The AA League leaders met at Grovehill Ballpark for what was promising to be a very closely-fought battle. But a powerful Sidewinders line-up stunned the Hawks with 23 runs and 23 hits, combined with controlled pitching and smooth defence (2 errors). They started the game with 4 runs in the top of the first inning. Despite keeping within touching distance in the first three innings, it was an uphill battle for the Hawks after that.
In the bottom of the fourth the Hawks received another blow as
The 10 errors committed by Hawks fielders made a difficult task impossible against a team that will certainly be one of the main promotion contenders.
There were bright spots for the Hawks. 14 years-old rookie phenom Luis Goncalves once again produced some amazing plays at short stop including a gem from deep in the hole on the 3rd base side. Louis Hare had another good performance (4-5, 2B, RBI, 2R), as well as a fine work on the mound 2/3 of an inning in the ninth.
The Hawks will now have to regroup as they prepare for battle against the Bornemouth Sharks who will travel to Grovehill Ballpark this coming Sunday.
Among the Sidewinders was former Falcons manager, Bruce Dullea. It was good to see Dullea alive and well out on the baseball field after his mysterious disappearance a few weeks ago. He came on late in the game playing at first base and making good contact with the bat. A rare diving attempt to catch a line drive by 6’7” Dullea brought cheers from both benches.
|Sidewinders at Herts Hawks|
|Score By Innings||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Sidewinders 23, Herts Hawks 8|
|Player 1 p||4||5||2||0||Tim Elkins lf||5||0||1||1|
|Player 2 c||6||3||1||2||Nick Russell cf||4||1||1||0|
|Player 3 1b||7||2||4||4||Louis Hare 1b-2b-p||5||2||4||1|
|Player 4 2b||6||3||4||4||Stuart Boast 2b-p||5||0||0||0|
|Player 5 3b||6||2||3||1||Humberto Goncalves rf||5||0||2||2|
|Player 6 ss||6||2||3||2||John Oliver p-1b||5||0||1||0|
|Player 7 lf||6||2||2||1||Carlos Casal 3b||5||2||2||0|
|Player 8 cf||6||1||1||2||Paul Auchterlounie c||2||0||2||0|
|Player 9 rf||6||3||3||1||(b4) Peter Kikel pr-c||1||2||1||0|
|Luis Goncalves ss||2||1||0||1|
|TEAM TOTALS||53||23||23||17||TEAM TOTALS||39||8||14||5|
|E: Player 2, Player 4, John Oliver(3), Luis Goncalves(2), Peter Kikel(2), Stuart
Boast, Nick Russell, Carlos Casal. DP: Herts Hawks 1. LOB: Herts Hawks 8, Sidewinders
10. 2B: Player 4, Player 3, Player 6, Peter Kikel, Louis Hare. 3B: Player 9. SB:
Player 1, Player 4, Louis Hare(3), Peter Kikel(2), Carlos Casal(2), Nick Russell,
Humberto Goncalves, Tim Elkins, Luis Goncalves. CS: Player 2, Peter Kikel. SF: Luis
|Player 1 W||9.00||14||8||4||2||6|
|John Oliver L||6.00||16||14||9||4||1|
|HBP: by Player 1 (Luis Goncalves). . . . . , by Stuart Boast (Player 1). WP: John
Oliver(4). PB: Player 2(2), Peter Kikel. T: 3:00. A: 45.