Weston Jets lose opening home game

PUBLISHED: 11:42 23 May 2018

Weston Jets

Weston Jets

Weston Jets lost to the Newton Abbot Brewers in their inaugural home game at Hutton Moor.

Weston Jets Baseball Club played their inaugural home game, welcoming the Newton Abbot Brewers to their home diamond at Hutton Moor.

The Jets were only formed six months ago by local baseball enthusiast Kev Robson and have only recently embarked upon their first season in the South West Baseball League.

After a heavy defeat away to the Taunton Muskets in their first-ever game, the Jets showed how fast they are learning by playing a more competitive against the Brewers.

Weston fell behind early on to the proven baserunning of the visitors and showed their inexperience by allowing the Brewers to score 15 runs in the third inning due to a succession of fielding errors.

To their credit, the Jets did not let their heads drop and fought back hard behind the resolute pitching of starter Mantas Sulin and a fine performance from reliever Nick Hodder, who at one stage struck out four of the Brewers batters in a row.

In fact, the Jets dominated the final innings, outscoring their opponents by 10 runs to four. Every member of the team contributed to a strong comeback with Kev Robson, Lee Sargent and Daniel Kirby-James scoring three runs apiece and also stealing a number of bases to make the final score a respectable 26-14 defeat.

Jets Manager Neale Raleigh praised his team’s vast improvements saying that the Brewers will be worried by the time the Jets travel to Newton Abbot to play the return fixture.

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