Month: July 2019

Thank You Manti!!

It is with great sadness that I have to confirm that Sunday’s game against the Merlins was the last game for Mantas Sulinskas in Jets colours.

Mantas is moving away to take up a job opportunity on the Isle of Wight, and while of course we all wish him the very best for the future, he will be a massive missed and a huge loss for the Jets.

Mantas was one of the original founding Jets members and was the Club’s number one starting pitcher for much of the Jets debut season.

While Manti sometimes lacked control and could be wild on the mound, he possessed a blazing fastball that coming from someone of his small size took many opposing teams by surprise and many opposing batters grew to fear.

Mantas will always go down in Jets history for earning the Club it’s first ever win, a 33-20 victory at Newton Brewers in September 2018.

Mantas switched to the outfield this season, playing left field, where his energy and athleticism produced many outstanding catches, while at the plate, he became a more disciplined and patient hitter while still being one of the most aggressive base runners at the club.

Good luck for the future Manti, you will be welcome back into the team if ever you decide to return to Weston!

Merlins Destroy Jets Championship Hopes!!

Weston Jets 15 Cardiff Merlins 21

Martyn House at bat


Cardiff Merlins defeated Weston Jets by 6 runs on Sunday to effectively end Weston’s season. 


The in-form Welshmen fresh from their first ever win last week, made it two wins in a row with a narrow but deserved victory over the Jets at Robson Field. 


It was a case of third time lucky for the Merlins. The Jets had previously won both the regular season games against Cardiff but unfortunately slipped up in this crucial post-season game and now find themselves with almost no possibility of advancing to the Single A Championship game.

Chris Taylor gets another hit…
… and rounds the bases!


The game started very evenly matched with both teams unable to dominate the early innings. The Jets committed a couple of early errors but were able to stay in contention, scoring 5 runs in the 4th inning. 

Marshall Hanney, pitching another solid game for the Jets then knocked out the next 3 Welsh batters in quick succession but unfortunately, with the game in the balance, Weston’s hitters failed to capitalise, failing to score another run for the next 4 innings.Cardiff took their chance and opened a sizeable lead for the first time in the game.

Marshall bringing the heat!


Like they have done, so many times this season, the Jets showed their fighting spirit and scored an incredible 10 runs in the final innings with 2 men already out. A comeback wasn’t to be this time though, as the Merlins held their nerve to get the final out and win a very close fought entertaining game.


“The team didn’t really do a great deal wrong today”, Jets Chairman Kev Robson said afterwards, “We made a few errors, especially early on, but on the whole our defence was very good. It was probably our hitting, or rather our lack of hitting at a crucial period that proved costly today, but we dug in and fought to the very end again and I’ll definitely take away far more positives than negatives from this game. Chris Taylor was our most valuable player today getting 4 great hits, scoring 3 runs and driving in 3 more”.

Kev Robson on defence
Nick Hodder taking a great catch in the outfield!


The Jets now have a week off before their next game away to the Bristol Buccaneers.

Weston and Cardiff team photo!

History in the Making!!

Women’s Baseball – UK

The 20th July 2019 was an historic day for baseball in the UK, when 22 female players from 12 different clubs from every corner of the UK took part in the first ever Women’s Baseball Championship Game, and the Weston Jets were proud to play a small part of this historic occasion, hosting the game at our home ground, Robson Field in Weston-super-Mare.

The event was the brainchild of Doris Hocking, the founder of WB-UK (Women’s Baseball UK) and thanks to her vision and tireless hard work, history was made in Somerset, when the Mayor of Weston-super-Mare, Mark Canniford threw the ceremonial pitch to Neale Raleigh, South West Baseball’s Development Officer to get the historic event under way.

Doris Hocking and Mayor Mark Canniford with the Championship Pennant

The Championship witnessed some tremendous action spread across two games. Kelly Wright, Laura Bailes, Holly Barker, Tsz Yan Chan and Jessie-Mae Ryan were just a few of the players who shined throughout the day. There was loads of exciting play to witness, many stolen bases, a wonderful home run by Kate Winfield and even a broken bat by Adela Koubova!

Team Red defeated Team Yellow 14-8 to win Game 1, while Team Yellow triumphed in a tight Game 2, winning 19-6, to tie the Championship. The prize pennant was awarded to both teams and will be donated to the planned Women’s Baseball Hall of Fame, in Rockford, Illinois, USA (Home of the Rockford Peaches of the 1940’s and 50’s, stars of the hit Hollywood film, “A League of Their Own”, which starred Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna).

Individual Awards for the day were chosen by Weston Jet’s Daniel Kirby-James:

Best Hit: Kate Winfield (University of Nottingham Softball & Baseball Club).

Best Catch: Amanda Taylor (London Mets Baseball & Softball Club).

Best Pitcher: Oona Yilen (Guildford Baseball & Softball Club).

MVP: Rebecca Lim (Durham University Baseball & Newcastle Knighthawks Baseball Club).

Congratulations to everyone involved in an amazing and historic day…roll on next year!!

SOUTH WEST WOMEN’S BASEBALL CLASH!!!

This Saturday the Weston Jets will be proud to host the first ever South West Women’s Baseball Clash at our home ground, Robson Field, (Hutton Moor, Weston-Super-Mare,BS22 8LY).

The event, organised by Doris Hocking of the WB-UK, Women’s Baseball Uk in partnership with Neale Raleigh and the South West Baseball League and our own Weston Jets Baseball Club, will see two teams made up of female players from across the UK play two 90 minute games with various awards on offer for the winners and for individual players.

Gates open at 10am, with the first pitch scheduled to be thrown at 12am.

