New baseball team ready to start at Weston

PUBLISHED: 12:07 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:07 09 May 2018

Weston Jets.

Weston Jets.

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The Weston Jets Baseball Club is eagerly awaiting its first home match at Hutton Moor.

Since forming in late 2017, the Weston Jets Baseball Club has eagerly awaited their first home game, giving Westonians their first taste of a game that they rarely get a chance to see played.

Joining a South West League that includes experienced teams from Bristol, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth, St Austell and Newton Abbot, the Jets are aware that just winning a game in their first season will be a tall mountain to climb.

“Only four of our 18 players have actually played before,” admits Jets coach Neale Raleigh, (also the South West Baseball League development officer).

“Improvement since we first picked up a bat has been steady.” When asked about the teams’ chances he is cautious, saying: “New teams in the league tend to win between nought and two games in their first season.”

The initial inquiry was made by local man Kev Robson, who lives near to the team’s recently appointed home ground at Hutton Moor.

Neale said: “Although a few players have dropped in and out, the majority have been in since day one. It’s one of those games that looks simple on the surface but actually has many tactical layers, which is why actual match experience will only help shape the team.”

After losing their first match against an experienced Taunton Muskets by 45-4, team spirits remain undaunted.

“Every single person is smiling as they are part of something special,” said pitcher Nick Hodder afterwards, a sentiment agreed with throughout the team.

The only way, it seems, is up, and Weston Jets Baseball Club invite anyone with interest to their first home match at Hutton Moor against Newton Abbott on Sunday from noon onwards.

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