Home run Harsha gets Falcons win Desai-ded

Chichester Falcons enjoyed a good win against Redbridge Raiders in Southampton.

Sunday, 5th June 2016, 4:00 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 12:38 am
James Mortimore in action for Falcons

A slow start at bat saw shortstop Ben Sawkins hit the first of his four doubles but the Falcons only managed to squeeze two runs in the first.

Taking the field however, they ensured the Raiders’ first three batters were quickly retired thanks to a sharp double play instrumented by James Mortimore, pitching his first game for the Falcons.

The second innings saw the Falcons soar ahead with a whopping nine runs thanks to a series of base hits from catcher Louise Rowe and first baseman David Morris.

But the biggest cheer came for Harsha Desai who slung a flyball deep to right field before haring around the diamond to score her first home run, bringing three runs to put the Falcons 11-0 ahead.

The Raiders responded sharply with two runs of their own but Sam McGann ended that with a catch in centre right.

By now the Falcons were flying high, putting a further 11 runs up in the third with outfielders Bronte Harvey and Stefan Panayotopoulos again pounding the Raiders infield.

The Raiders’ frustrations continued at bat with Vicki Cathie and Lucy Morris securing outs at second and third base, leaving the Falcons to put a further four runs up in the fourth innings to end the game early at 26-2.

On Sunday (June 5) at 11am, the Falcons hope to continue their run of good form when they play their first home game of the season at Oaklands Park against Portsmouth Zombies. Support welcome.

Anyone who wants to try softball or join the Falcons should email [email protected] or visit www.chichesterfalcons.com

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