Weston Jets again faced the Buccaneers in the return match following last weeks nail biting game that saw the Jets overhaul defeat the Bucs this time ended in a victory for their rivals in another great showpiece for the sport growing in popularity.
Missing Chairman and first baseman Kev Robson and last weeks winning pitcher Mantas Sulinskas, the Jets nether the less entered the game in a confident mood despite the game having to be switched to Bristol from Weston’s home field at Hutton Moor due to unforeseen circumstances.
In a that closely resembled last weeks match up, the Jets started brightly but despite catcher Darren Hines scoring 2 runs the Jets found themselves 8 runs behind at the bottom of the 3rd inning.
Once again though the Jets rookies were the key players. Pitcher Marshall Hanney was also having a hot day with his bat and 2nd Baseman Garry Webb’s impressive early season form continued, while Dave Hepworth making his first ever start for the club in right Field was also having a great game and the Jets cut into Bristol’s lead.
Determined not to lose to Weston again the Bucs showed great skill and determination and pulled ahead again to lead by 8 runs by the end of the 7th inning.
Relief pitcher Gian Jimenez struggled with his control as the sunshine turned to rain although he was the best batter on the day gettting 5 hits, all of them doubles and entering the last inning another memorable Jets comeback seemed on as Weston had cut Bristol’s lead to just 4 runs.
This time though it wasn’t to be. The buccaneers held firm and The Jets fell just short of their target losing by the final score of 28 runs to 23.
With the Jets falling back to third place in the north division of the South West Baseball League, Garry Webb awarded the Most Valuable Player award said after the game; “The Bucs were just more consistent and handled the change in weather better than us and closed the game out this time for the win. They scored more regularly than us, but our defence is improving and our aggressive base stealing is having success”.
MVP: Garry Webb