Report from Herts Baseball Newswire Correspondent, DAVE HAMILTON
The Herts Eagles were powerless to stop the Essex Arrows domination of the AAA league on Sunday, suffering two comprehensive defeats at the Waltham Abbey diamond.
Despite having run the Arrows close in their first encounter of the season at Grovehill, the visiting Eagles rarely looked like becoming the first team all season to beat the Essex side, whose record now stands at an amazing 23 wins (and no losses).
The high pointfor the Eagles was undoubtedly the performance of Ilya Dimitrov who normally plays for the Herts fourth team but was a late call up for the game. He made several good plays in the outfield, including helping to throw out a runner at home plate, and also scored the Eagles only run of game 1 on a triple by Rod Ariss.
Some alert baserunning by manager Dave Westfallen gave the Eagles a brief lead in the second inning of game 2 but the Arrows' power hitters soon restored the home sides dominance and, with just nine players available this week, the Herts team had no reply.
The final scores were 11-1 and 15-4 but despite the heavy defeats, Westfallen praised the efforts of his team againstvery strong opposition.
The Eagles' final two games of the season are the rearranged fixture away to the Oxford Kings on August 23rd.