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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 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!!