Game 1: Nationals 18, Herts 12
Game 2: Nationals 8, Herts 3
The Nationals boosted their season record to 9-5 with a sweep of of the Herts Falcons in two entertaining encounters, rolling to 18-12 and 8-3 victories. Fernando Torres and Jason Roberts picked up the wins on the mound.
Edwin Alcantara had the biggest hits, blasting his third and fourth home runs of the season in Game 1.
Nationals Coach Jason Greenberg said: “It was all a bit topsy-turvy in Game 1. We used the double-header as an opportunity to give some players game time and it was a good exercise. We used 16 players on the day, including three pitchers in the first game alone. We hit the ball well, but walked too many batters and gave away too many unearned runs."
“We felt very confident going into the games," Greenberg added, "and although we were pretty much in the driver's seat the whole time, we would have liked to allow far fewer runs.”
Herts could only field nine players, leaving Aspi Dimitrov to moan: “We just had to soldier on.
“We had players injured and another played with an injury. The Nationals were deserving winners and we were happy just to run them pretty close.”
Game 1: Croydon 14, Richmond 12
Game 2: Richmond 14, Croydon 6
The Pirates sprang a bit of a surprise by splitting with the Flames, edging a nine-inning slugfest in Game 1 by 14-12 before Richmond bounced back with a 14-6 Game 2 victory.
Alex von Rosenbach struck the crucial blow in Game 1, pushing Croydon ahead in extra innings with a vital hit, earning pitcher Tim Ssali the win.
Jose Sosa also launched a home run in Game 1, but Michael Osborn ensured the Flames got a win of their own when he pitched Richmond to their Game 2 triumph.
Pirates Coach Dave Ward said: “I think Richmond were a little bit shocked by how we played in Game 1. But that game took a lot out of us and we couldn't repeat that effort second time around.
“It was a great all-round team effort," Ward continued, "and everybody played for each other. To get a win here was really good for us and we look forward to next week.”
Game 1: Southampton 8, London 3
Game 2: London 5, Southampton 3
The Mustangs kept things ticking over nicely as they earned a split at the misfiring Mets.
Southampton cruised to an 8-3 win in Game 1, making a winner out of starter Gary Davison.
But London struck back to sneak a very tight Game 2, seeing off Alberto Rodriguez en route to a 5-3 decision.
Mustangs Coach Ben Davis said: “I am pretty happy with that. London have had a lot of changes but they are still a very good team. We have not beaten them on their turf for some time, so that tells you how much we are progressing.”
Game 1: Lakenheath 5, Mildenhall 4
Game 2: Lakenheath 3, Mildenhall 2
The day’s other sweep took place at Lakenheath, as the Diamondbacks saw off the Bulldogs and earned US military bragging rights.
But both games were desperately close, with the hosts edging 5-4 and 3-2 wins.
Peter Soares and Ken Reber were dominant on the mound for the Diamondbacks, with Jose Perez smashing a two-run homer that was the difference in Game 2.
Diamondbacks Coach Adrian Ryals admitted: “It was a very intense two games. We were trailing in Game 1 but managed to put together a big inning in the fifth and that was enough.
“Game 2 was also very close," Ryals continued, "and it was 0-0 going into the fifth inning. But we finally started hitting and Ken [Reber] is a massive asset for us. These games are real derbies and they always seem to be close, so it was great to get the two wins.”