Essex Arrows defend HSL Major trophy

Herts Falcons line up. Picture: Richard Lee Photography

Herts Falcons line up. Picture: Richard Lee Photography - Credit: Archant

Essex Arrows won their second HSL Majors title in a row, despite their final game being rained off.

Herts Falcons’ hopes of overtaking by winning their clash was ended by the rain.

The London Mammoths took full advantage of this on Saturday, beating the Herts Eagles 9-4, which moved them into second place tied with the Falcons. With fewer runs per inning conceded by the Mammoths - 0.57 to 1.22 - they overtook the Falcons, pushing them into third place.

Before the final weekend of the HSL, Herts Hawks had a commanding lead at the top of the HSL Double-A standings with three wins and no losses. Only the Haverhill Blackjacks had a mathematical chance of overtaking them. The Herts Raptors were Haverhill’s opponents and they gave their club mates a helping hand with a 8-4 win which confirmed the Hawks as this year’s HSL Double-A Champions.

The HSL Single-A race went right down to the final game of the competition, with Guildford Mavericks claiming top spot over Tonbridge after the Kent side conceded seven runs against Herts Raptors to push their runs-per-inning average up.

With spring training completed, British baseball teams up and down the country will hope that this will be their year. The 2015 League opening day is this Sunday, with five games at Grovehill Ballpark.

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