Baseball: Injury-hit Falcons add Malone
The Herts Falcons have made another big acquisition with the addition of Zac Malone to their roster.
The 22-year-old, from Tennessee, USA, he started his baseball career 14 years ago. He went on to play varsity baseball for the Fishers Tigers in Indiana, USA. He was voted on the All Conference team in both his junior and senior years.
This is a considerable achievement bearing in mind that he was competing against players in that conference who are now playing in Major League Baseball. Among them are the closer for the Washington Nationals, Drew Storen, the catcher for the Cincinnati Reds, Tucker Barnhart, and Nolan Sanburn who is a member of the Oakland A’s pitching staff.
Malone’s primary position is catcher, but he has also filled other infield positions. He is expected to bring some power to the Herts batting line-up, having been among the home run leaders for the Fishers Tigers. He bats and throws right-handed.
This news comes after a difficult start of the season for the Falcons in which they suffered a series of injuries to key players on top of the loss of some big names at the end of last season so it is fair to say that the Falcons still have some work to do to fill all the positions, but it looks like the team has regained the energy of 2012 and 2013.
Injured players are steadily returning to the line-up, including Tom Armstrong and Abel Salas, who pitched a gem on his return on Sunday. Jose Sosa has been phenomenal offensively and on the mound since his arrival three weeks ago. Ryan Hackel made his debut on Sunday and proved to be a pivotal player in the team’s win against the odds at the table-topping Southampton Mustangs.
The Falcons are just a game back on the playoff places. They can move into the play-off zone as early as this Sunday, June 8, when they host the South London Pirates at Grovehill Ballpark in Hemel Hempstead. First pitch of the doubleheader is at 12pm.