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Great Britain: D-Backs Rips Blazers

Great Britain: D-Backs Rips Blazers

GREAT BRITAIN – The final weekend of the British National Baseball League (NBL) regular season this past Sunday saw a host of teams jostling for pool positions and final playoff spots.

LAKENHEATH DIAMONDBACKS AT BRACKNELL BLAZERS
The Diamondbacks ensured a finish at the top of Pool B with a brace of wins at Bracknell, leaving the Blazers to sweat over their own playoff ambitions.

The opening game was a tight affair, with Ryan Riniker’s home run proving decisive as Lakenheath emerged 4-1 winners.

The second contest was much easier for the visitors, with the Diamondbacks going on a tear in a 16-7 win, with Ken Reber taking the honours on the mound.

ESSEX ARROWS AT CROYDON PIRATES
The Arrows and Pirates played a doubleheader to make up postponed games, and both sides claimed a win.

Essex were the victors in Game 1, with Matt Gilbert out-pitching Jose Sosa as the Arrows won 11-7 .

But Croydon bounced back in Game 2. Sosa clubbed a home run as the Pirates gave themselves the sniff of an unlikely playoff spot with a 9-7 win.

Tim Ssali was the winning pitcher, while Richard Chesterton was saddled with the loss.

SOUTHERN NATIONALS AT HERTS FALCONS
The Nationals prepared for the playoffs with a sweep of the ailing Falcons.

Jason Roberts pitched a shutout and Edwin Alcantara smashed his sixth home run of the season as the Nationals rolled to a 7-0 triumph in the opening game.

Things were even easier in Game 2. Jamie Ratcliff dominated on the mound as the Nationals crushed Herts to the tune of 16-1.

There was also added good news for Edwin Alcantara, who claimed the prestigious NBL triple crown, having led the league in home runs, batting average and RBIs – the first time this has been done since 2005.

NATIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE – POOL A
1. Richmond Flames (19-5)
2. Southampton Mustangs (17-7)
3. Bracknell Blazers (9-15)
4. Croydon Pirates (8-15)
5. Essex Arrows (7-16)

NATIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE – POOL B
1. Lakenheath Diamondbacks (19-5)
2. London Mets (16-6)
3. Southern Nationals (14-10)
4. Mildenhall Bulldogs (4-14)
5. Herts Falcons (2-20)

Simon Fitzjohn is a writer at the British Baseball Federation website

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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