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Jul '09 21

Recaps: Richmond Flames move into 2nd Place in NBL

by BaseballSoftballUK, www.baseballsoftballuk.com

London Sweeps Bracknell, Continues To Dominate NBL
The London Mets show no signs of slowing up at the top of the National Baseball League standings after earning another doubleheader sweep on Sunday, July 19, brushing off the Bracknell Blazers. The Mets emerged triumphant by scores of 13-1 and 10-8, stretching their record to an impressive 14-4 as the season heats up.

Reed Wilson and Jonathan Cramman claimed the wins, with Callum Woods smacking a home run to lead off Game One. But they had to rely on a piece of defensive brilliance to claim Game Two, Giovanni Escalon making a leaping catch at the wall with two outs in the seventh to rob Ryan Trask of a game-winning three-run shot.

The Mets’ Alex Pike said: “We put lots of pressure on them today and it told. In Game One we were very aggressive in our baserunning and they couldn’t handle it. In Game Two we did what we had to do. A win is a win as far as we are concerned, but Giovanni made a magical play.”

Bracknell coach Rob Rance admitted his side had been caught out. He said: “They played some good ball today. They caught us on a day when we were missing a few players and we did not do the simple things right.

Richmond Bests Herts, Moves Into Second Place
Richmond came out on top in a battle of the chasing pack when they swept Herts Falcons 4-3 and 21-1.

The Flames came out on top in a real pitcher’s duel in Game One, stealing the game in the bottom of the final inning. Ryan Bird pitched the win and belted a two-run home run, Darrin Ward taking the loss.

But things could not have been more different in Game Two, with the Flames blasting 13 runs in the first inning alone en route to a lopsided win. Cody Cain, Matt Spaulding, Ryan Bird and Haydn Chinn smashed home runs, with Jason Greenberg providing the solitary response with Herts’ first homer of the season.

Richmond’s Grant Delzoppo said: “Things went really well for us. It was a good battle between two teams chasing the London Mets and it was a good pair of wins. This will give us a lot of confidence to take forward.”

Herts Manager Jason Greenberg was understandably disappointed with the losses, but remained resolute about his team’s accomplishments thus far. “Baseball is about momentum, and when the Flames took the walk-off win in Game One they also took the wind out of our sails. It’s already forgotten. We’re ecstatic with our season thus far and we’ll fight hard to win our four remaining games.”

Time Home Visitor Result
Sunday, July 19 2009
United Kingdom 12:00 Richmond Flames Herts Falcons 04:03
United Kingdom 12:00 Bracknell Blazers London Mets 01:13
United Kingdom 14:30 Richmond Flames Herts Falcons 21:01
United Kingdom 14:30 Bracknell Blazers London Mets 08:10


# Team W L R+ R- .pct GB Streak
1 Richmond Flames 17 7 209 95 .708 0 W8
2 London Mets 17 7 191 109 .708 0 L3
3 Bracknell Blazers 14 10 176 119 .583 3 W5
4 Herts Falcons 12 12 146 188 .500 5 L6
5 Croydon Pirates 0 24 70 281 .000 17 L24

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