Weston Jets show 'character' to pip Buccaneers in thriller to record back-to-back wins

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 May 2019

Weston Jets and Bristol face the camera after their match

Weston Jets and Bristol face the camera after their match

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Weston Jets chairman Kev Robson said his side showed 'unbelievable character' in their 30-28 run win over Bristol Buccaneers, writes Joshua Thomas.

Mantas Sulinskas on the mound for Weston JetsMantas Sulinskas on the mound for Weston Jets

Having beaten Cardiff Marlins last time out, the Jets recorded back-to-back wins for the first time ever as they moved into second place in the Northern Division.

In a game that lasted five hours, the Jets raced into a five-run lead with starting pitcher Marshall Hanney allowing only one run in the game's opening couple of innings.

Weston pulled away from Bristol with four more runs in the third innings to lead by eight.

Bristol pushed back, getting four runs themselves before cutting the lead to just three halfway through the sixth innings.

Nick Hodder hits out for Weston JetsNick Hodder hits out for Weston Jets

This seemed to spur the hosts on and they raced into a 10-run lead, hitting 13 unanswered runs to move 19-9 up.

However, determination and grit from the visitors helped them pile run after run to transform a 10-run deficit into into a four-run lead as the Buccaneers crumbled under pressure,

With the game needed to be seen out, the responsibility was handed to young relief pitcher Mantas Sulinskas.

Sulinskas's pitching proved to be decisive as Buccaneers could only get two runs as fantatsic work from Jets shortstop Chris Taylor and first baseman Kev Robson stopped the hope of a Buccaneers comeback to leave Weston victorious.

Dan Kirby-James steals a base for Weston JetsDan Kirby-James steals a base for Weston Jets

Robson was delighted with how is team composed themselves throughout the game, adding: "We showed unbelievable character and an amazing 'never give up' attitude. My guys never stopped believing and the aggression we showed running the bases was the key to the win.

"Bristol actually had more than 20 hits more than us during the game, but we stole twice as many bases than them and that was what won us the game."

Robson was full of praise for two of his rookies, adding: "Garry Webb had a fine game getting three hits for himself and driving in five runs for the team.

"Marshall Hanney was immense, pitching seven solid innings, stealing an incredible 12 bases and scoring five runs for the team."

The Jets are back in action at the Hutton Moor this Sunday against Buccaneers for the second time in a row with the first pitch at 12pm.

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