The Herts Spring League got underway last Sunday. There are two more rounds of the League still to be played, with day two being held this coming Sunday and day three being held seven days later.
Judging by day one, expect plenty of action. As always seems to be the case in spring, the batters were ahead of the pitchers with 106 runs being plated over six games.
The bats were really swinging in the Kent Mariners-MK Bucs contest, with the Bucs getting off to a 9-2 lead and then holding off the Mariners’ charge to win by a final score of 15-14. Elsewhere, Herts played two games (one against the Richmond Flames, the other against the Braintree Rays), the Sidewinders took on British Baseball Federation newcomers the Alconbury Braves, the Richmond Dragons played Bracknell Blazers and the Southampton Mustangs faced the Essex Arrows.
The box scores and more can be found in the Spring League section of the Herts Baseball Club website.
Herts also hosted an umpiring clinic by the Amateur Baseball Umpires Association of Great Britain (ABUA) as part of the weekend. It’s always worth remembering that the games can’t be played without umpires, scorers and other support staff. If playing is not your thing, there are still many ways to be actively involved in the game here in Britain.
However, if you are thinking of taking up the sport, there’s an excellent opportunity for newcomers to learn some baseball skills at a hitting clinic run by Herts this Saturday. It’s limited to thirteen year olds and under for the first three hours (12.00-15.00), although it’s open to all for the final hour (15.00 to 16.00).
There will be nine games in total played on the second day of the Herts Spring League this Sunday (5th); three each at Grovehill Ballpark in Herts, Ham Field in Richmond and Northbrooks Rec. Field in Harlow. If you live within travelling distance of any of the grounds, get yourself along to a game or two.