Vangviang The Jets played the Bristol Bats on Sunday at Robson Field at Hutton Moor. Despite the rain the game went ahead and both teams did well to handle the adverse conditions.
Coming off a loss against the Buccaneers last time out the Jets were looking to bounce back but missing star player Dan Kirby-James and facing the League leading Bristol Bats they faced a daunting task.
Weston, however got off to a great start, starting pitcher Gian Jimenez allowing just 1 run in the first 2 innings, striking out 4 Bristol batters in quick succession and helped by some good defence particularly from first baseman Kev Robson who took two fine catches.
The Jet’s Bats started well on offence too, patient batting, agressive baserunning and a couple of great hits from centre fielder Chris Taylor saw the home team race into an early 7 run lead.
Bristol showed their experience and remained calm even when their catcher Paul Gardiner had to retire through injury, gradually pulling themselves back into the game and by the end of the 4th inning they had closed the defecit to just one run.
The game turned in the middle innings. Bristol handled the worsening conditions better than the home team who committed a number of errors in the field. Gian Jimenez was forced to retire due to an arm injury, and despite the brave efforts of relief pitchers Marshall Hanney and Mantas Sulinaskis, Bristol pulled gradually pulled ahead.
Weston refused to give up however and held their own until the end. Tom Jimenez, the Jets most senior player, playing as a makeshift catcher had an outstanding game, scoring 3 runs as did right fielder Dave Hepworth who had 3 great hits and scored 2 runs.
With the rain coming down even more heavily, the game finished with a victory to the Bristol Bats by a score of 21 runs to 12.
Victory for Bristol sees them qualify for the top group in the next round of South West Baseball League games while Weston face travel to Cardiff Merlins next on June 23rd in a crucial game they must win to have any chance of progressing themselves.
MVP: Dave Hepworth