It would be absolutely fantastic to get as many people down to support this fantastic event as possible so please come along and witness some amazing baseball from some fantastic players, or even better, if you would like to have a try at a wonderful new sport then come and have a go!!!

Edinburgh Tournament

SOUTH WEST REBELDES and the USA AAU COLLEGIATE TEAM

Last weekend saw two days of epic baseball take place at the Warriston Playing Fields in Edinburgh, in Scotland’s biggest ever baseball tournament, the Bobby Thompson Invitational Tournament.

Taking part were four teams of competitors… the British Baseball League All Stars, the AAU USA International Collegiate team, the Scotland National Team and the South West Rebeldes from the South West of England. The Rebeldes featured two of our very own Weston Jets… Tom and Gian Jimenez!!

It was a fantastic weekend of top level baseball. Congratulations to the AAU USA International Collegiate team for their victory in the final to become the first ever Bobby Thomson Invitational Champions. Also congratulations to the worthy runners up, the British Baseball League All-stars. Our own representatives, the South West Rebeldes added some great latino flair to the tournament.

Our own Jet, Gian Jimenez was selected as the Rebeldes joint star player alongside Miguel Jimenez of the Yeovil whirlwinds. Gian went 3 for 4 against the USA’s ace winning pitcher getting two singles and a double! Well done Gian!!

OUR OWN GIAN JIMENEZ!!
FOUR OF THE PLAYERS OF THE TOURNAMENT!

Jets Crash in Single A Debut!

Richard “Jimi” Hemming had a fine first game as Catcher

The Jets were dealt a major blow in their pursuit of the South west Baseball League Single A Championship on Sunday, when they were shot down 31-15 in their first game by the Newton Abbot Brewers.


The Jets got off to a steady start in Devon,knocking the Brewers starting pitcher out of the game early on with a succession of early hits, but unfortunately they failed to get runs on the board and after two innings the home team led by 4 runs to 1.


Weston then exploded into life, scoring 14 runs in the next 3 innings. Shortstop Dan Kirby-James, Centre Fielder Jes Jimenez and Second Baseman Garry Webb scoring 3 runs apiece while Pitcher Marshall Hanney and First Baseman Kev Robson both scored 2 more each.


At this stage, the Jets looked likely to pull away and win the game but the Brewers made another change of Pitcher bringing in their captain Charlie Capener and that proved to be the turning point in the game.
Over the next 4 and 1/3 innings, Capener struck out 7 Weston batters, allowing just 5 hits while giving up no walks and conceding no further Jet runs.

Kev Robson reaches base safely


” Their pitching change swung the game in their favour”, conceded Weston’s Chairman Kev Robson. “Capener, came in and pitched a great second half. We battled as usual but the game just slipped away from us”.
Robson further added; “I actually thought we let down a great pitching performance from our own Pitcher (Marshall Hanney). Far too many times he put us in a great place and we didn’t capatalise. We made more mistakes in the field today than we have done all season. That is something we need to put right quickly if we are to have any chance of reaching the Championship Game”.


The Brewers scored 11 runs in the 8th inning to make the scoreline more flattering than it really was. “We made the decision to give some of our substitutes some game experience with the result already assured which we hope will prove beneficial in the games left to play”.

MVP: Marshall Hanney

A Much improved 3rd Baseman Nick Hodder, was unlucky not to get a few hits

Next up for the Jets is another meeting with the Cardiff Merlins at Robson Field, with the Welsh team still searching for their first win after their opening Single A defeat to the Exeter Spitfires.

Jets and Brewers post game team photo!

MLB London!!

The MLB came to London last weekend to play the first ever regular season games in Europe.

The weather was glorious, The London Stadium (the home of West Ham United and former site of the 2012 Olympics) was transformed into a fitting venue for baseball and the record number of fans who attended (both games were sell-outs and the best attended MLB games this season!). MLB sent over the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox (their two biggest teams) and the lucky fans (including 6 of our own Jets!) were treated to two absolutely amazing games!

The Yankees emerged victorious winning both games in an absolute slugfest… 3 of the 4 starting pitchers were knocked out in the first innings as the two bitter rivals combined for 50 runs and 65 hits combined over the weekend! Those boxscores wouldnt look out of place in a Jets game in the SWBL!!!!!

The winner, as the old saying goes though, was baseball. Hopefully a lot of new converts were won over and interest and participation in our great sport will grow as a result. The only shame is we have to wait until next summer for the next games when the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs cross the pond!

Nick Hodder and Dan Kirby-James outside the London Stadium
Paul Reardon and David Coe at Game 2

Harley Rogers repping the Jets (Shame on you Ade Rogers!!)

Single A Baseball

The First half of the Season is now officially in the books and the Jets are ready to move on to part 2. The Jets finished the SWBL North Division in third place with a very creditable record of 3 wins and 3 losses. The Jets were competitive in every game this season so far and have made huge improvements from last year. In fact with 3 wins under our belts so far, we have already surpassed our entire win total for 2018!

However our .500 record meant we fell just short of qualifying for the elite division and instead will play the second half of the season in the Single A League. Joining us will be last years SWBL Champions Exeter Spitfires along with Newton Brewers, and a couple of familiar faces from the North Division, Cardiff Merlins and Bristol Buccaneers.

The Fixtures and game dates for the Single A League are as follows:

7th July – Newton Abbot Brewers (Away)

14th July – No Game.

21st July – Cardiff Merlins (Home)

28th July – No Game

4th August – Bristol Buccaneers (Away)

11th August – Exeter Spitfires (Home)

We’re looking forward to playing Exeter and Newton Abbot for the first time this season and also renewing our rivalry with the Buccs and the Merlins as we try to win the Single A Championship!