The Herts Falcons 1st team managed to halt their losing streak at 5 games, temporarily, as they took the first game of a doubleheader against the Oxford Kings 11 – 8.
It was a battling performance, as the Falcons were down 7 – 3 early in the game, but starting pitcher Takashi Hirai settled down and held the Kings scoreless through the remainder of his time on the mound at the end of the 5th inning. Some timely hitting throughout the order, and good baserunning helped the Falcons to chip away at the deficit, as for once they weren’t relying on the long ball power hitting of
Liam Bath came in to pitch the 6th and 7th innings and, after a slow start walking the first batter and hitting the second one he faced, he started throwing strikes. Some continued good fielding allowed him to close out the game, with
So the Falcons gained another win, and aimed to continue into the 2nd game.
The 2nd game was a classic, in baseball terms. Two ace pitchers, mostly dominating the opposing hitters, a solo home run from the Falcons Denison, and a game decided by just 1 run.
In the first inning, a bloop hit into shallow outfield by Kim Saionji followed by a stolen base, put him into scoring position.
This was looking to be enough, as
Then in the 5th inning it all went south for the Falcons again, as the Kings scored 5 runs to take the lead, starting with a bases clearing 3 RBI double by the 1st baseman that sailed over the left fielders head.
Next week the Falcons are back at home, with a double header against Croydon Pirates 2, who were promoted with them from division 1.