Month: June 2021

Doubleheader Defeats

The Jets travelled to Somerdale in Bristol for a 2 game doubleheader against a strong Bristol Bats side on Sunday.

After a couple of quick outs in the first inning of game 1, Roy Gillett making his Weston debut smashed a fantastic triple base shot to deep right field driving home Weston’s first run of the day. Roy Gillett hit a tremendous triple!

Bristol came back very strongly however scoring 5 runs in both of their first innings to take a commanding lead and their pitching from Tyron Porter proved to be far to strong for Weston to overcome as the Jets found getting any hits very difficult to come by, only managing 5 all game although the whole team battled well in difficult blustery conditions and there were promising debuts from some new Jets players, buy generic Misoprostol online no prescription quick delivery Roy Gillett in particular and also buy me a boat lyrics Jamie Lawrence who batted very well and also took a couple of great catches.

Left Fielder Jamie Lawrence

The final score in Game 1 was Bristol Bats 14 Weston Jets 4.

The second game of the day followed a very similar theme to the first, with Weston again struggling to find their offensive rhythm against another strong Bristol pitcher, only managing 4 hits all game while in turn giving up 14 hits to their opponents. .

Game 2 saw another Jets debut, Areiel Wolanow replacing Nick Hodder at first base. While right fielder Paul Reardon batted patiently and had a 100% record of getting on base while veterans Dan Kirby-James and Darren Hines both put in useful shifts on both sides of the ball but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Jets from going down to another defeat this time by the score of 17 runs to 5.

Areiel Wolanow on 1st

Centre Fielder Dan Kirby-James said after the game; “We’re not too disheartened, we were playing a strong Bats side and both of their starting pitchers were very good. Aaron Moore pitched a complete game for the first time today and did well on the mound. He didn’t give up too many walks and just needs the confidence to add some more velocity to his pitches. Cosmin (Bilciurescu) and Russell (Carpenter) had great games in the field but need to improve their batting to help out on offence. Jamie Lawrence played 2 full games in left field and did very well especially fielding difficult ground balls, he just needs to work on his judgment to catch more fly (high) balls. Roy Gillett earned himself the MVP award on his debut with an awesome triple and he also took an amazing catch over his shoulder which was moving all over the place in the wind…unfortunately he then forgot the game was still live at that point and was late making the throw which allowed Bristol to score, but that’s all part of the learning process”.

Aaron Moore at the plate

Nick Hodder added; “ Whilst it was disappointing not to continue the winning ways of the past 2 games, it’s tough games like this that really help the team develop and we will head into the next game full of confidence”.

Aaron Moore and Nick Hodder relaxing between games

Next up for the Jets is a home match against another Bristol side when League newcomers Bristol Brunels take on Weston on the 4th July at Robson Field. First pitch will be at 12 noon.

Jets Move Into Second Place After Bears Split

Nick Hodder on defensive duties

After the long road trip to Newquay to play the Cornish Claycutters last weekend which resulted in a win and a draw for the Jets, this weekend saw league newcomers Bournemouth Bears travel to Weston to take on the Jets at their home ground Robson Field.

Although new to the South West Baseball League, Bournemouth have a long history and a strong side and they quickly raced into a commanding 4-1 lead after just 3 innings in Game 1 of the scheduled doubleheader.

Garry Webb tagging out a Bournemouth runner

The Jets however roared back into contention in the bottom of the 4th inning when shortstop Dan Kirby-James hit a terrific triple to deep left field which drove in 3 Weston runs. A great defensive double play by the Jets in the final inning retired the Bears without them adding to their lead and Weston smelled blood. Last week’s home run king Nick Hodder almost repeated the feat again, his deep blast falling just short of the fence for a double. Garry Webb then hit a single to drive Hodder home and this was followed by some patient batting at the plate notably from rookie third baseman Russell Carpenter which resulted in 4 more Weston runs and a final score line of Jets 10 Bears 9.

