There was plenty of drama on Saturday in the Herts Baseball Little League as all four games were decided by one-run. The Herts Blue Jays were the big winners in Saturday’s Little League action.
The Blue Jays started the day bottom of the table and so were given the first pick in drafting Nickolas Martinez who joins the League from the London Youth Baseball League. The Blue Jays have been ending up on the losing side of one-run games all season long and maybe the addition of Nickolas Martinez is the edge they needed to turn 1-run losses into 1-run wins. And so it proved to be the case this week.
They clinched two wins which moved them off the bottom of the standings. The first came against the Red Sox who managed to pick up a precious 2-1 lead going into the final inning, but the Blue Jays loaded the basis quickly in the bottom of the inning and executed perfectly to win it 3-2. The winning pitcher was Zack Longboy.
In their second game of the day, it was the Blue Jays against the Herts Yankees who had won their sixth consecutive game earlier in the day, beating the Cubs 3-2.
It proved to be a titanic battle ending with the Herts Blue Jays gunning down the Yankees’ tying run at the home plate for the final out of the game in 2-1 game. Centerfielder, Storm Frisby, hit her cut-off Nickolas Martinez who completed the relay to home where catcher, Kieran Manning, applied the tag on the incoming Yankee runner, Bai Frisby. One of the two runs scored by the Blue Jays was Lewis Paterson’s second home run of the season which went over the Green Monster in left centerfield.
In the other game the Red Sox came out on top against the Cubs 7-6. Adam Smith was the winning pitcher
The Herts Little Leaguers will take a week off next Saturday, 11 July, with the league games resuming the following Saturday, 18 July.
Players of the Week: Lewis Paterson (Herts Blue Jays), Eddie Smith (Herts Red Sox), Charlie Mayhew (Herts Yankees), Mitchell Procter (Herts Cubs).