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.
” 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
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.