On the back of a four game winning streak, the Herts Falcons hosted league-leading Cambridge Monarchs on an unusually pleasant day in Hemel. Starting pitcher Paul Raybould (5-2) immediately gave up 2 runs in the 1st but the Falcons responded with 2 in their half thanks to a 2-RBI double by clean-up hitter Stuart Boast.


The game remained tight through the early innings with Boast adding another double and a 2-run RBI homer over the left field fence. The Falcons finally started to dominate and entered the top of the 7th with a 12-7 lead. At this point, reliever Larry Martillo took the mound.


The Falcons had a 16-11 lead going into the 9th and some clutch hitting by the Monarchs and a couple of fielding mis-cues allowed them to tie the game.


Martillo lead off the bottom of the 9th and got hit by the pitch. He went to 2nd base on a passed ball and then onto 3rd on a ground out by Rob Jones. With a runner on 3rd and one out, the Cambridge infield came in and their outfielders played shallow. Up stepped Rod Naghar and he quickly worked a 2-2 count. On the next pitch, Naghar drilled a line-drive between the Cambridge pitcher and 2nd baseman enabling Martillo to score the winning run easily. Crossing the plate also gave Martillo his second win of the season (2-1).

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