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!

Jets Club Shop now live!!

Jets Online Club Shop is now Live!!

The Weston Jets Online Club Shop is now live!! The Jets are proud to announce their partnership with Karuta Sportswear. Karuta are providing all the Jets playing kit, training kit, travelwear and supporters leisurewear. We are sure you will love the huge new range of fantastic high quality garments that Karuta Sportwear have supplied the Jets with!!

You can view the whole range on the SHOP tab on the website homepage or follow the link below:

https://karuta-sportswear.com/product-category/club-shop/weston-jets-baseball

JETS TRIUMPH IN CARDIFF NAILBITER!!

The Jets travelled to Cardiff on Sunday for the final game in the Northern Division before the SWBL splits into the two ability based divisions for the second half of the season.

The Jets started impressively, Catcher Tom Jimenez and Third Baseman Chris Taylor getting early runs on the board before pitcher Marshall Hanney stole home to give the Jets a 4 run lead, a lead that was extended to 9 after another great inning of hitting and baserunning from the visitors.

Just as it seemed Weston were on course for a comfortable win however, Cardiff hit back scoring 13 runs in the bottom of the second innings to go into the lead 15 runs to 11.

Weston’s Coach Dan Kirby-James said, “The umpire missed a tag out at third base that was easily a mile out, but unfortunately he called the player safe and we let it effect us”. Cardiff took full advantage of their let off to pile on the runs including a fine home run from Aaron Fulton-Brown.

The next few innings swung back and forth, Weston scoring 7 runs in the 6th inning with contributions from almost every one of the starting nine, notably rookie Dave Hepworth who continues to improve every game, and is quickly establishing himself as one of the Club’s top hitters and a nailed on starter.

Chris Taylor and Jes Jimenez, playing his first game back after missing the last 3 games, both had fantastic games getting 5 hits apiece, but as the rain got heavier and conditions worsened, the game hung in the balance. Cardiff still searching for their first win of the season were giving everything they could but as they have many times this season, the Jets dug deep and refused to be beaten.

Trailing by 1 run as the game entered the last inning, Weston scored 3 times but with Cardiff scoring in reply and getting two men in scoring positions, they had the runners in place to secure victory. Fortunately for the Jets, Hanney held his nerve and the defence came good, stranding the Merlins runners on the bases to complete the win by the narrowest of margins, 26 runs to 25.

MVP: Marshall Hanney

WINNING PITCHER MARSHALL HANNEY

JETS RACE FOR LIFE (UPDATED)

JETS FINISH RACE FOR LIFE

Congratulations to the Weston Jets who completed the Race for life and raised £507.50 for Cancer Research UK!! Well done to members Nick Hodder, Daniel Kirby-James, Garry Webb, Darren Hines, Martyn House, and Lee Sargent for completing the 5K run and to everyone who sponsored them!!

WELL DONE GUYS!!

NEW JETS KIT!!!

The Weston Jets are proud to announce their new kit supplier:

Karuta Sportswear are an independent Sportswear Brand that specializes in bespoke playing kits and team wear for all sports and the Weston Jets are proud to become one of their partners.

The garments Karuta produce are durable, able to withstand the rigours of training and gamedays, just like the Japanese armour the company is named after, but also stylish enabling our players to be confident when training and competing.


Karuta use the latest materials and fabrics and constantly communicate with experts on the latest technological advances in sportswear. They have provided us with an in-house design service, second to none, so that we were able to personalise our ‘armour’ how we wished. Karuta have provided the Weston Jets with a huge range of full leisure, training, and travel kit for our club, which will cover all weather conditions from extreme winter to scorching hot summer, to compliment the new uniforms they have designed for the Jets players to wear wear whilst competing on the field on gamedays. Both players and fans of the Jets will be able to find the garments they want to wear for playing, training or simply supporting the club in the local community.

Karuta are a local Weston-super-Mare based firm so we make an ideal partnership to support each other. They source all their material from Europe and the United Kingdom and they use local specialized services, as they along with ourselves believe that it is important to support British Companies.

Karuta’s extensive range covers dozens of clubs in every major sport and Taunton Muskets Baseball Club are already one of the other teams Karuta provide kit for. They pride themselves on supplying dedicated Amateurs like ourselves with exactly the same quality of kits and service, in the same manner as the committed Professional teams they also supply.

