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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.