Video highlights created by Raptors Manager, JAKE KIKEL

Herts Raptors at Essex Arrows
Score By Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Herts Raptors 3 0 3 5 1 0 1 2 4 19
Essex Arrows 2 2 0 1 0 1 3 0 10 3 20


Going into the bottom of the 8th inning Herts Raptors could smell their first win of the season.  An 8-run lead was exactly what the Raptors wanted at such a late stage of the game against local rivals Essex Arrows.


But then the Raptors suffered a collapse which could even rival the Herts Hawks collapse against Southampton in 2006.  They conceded 10 runs in the bottom of the 8th and were now trailing 17-15.


In the top of the 9th manager Jake Kikel managed to rally his troops again putting 4 runs on the board and once again taking a lead, 19-17.  The pressure was on.  Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for Hertfordshire newest league team – they lost 19-20. 


Despite the demoralising loss, the team can take a lot of positives from this game.  The Raptors’ bats are really coming along.  The pitching and defence showed improvement from the previous game with some outstanding plays from Hunter Devine, Andrew Slater and catcher Andy Ringrose.  Rod Ariss and Jim Hyde will certainly be a tremendous boost for the club.  They marked their debuts with a triple and a homer, respectively.


The team will need to pick themselves up quickly and start again next Sunday on the Road at the Braintree Rays.  The Raptors are hoping to have several key players return for that game, including Mark Hoffman, Rob Jones, Jonathon Lewys, Pete Cox, Paul Hawes and also Rob Crouch who is gradually getting back to 100% fitness after a freakish Spring Training injury.

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