Louis Hare wearing the Herts Falcons jersey in game 5 of the 2012 NBL Postseason against the London Mets (photo by Will Baxter)
Herts pitcher and infielder, Louis Hare, has just received clearance from doctors to start running again.
This evening his facebook status said “Just been on my first run in over a year. Next goal – get back to Herts Baseball”. This news will be a boost for Herts fans. 2014 was a difficult year for Herts as all four of its adult league teams finished the season with a win-loss ratio of below .500, bringing back memories of 2011 which was the club’s most painful year. The club will be looking to mount a big comeback when the 2015 baseball season commences and the return to fitness of key players like Louis Hare is exactly what the club will need.
Hare suffered a double blow in 2013. First he fractured his elbow and then underwent a knee ligament operation – both injuries were football related.
Before the injuries his 2013 batting average was .312 and his slugging average .438. His return will also help in the pitching department having had some outstanding starts for the Herts Falcons (NBL), Herts Eagles (Triple-A) and Hawks (Double-A) in the past.
These types of injuries usually require a great amount of hard work to recover full mobility and put strength back into muscles which have not done much work for more than 12 months. The next few months will not be fun for Hare, but it will pay off in the Spring.