Azcuy homers his way into history

Maikel Azcuy is the new NBL all-time home run leader. Picture: Paul Holdrick

Maikel Azcuy is the new NBL all-time home run leader. Picture: Paul Holdrick - Credit: Archant

Maikel Azcuy uncorked a power shot over centre field to take his place in British Baseball history.

The Herts Falcons hitter notched career home run number 36 on Sunday to surpass Simon Poole at the top of the all-time National Baseball League standings.

His blast came in the first game of the weekend’s double-header with the current NBL leaders, the London Mets. Trailing 4-0 in the sixth, Azcuy cleared the back wall for a two-run blast that brought Herts back into the game.

Pitcher Josa Sosa did his job by shutting down the Mets offence at the top of the ninth but the Falcons could get the runs needed to bring down the NBL’s best defence.

The second game seemed like a repeat of game one. The Mets took an early 4-0 lead before a home run, a solo shot by Edwin Alcantara, his third of the season, brought them back into the game. Unlike the first game, the Mets didn’t allow any late inning drama and moved up a gear to score seven runs and seal an emphatic 11-1 victory.

After a promising start of the season winning five of their first six games, the Herts Falcons have now suffered four defeats in a row, but manager Lee Manning remains positive about his team’s chances.

“The four defeats have been difficult for our team to take, but there is a lot of baseball still to be played and we are in a strong position. We have a team of experienced players who have been through tougher situations in their careers and they enjoy playing when the pressure is on,” he said.

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In the Triple-A League, the Herts Eagles missed an opportunity to get back in the play-off chase after they suffered two defeats against bottom team Essex Redbacks.

The only team from Hertfordshire to win this weekend were the Herts Hawks in the Single-A League. Their win against the Essex Archers extends their unbeaten run to six.