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.
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.
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.
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.