Chichester Falcons fly to a good start to 2024 season

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The Falcons began their 2024 league season with a 24-7 win over Solent Seals..

Drizzling rain arrived just as the game got under way but Chichester started well, shutting out the Seals in the first thanks to a deft infield catch by Liz Boardman before Dave Piesse fired a leadoff home run into centre right

Lucy Morris and Molly Rayner pounded more hits past the Seals' infield to put the Falcons five runs ahead going into the second inning.

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A further eleven runs were added in the second, including a fierce thump to centre field by Hettie McNeil whilst shortstop James Blackall showed some pace to get round before snagging a smart catch shortly after to keep the score at 16-2.

Molly Rayner of Chichester Falcons in action | Submited pictureMolly Rayner of Chichester Falcons in action | Submited picture
Molly Rayner of Chichester Falcons in action | Submited picture

Pitcher Jason Mercer was kept busy, called upon to deal with several comebackers which he fizzed to Amy Morris on first base to keep the bases clear. James Mortimore stepped up to club another two runs onto the board as the Falcons invoked the mercy rule, effectively ending the game 25-7 in the fifth inning.

The game saw a few debutants on the roster - Mike Schredl, Charlie Thacker and Russ Percy all made their first start for Chichester and contributed positively.

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