The Jets travelled to Cardiff on Sunday for the final game in the Northern Division before the SWBL splits into the two ability based divisions for the second half of the season.
The Jets started impressively, Catcher Tom Jimenez and Third Baseman Chris Taylor getting early runs on the board before pitcher Marshall Hanney stole home to give the Jets a 4 run lead, a lead that was extended to 9 after another great inning of hitting and baserunning from the visitors.
Just as it seemed Weston were on course for a comfortable win however, Cardiff hit back scoring 13 runs in the bottom of the second innings to go into the lead 15 runs to 11.
Weston’s Coach Dan Kirby-James said, “The umpire missed a tag out at third base that was easily a mile out, but unfortunately he called the player safe and we let it effect us”. Cardiff took full advantage of their let off to pile on the runs including a fine home run from Aaron Fulton-Brown.
The next few innings swung back and forth, Weston scoring 7 runs in the 6th inning with contributions from almost every one of the starting nine, notably rookie Dave Hepworth who continues to improve every game, and is quickly establishing himself as one of the Club’s top hitters and a nailed on starter.
Chris Taylor and Jes Jimenez, playing his first game back after missing the last 3 games, both had fantastic games getting 5 hits apiece, but as the rain got heavier and conditions worsened, the game hung in the balance. Cardiff still searching for their first win of the season were giving everything they could but as they have many times this season, the Jets dug deep and refused to be beaten.
Trailing by 1 run as the game entered the last inning, Weston scored 3 times but with Cardiff scoring in reply and getting two men in scoring positions, they had the runners in place to secure victory. Fortunately for the Jets, Hanney held his nerve and the defence came good, stranding the Merlins runners on the bases to complete the win by the narrowest of margins, 26 runs to 25.
MVP: Marshall Hanney