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Redbacks clip Eagles’ wings

Essex Redbacks face the camera at their latest AAA league outing (pic: CJ Evans) Essex Redbacks face the camera at their latest AAA league outing (pic: CJ Evans)

Thursday, May 15, 2014
3:00 PM

Essex Redbacks 11-4 Herts Eagles; Essex Redbacks 13–3 Herts Eagles

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Essex Redbacks secured two vital wins in their quest for silverware as they swept the Herts Eagles to go top of the AAA South British Baseball Federation Division.

Redbacks rushed into early leads in both games, completing victory in the second fixture an innings early due to their 10-run lead.

Ken MacKenzie shone in the outfield with great diving catches, while Sean Briscomb and Sam Rounce impressed on the mound.

CJ Evans and Neil Cockrell hit their first home runs of the season and Alastair McDonald picked up three big hits on the day.

Assistant manager Sam Rounce said: “We were sharp across the board – the batters came good in clutches and defensively we were great.

“Last season we struggled in the field but we’ve worked really hard over the winter and this spring, and the two wins are a good reflection of the effort we’ve put in. The guys really deserve this and our place atop the standings.”

Redbacks host former AAA champions Oxford Kings at Melbourne Park this weekend.

The second team were edged out 12-7 by London Musketeers at Billericay.

Redbacks raced into a 5-0 lead after two innings, but were pegged back by the end of the seventh.

Arun Mandalia was replaced on the mound by Trevor Pudney, but Musketeers cashed in on some uneven bounces to add five more runs late on.

Manager Neil Hall said: “We had another great game against a London side, and although we took the lead early, it was clear both sides were evenly matched.

“They were unlucky to have gone behind by so many early on, but we were unfortunate to have been on the end of some peculiar bounces when the balls were hit to our fielders late in the game.

“We have played well enough to pick up wins in each of our first two games and I hope the guys take confidence in their performance.”

Redbacks visit Essex Archers in Waltham Abbey this weekend.

n The under-13s bounced back from a 20-5 loss to London Mets to draw a second meeting 7-7.

Redbacks joined forces with Essex Atoms for their second set of Little League fixtures and raced into a 5-0 lead in the first match.

But the defending champions rallied in style to claim a convincing win.

The second match was hit by rain but Redbacks moved 7-5 up after three innings, before Mets levelled and the game ended prematurely in a tie.

Manager Sean Briscomb said: “The guys did brilliantly to stick with it as the Mets are a great team and the conditions weren’t the best we’ve ever had for baseball.

“Their comeback to almost win the second game was excellent and I’m proud of all of them. I would like to thank the parents and families for their support, as their cheering spurred the team on.”

Junior training is at Forest Glade on Wednesday (6pm), while seniors train alongside from 6.30-8.30pm and at Melbourne Park on Thursday (6pm).

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