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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

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. 

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!!


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


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!!