jose Sosa being added to the list on Sunday.

Moises Vasquez came close to being the eighth home run hitter when his shot bounced off the top railing of the home run wall.

Herts fans also had an unexpected surprise on Sunday when two-time NBL Most Valuable Player, Ryan Bird, made the trip from the USA for his first game for the Falcons since April 2014. He picked up where he left off, batting 2-for-3.

The Falcons’ next game is at home against the Bracknell Blazers on May 31.

In the other leagues, the Herts Eagles were involved in a closely-fought game with the Essex Redbacks on Sunday.

They lost the first game 6-4, but bounced back to win the second 4-2. This pushes them up one place into sixth position in the Triple-A League standings.

In the Single-A League, the Herts Raptors loaded the bases in the final inning against the Brighton Redhawks.

This put the tying run on second base and the go-ahead run on first base, but their late rally ended there with the score at 18-20.

They are the only Herts team in action next Sunday as they go on the road again searching for their first win of the season – this time against the Guildford Mavericks.