Castelnau-le-Lez 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