The group stage of the 2011 Herts Spring League was completed in dramatic fashion at the weekend with battles for positions in both the Majors and Minors Divisions.
In Majors A Richmond clinched first place after maintaining their unbeaten record with wins over Southampton (5-0) and Herts (1-0). Herts Falcons’ 18-2 win over the RedBacks secured second place for them. The Bracknell Blazers finished in third place despite a catastrophic last inning collapse against the RedBacks. The boys from Essex were trailing 6-0 going into the last inning but came out like mad men with their baseball bats in the bottom of the inning to win 7-6. Bracknell bounced back with a 4-1 win over Southampton.
Richmond’s opponents in the HSL Championship game required a careful mathematical calculation as three teams in Majors B Division ended up with the same number of wins. Ultimately the Southern Nationals clinched on the second tie-break rule which states that the team which has conceded the fewest number of runs in the direct games amongst the tied teams will be placed first.
In the Minors Division the Championship game will be between the Guildford Mavericks and the MK Bucks, after both won all of their group games. This would be a repeat of the 2010 Single-A National Final when the two teams produced an classic pitchers’ duel.
For full list of scores from the group stage and the final group standings you can visit the official HSL website.
This sets up an exciting schedule for the Finals this weekend with games taking place at Richmond and Herts. Ideally, the Final would be played at Herts but by virtue of Richmond being scheduled to host games at their field this weekend it was logistically difficult to stage the Final anywhere else.
|DATE||TIME||VENUE||FINALS||VISITING TEAM||HOME TEAM|
|09-Apr-11||11:00||Herts (Field1)||Finals MAJ 3rd/4th/5th||Herts Falcons||Mildenhall Bulldogs|
|09-Apr-11||12:45||Herts (Field1)||Finals MAJ 3rd/4th/5th||Mildenhall Bulldogs||Lakenheath Diamondbacks|
|09-Apr-11||14:30||Herts (Field1)||Finals MAJ 3rd/4th/5th||Lakenheath Diamondbacks||Herts Falcons|
|09-Apr-11||10:30||Herts (Field2)||Finals MAJ 7th/8th||Essex Arrows||Southampton Mustangs|
|09-Apr-11||13:30||Herts (Field2)||Finals MIN 9th/10th||Herts Raptors||London Marauders|
|09-Apr-11||10:00||Richmond||Finals MIN 3rd/4th||Richmond Knights||Essex Redbacks II|
|09-Apr-11||13:00||Richmond||Finals MAJ 9th/10th||GB Juniors||Essex Redbacks|
|09-Apr-11||16:00||Richmond||Finals MAJ 1st/2nd||Southern Nationals||Richmond Flames|
|10-Apr-11||11:00||Herts (Field2)||Finals MIN 7th/8th||Cambridge Royals||Leicester Blue Sox|
|10-Apr-11||14:00||Herts (Field1)||Finals MIN 5th/6th||Herts Hawks||Sidewinders|
|10-Apr-11||14:00||Herts (Field2)||Finals MIN 1st/2nd||Guildford Mavericks||Milton Keynes Bucks|