Raptors edged out in a high-scoring thriller against the Mavericks

Close play at first base in the Raptors v Mavericks game. Photo (c) Rob Jones
Close play at first base in the Raptors v Mavericks game. Photo (c) Rob Jones

The Herts Raptors came agonisingly close to their first win of the season as they went down 25-24 in a slugfest away at the Guildford Mavericks.

Paul Barton was very effective on the mound – giving Herts a 7-1 lead after two innings – but Guildford came back thanks to a combination of good hitting and several defensive errors.

Similar to last week’s battle in Brighton, the Raptors fought back in the final inning by driving five runs home, but the tying run was stranded at second base for a second consecutive week.

This was their fourth loss in a row, but the Raptors are still within reach of the playoffs if they can turn the one-run losses into wins.

The other three Herts teams had no games at the weekend, but there are several crucial games coming up for the Herts Falcons in the NBL.

On Sunday they will host the Bracknell Blazers in a double-header that starts at 12pm at Grovehill Ballpark in Hemel Hempstead.

The Falcons need to win both games to maintain the pressure on the unbeaten London Mets whom they face on June 7 away from home in the biggest game of the season so far.

In the Single-A league the Herts Hawks will travel to Tonbridge. Both teams have 100 per cent records so far, so something has to give.

The action is also heating up in the youth leagues. Herts teams in the U19, U15 and U12 age groups will go into the Little League UK Qualifier next month where the winners will progress through to the European qualifiers for a chance to play in the Little League World Series in the USA. This prestigious event is shown across the world to millions of TV viewers.

It is not too late to join the Herts teams for this prestigious event. For more details contact Herts Baseball Club via hertsbaseball.com