James Mortimer at the plate

Sadly Weston couldn’t find a repeat of the winning formula in game 2 despite some fine pitching from James Carter making his debut on the mound. Aaron Moore was also extremely unlucky, hitting some fine shots but unfortunately being caught every time. Dan Kirby-James said afterwards “ Aaron was particularly unlucky today. One catch that got him out was the finest catch I’ve witnessed at this level”. 

Yolanda Berry got a fantastic unassisted double play but the Jets ultimately tired in the blazing heat and Bournemouth took the win in Game 2 by 10 runs to 5.

Darren Hines and James Carter shelter from the heat between innings

Kirby-James commented, “I was very pleased with how patient our batting was. Russell (Carpenter) in particular put into practice what he had learnt from training and recognised what his strike zone was and played effectively earning himself quite a few walks. The comeback by our guys in the 4th inning of Game 1 was especially pleasing and galvanised the team and our morale. Our base running was on point all day but unfortunately their catcher was very good and had a great throw and was very effective with his pick off attempts”.

The results leave the Jets second in their division having won 2 and lost 2 games.

The team have a weekend off next week before an away game against the Bristol Bats on June 27th.

Weston Make A Winning Start to 2021

After the complete loss of the 2020 season due to the pandemic and a further delay of two weekends due to the weather, competitive baseball finally resumed when the Weston Jets made the long road trip to Newquay to play the Cornish Claycutters in a two game double-header.

It looked a very daunting task for an inexperienced Jets side facing off away from home against one of the very best teams in the south west, in fact Weston were without their top five hitters from the last season and five players in the starting line-up were making their Weston debuts.

Yolanda Berry made history by becoming the first woman to play a competitive league game, starting at second base for Weston.

Yolanda Berry and Areiel Wolanow

The Jets however started strongly in Game one left fielder Aaron Moore and captain Nick Hodder both driving in runs to give Weston a narrow 4-3 lead after one inning, helped by an outstanding catch at the centre field fence by James Mortimer and some fine defensive plays by shortstop Cosmin Bilciurescu.

Cornwall came back strongly as expected, and by the mid game point led by three runs.

A well hit ball from Hodder fell agonisingly short of the fence and unfortunately no runs were scored.

Hodder was to have his moment with his next at-bat however, when he launched a ball deep over the left field fence for the Jet’s first home run of the new season.

Nick Hodder blasts his first ever Home Run!!

Ultimately though the Claycutter’s defence proved the difference.

Two good double plays saw the visitors edge game one by the final score of 10 runs to eight.

Winning Pitcher Lee Sargent

Game two saw Aaron Moore start as pitcher for the Jets for the first time and he was understandably shaky in his first appearance giving up eight hits and walking six batters.

Cornwall were also struggling on the mound however and after two innings the score was tied at 10 runs apiece.

Veteran Lee Sargent took over pitching duties for the Jets and assisted by some great defence, the Jets were again hanging on and trailing by just two runs as the game entered it’s later stages.

It was Cornwall’s pitcher whose nerve broke first, giving up six walks which were capitalised upon by some aggressive Weston base-running which included a steal of home plate by Darren Hines, and Sargent closed the game out helped by a brilliant diving stop at first base by Hodder to earn a great first win of the new season by 16 runs to 14.

Afterwards Nick Hodder said: “It was a huge achievement for me personally to finally hit a home run especially after going so close in my previous at-bat.

“The team played brilliantly as a unit, James (Mortimer) took a great catch and Cosmin (Bilciurescu) made some fantastic stops. Given that for some of the players it was their first competitive game ever.

“I was delighted to earn the MVP award but it really was a great whole team effort”.

Introducing Our New Name and Logo

The South West Baseball League (SWBL) have officially changed it’s name to become the South West & Wales Baseball League (SWWBL).

The decision was made to more clearly reflect the locations of the teams in our league which of course includes Cardiff Merlins, (currently the only Welsh team competing in British adult leagues).

In addition it was thought important to highlight the league’s partnership with RBI Wales.

The new logo is based on the familiar shape of a baseball field and incorporates the diamond of our old logo. The centre of the logo features an interlocked S and W with the extra W shown by a line within it.

In addition to the new logo, Black Dog Collective have created alternative logos and a wordmark for us.