Month: April 2019

The Mayor Gets Jets Home Opener Underway

Mayor gets Jets home opener underway Weston Jets Welcomed Cardiff Merlins in the opening home game of the new season on Sunday. Councillor Michael Lyall the Mayor of Weston-super-Mare greeted both teams then got the game under way in Presidential style by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
It was the Cardiff team who started quickest. The Merlins took the lead with a home run from Yuki Kato off Jets starting pitcher Marshall Hanney but the Jets quickly hit back and ended the first inning leading 2 runs to 1.Cardiff scored twice more in the second inning to retake the lead but hits from Jes Jimenez, Darren Hines and Mantas Sulinskas allowed the home team to edge in front again but the Jets lead did not last long. With Pitcher Hanney starting to tire in the blustery conditions Cardiff scored 7 more runs in the top of the 4th inning including another home run from Aaron Fulton-Brown.

Weston fought back however with 3 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning scored by Dan Kirby-James and brothers Jes and Gian Jimenez, so by the time Gian Jimenez replaced Hanney on the mound the home side trailed by 10 runs to 8.
Jimenez then produced a masterclass of pitching showing impressive velocity and control throwing 4 scoreless innings and striking out 13 of the 20 Cardiff batters he faced.

The Jets bats got hot also and despite some great Cardiff fielding which included 2 outstanding double plays, the Jimenez brothers scored 2 more runs and centre fielder Kirby-James and first baseman Kev Robson also crossed home plate to score for the home side making the final score Weston Jets 13 Cardiff Merlins 10 and giving the Jets their first win of the season and moving them to 3rd place in the standings of the Northern Division of the South West Baseball League.

MVP: Gian Jimenez

Jets lose to Bats in First Game of 2019

A much improved Jets lose to the Bats

Baseball returned to the South West this week with the first round of fixtures in the South West Baseball League. The sport continues to grow and this season sees 3 new teams from Yeovil, Bristol and Cardiff entering the league, joining Weston, Bristol, Taunton, Newton Abbot, Plymouth and Truro competing to dethrone defending Champions Exeter. 
On a bitterly cold spring morning the Weston Jets travelled to Bristol to face the Bristol Bats. With 4 players making their debuts for the Jets it was a new look Weston team that looked to improve against the team that inflicted Weston’s heaviest loss in 2018.
Last years Most Valuable Player Daniel Kirby-James got the Jets first run of 2019 in the first inning but Bristol took advantage of a dropped catch to pull into an early 7-1 lead. New Jets starting pitcher Marshall Hanney however looked calm and assured, walking only 1 Bristol Batter the entire game but experienced fielding prevented Weston from getting more runs on the board and gradually Bristol extended their lead. 
In the 6th inning Kirby-James singled to left field then advanced to 3rd on a botched Bristol attempted run down, scoring for the Jets when 3rd Baseman Nick Hodder brought him home with a single.
The highlight of the game however was saved to the last inning when substitute Dave Hepworth facing his first ever pitch, crushed the ball deep over the left field fence for an amazing home run. 
The final score was Bristol 23 Weston 3, but the Jets look to have made big improvements from last year and with 3 first choice players missing, this season looks full of promise and baseball looks set to continue to grow in Weston and the South West.
Elsewhere in the SWBL Bristol Buccaneers beat Cardiff Merlins 15-11 and Plymouth Mariners defeated Yeovil Whirlwinds 23-3. Next up for Weston is a home game against Cardiff on April 28th at Robson Field, Hutton Moor, first pitch at 12 noon. 

MVP: Dan Kirby-James