The Weston Jets defeated the Bristol Buccaneers in game 3 of the South West Baseball League on Sunday to record back to back wins for the first time ever and climbed to second place in the Northern Division.
In a nail biting marathon of game that lasted over 5 hours the Jets claimed the win in dramatic fashion.
Batting first they raced into a 5 run lead and Jets starting pitcher Marshall Hanney allowed only 1 run in reply in the first couple of innings, demonstrating masterful control and precision on the mound.
Weston scored 4 more in the 3rd inning but Bristol replied with 4 runs of their own and slowly clawed their way back into game cutting the Jets lead to just 3 as the game entered the bottom half of the 6th inning. It was then that things began to unravel for the visitors as the home team’s bats got hot and they put 13 unanswered runs onto the scoreboard to lead by a seemingly unassailable margin of 10 runs as the game entered the last inning.
Weston however refused to be beaten, and a combination of aggressive baserunning and good hitting saw the Jets score run after run, with almost every player on the team contributing to an unprecedented comeback. The Bristol players crumbled under the Jets pressure and by the time the Jets last batter struck out the 10 run deficit had incredibly turned into a 4 run lead.
The Jets however still needed to see the game out and the task fell to Weston’s young relief pitcher Mantas Sulinskas.
Despite some fantastic pitching, Bristol scored 2 runs and had the potential game-winning runners on the bases but an incredible double play from Jets shortstop Chris Taylor and first baseman Kev Robson stopped any possibility of a Buccaneers comeback and the Jets held on to win an exhausting game by the score of 30 runs to 28.
Weston’s Chairman Kev Robson said afterwards; “ We showed unbelievable character and an amazing ‘never give up’ attitude. My guys never stopped believing and the aggression we showed running the bases was the key to the win. Bristol actually had more than 20 hits more than us during the game but we stole twice as many bases than them and that was what won us the game”.
Robson was especially proud of 2 of the Jets rookie players; “ Garry Webb had a fine game getting 3 hits for himself and driving in 5 runs for the team while Marshall Hanney was immense pitching 7 solid innings, stealing an incredible 12 bases and scoring 5 runs for the team”.
MVP: Marshall Hanney