The Herts Hawks maintained their 100% league record with two more wins on Sunday. The score lines may not tell the whole story as both of their opponents made them work hard for it.
NORTHANS CENTURIONS 15 HERTS HAWKS 29
First up were the Northants Centurions who shocked Herts scoring 12 runs in the first two innings and taking a 2-run lead. That was the wake-up call that the Hawks needed as they went on to win 29-15 allowing only 3 more runs for the remainder of the game. Starting pitcher Andrew Slater picked up the win, his third of the season. The team accumulated 20 hits in the game, two of which were home runs by Louis Hare.
MK COYOTES 4 HERTS HAWKS 17
The second game was against the Milton Keynes Coyotes who had former Herts player, Nick Russell, starting on the mound. His Hawks counterpart was Greg Bochan who had another impressive performance pitching a complete game and allowing only 4 runs. Despite a determined effort by the Coyotes, the Herts offense was working well driving in 17 runs. Louis Hare was at it again as he hit his third home run of the day. The last time a Herts player had a 3-home-run-day was in 2005 when Jim Denison hit back-to-back-to-back home runs away at the almighty Cambridge Monarchs who in those years were a formidable US Air Force team based at RAF Feltwell.
Gilberto Medina (pictured above) also hit a home run, his second in the last three games, to boost his slugging percentage to 1.212 for the season, just ahead of Louis Hare’s 1.097.
The Hawks have their last two regular season games this coming Sunday at home against the Birmingham Outlaws. If they maintain their 100% record they would be seeded either first or second in the playoffs which would give them home field advantage. The only other team which remains unbeaten this season is Tonbridge Wildcats. If both teams end the regular season unbeaten and if they were to meet in the postseason playoffs home field advantage is likely to be determined on which team has conceded the fewest number of runs per game. After the weekend’s games Herts Hawks have conceded an average of 7.31 runs per game while Tonbridge Wildcats have conceded 7.64. Tonbridge also play their final regular season game this Sunday.