“Karuta could not have been more helpful and friendly right from the start. They have been supportive and innovative through the whole process, replying promptly to my MANY requests for changes and additions to the range of kit and the design styles while supplying Weston Jets Baseball Club with the highest quality garments, in a fantastic range at great prices and with great delivery speeds. The thing that really separates Karuta from all their competitors is their friendliness and the way they made me feel that my Club mattered to them and nothing I asked was ever a problem”.

Kev Robson, Chairman Weston Jets Baseball Club.

Coming very soon…..Watch this space for a new online club shop!!!

Jets lose to Bats in a Rainy Day at Robson Field

Dave Hepworth Steals Second Base

The Jets played the Bristol Bats on Sunday at Robson Field at Hutton Moor. Despite the rain the game went ahead and both teams did well to handle the adverse conditions.


Coming off a loss against the Buccaneers last time out the Jets were looking to bounce back but missing star player Dan Kirby-James and facing the League leading Bristol Bats they faced a daunting task.
Weston, however got off to a great start, starting pitcher Gian Jimenez allowing just 1 run in the first 2 innings, striking out 4 Bristol batters in quick succession and helped by some good defence particularly from first baseman Kev Robson who took two fine catches.


The Jet’s Bats started well on offence too, patient batting, agressive baserunning and a couple of great hits from centre fielder Chris Taylor saw the home team race into an early 7 run lead.
Bristol showed their experience and remained calm even when their catcher Paul Gardiner had to retire through injury, gradually pulling themselves back into the game and by the end of the 4th inning they had closed the defecit to just one run.


The game turned in the middle innings. Bristol handled the worsening conditions better than the home team who committed a number of errors in the field. Gian Jimenez was forced to retire due to an arm injury, and despite the brave efforts of relief pitchers Marshall Hanney and Mantas Sulinaskis, Bristol pulled gradually pulled ahead.
Weston refused to give up however and held their own until the end. Tom Jimenez, the Jets most senior player, playing as a makeshift catcher had an outstanding game, scoring 3 runs as did right fielder Dave Hepworth who had 3 great hits and scored 2 runs.


With the rain coming down even more heavily, the game finished with a victory to the Bristol Bats by a score of 21 runs to 12. 
Victory for Bristol sees them qualify for the top group in the next round of South West Baseball League games while Weston face travel to Cardiff Merlins next on June 23rd in a crucial game they must win to have any chance of progressing themselves.

MVP: Dave Hepworth

Kirby-James Represents Jets In Battle Of Britain

The bank holiday weekend saw a 3 day baseball tournament take place in Kent with teams drawn from all over the UK battling for the title in an event dubbed the ‘Battle of Britain’. 

Competing alongside Scotland and Ireland were also teams representing Kent, the Midlands, the North of England, the British Baseball League and our own South West Baseball League.

The South West team like the other teams was made up of All-Stars chosen from all the teams in the region, and alongside players from Plymouth, Cornwall, Newton Abbot, Cardiff, Bristol, Taunton, Yeovil and Exeter was Daniel Kirby-James from the Weston Jets.

The South West team won 3 of it’s 4 games on day 1 and after a loss to Scotland on day 2 faced the North of England team for a place in the final. The SWBL raced into an early 7-0 lead, with Kirby-James, the Jets regular centre fielder, playing in an unfamiliar position at second base, contributing with a great double hit which brought in 2 runs. The North was unable to make a comeback and the game finished 7-0 a result that saw the South West progress to the final on day 3.

The opponents for the SWBL in the final were Scotland, but it was the South West who took an early 2-1 lead putting the favourites on the back foot. Gradually however Scotland fought their way back into the game and by the 4th inning led 3 runs to 2. By the end of the 5th inning the score was 5-3 to Scotland and with no further runs scored the tournament ended with Scotland being crowned champions. 

Daniel Kirby-James was full of praise for his teammates afterwards; “We competed strongly in every game but Scotland were just too strong and deserved the win in the end after the baseball they played over all 3 days. Representing the South West though is easily the pinnacle of my sporting career” and he and his team did themselves and their clubs and the region proud.