Month: August 2019

Spitfires Shoot Down Jets in Final Game!

Marshall Hanney and Nick Hodder

The Weston Jets 2019 season came to a close on Sunday with a 22 – 7 loss to the defending South West Baseball League Champions at Robson Field, a defeat that ended Weston’s slim hopes of reaching the Championship game.

Roger Saddington and Darren Hines

With very heavy rain throughout the game, conditions for both teams were incredibly difficult, but despite that, both sides competed well and played out a hard fought, competitive game.

The first 5 innings were close, with the visiting Spitfires taking an early 3 run lead then retiring the first 3 Jets batters.

Weston stayed in contention though, mainly through some good defensive plays. First baseman Kev Robson and Centre Fielder Lee Sargent both making fine catches, while the Jets Starting Pitcher Marshall Hanney made some good plays to retire a number of the Spitfires players.

Lee Sargent

Unfortunately for Weston, hits were proving very difficult to come by. Exeter’s Pitcher Mike Osborn, making his first start of the year, put on easily the best pitching performance the Jets had faced all season. Osborn mixed in a great curveball with his blistering fastball that never slowed the whole game. In all he gave up only 6 hits the entire game, while striking out 15 Weston batters in the process.

Chris Taylor and Garry Webb
Marshall Hanney

Trailing by just 5 runs into the sixth inning, Hanney was visibly tiring and Exeter took advantage. Chris Taylor replaced Hanney on the mound to make his pitching debut, and despite doing remarkably well in the wet conditions, by the end of the innings the Spitfires had scored 12 more runs to effectively put the game out of reach of the Jets.

Chris Taylor making his Pitching Debut

Once again though, like so often this season the Jets refused to roll over and came back strongly scoring 6 runs with contributions from Garry Webb, Nick Hodder and Darren Hines as well as substitute David Coe, while Chris Taylor made two great reaction catches in the final innings.

Roger Saddington

A comeback proved impossible though and Osborn closed the game out for the Spitfires, finishing as strong as he had started, striking out the final three Weston batters to advance Exeter to the Championship final.

In all, the 2019 season has been a successful one both on and off the field for Weston with the club continuing to grow and expand it’s membership while playing much more competitively and winning it’s most games ever.

First Baseman Kev Robson

“This season has been a mixed one for the Club”, Chairman Kev Robson said after the game. “We have had some great new players join the Club who have contributed enormously over the season. We have been competitive in just about every game this year, we certainly haven’t had any blowout losses like last year. Unfortunately we have had losses in crucial games. If we had beaten the Buccs in our second meeting we would have advanced to the Double A, and our losses to Cardiff and Newton Abbott in the second half of the season stopped us from reaching the Championship Game. It has been a strange quirk of the format this year that we’ve won more games than Cardiff and Bristol and defeated both of those teams twice this season yet they could both be playing in the Championship Game while we have missed out, but that’s life. All in all though we have to look at the positives. Our defence has been massively improved this year and hopefully we will improve our batting also next season”.

Kev Robson

MVP: Kev Robson

Thank You Neale!!

Jets Chairman Kev Robson recently got to present the South West Baseball League’s Development Officer Neale Raleigh with his very own Weston Jets Jersey in recognition of the major role he played founding the Jets.

Baseball fanatic Neale has played an enormous role in the growth and development of baseball across the South West of England, and the Jets are just one of the many Clubs that Neale has helped to establish.

We simply cannot thank Neale enough for everything he did for the Club in its early days, and it simply would not exist without his financial aid, the constituting of the Club and all his coaching and invaluable baseball knowledge as well as his enthusiasm and time and effort to grow the sport in Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding District.

Neale’s latest project was the founding of Yeovil Whirlwinds, and he is having yet more success with this latest venture as well as forming and promoting the combined SWBL team, which is representing our League so well on the National stage.

Thank you once again Neale, you will always be an honorary Jet!!!

New Items in the Shop!!

The Jets Club Shop has a couple of new items for you to buy!!

Our fantastic Club Shop today added two new items from our fantastic new kit supplier Karuta Sports. You can now purchase a branded Jets Undershirt with 3/4 length raglan sleeves and also a fabulous US College style Varsity Jacket so you can look just like they do in the movies!

Jets 3/4 Raglan Sleeve Undershirt
Jets Varsity Jacket

More new items will be coming soon so keep checking out the Club Shop !

For all Jets sportswear please visit https://karuta-sportswear.com/product-category/club-shop/weston-jets-baseball

Welcome to our Newest Jet Member!!

The whole club would like to welcome the newest member of the Weston Jets… Bramble Catherine Janet Reardon!!!

Our own Paul Reardon proudly announced his daughter Bramble was born on the 25th July, weighing 5 pounds 13 ounces.

Everyone at the Club would like to send their warmest congratulations to Paul and his wife Emma and we look forward to seeing little Bramble on the diamond one day in the future!

Jets Back in Championship Hunt!!

Darren Hines back in the lineup

Weston Jets travelled to Bristol to play the Buccaneers on Sunday and despite their recent defeats to Newton Abbott and Cardiff, Weston went into the game with a positive attitude and in good spirit. Both the recent defeats had been close games and the team was confident of turning things around against a Bristol side they had already met twice earlier in the season.

The Jets got off to a blistering start scoring five runs in the first inning, then preceded to retire the first two Bristol batters with strong accurate throws, which set the tone for the team to have a solid error free fielding day.

Chris Taylor having another great game!

Things got even better for Weston in the second innings when they scored twelve runs and then struck out the Bristol batters without allowing them to score. Some clinical baserunning and patient batting proving decisive.

The highlight of the inning was Shortstop Jes Jimenez’s fantastic score, when he took advantage of an opposition overthrow, using his speed to turn a triple hit into an inside the park Home Run, quite an achievement.

Jes Jimenez scoring a fantastic Inside the Park Home Run!

At the end of the inning the score was 17-1 in the Jets favour and the game was effectively won. The Buccaneers were looking shellshocked but their captain Richard Evans got his team refocused and they came back much stronger retiring the next three Weston batters one after the other.

The Jets, however kept the scoreboard ticking over, scoring another four runs in the sixth inning and in the last inning the Weston defence made a fine double play, then the Pitcher Marshall Hanney, who had had another terrific game, fittingly got the final out when the ball was hit straight back to him and he calmly threw to first base for the game winning final out.

Winning Pitcher Marshall Hanney!

Jets captain Daniel Kirby-James said afterwards, “I couldn’t be more proud of the professionalism shown by the team and the way we all stayed focused to the end. Every single player contributed to this victory in one way or another but if I had to single anyone out it would be Darren Hines who returned as our Catcher today after missing six games through injury. He Had the best game I’ve seen him play, both with the bat and when he was behind the plate, and he scored a great run with a perfectly timed steal to home which is very difficult to achieve”.

MVP Darren Hines!

Next up for the Weston is a matchup against last season’s South West Champions, Exeter Spitfires at the Jets home diamond Robson Field at Hutton Moor.