Weston Jets crash against the Exeter Spitfires

PUBLISHED: 10:06 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:06 24 August 2018

Jacques Bishop.

Jacques Bishop.

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Weston Jets crashed in their latest match against league leaders Exeter Spitfires.

Exeter Spitfires were the visitors to Robson Field the home diamond of the Weston Jets at Hutton Moor.

Starting pitcher for the Jets for the first time was Lee Sargent and after a nervous first inning in which he walked five of the first seven batters he faced and the Jets conceded six early runs, Sargent soon found his rhythm aided by Karl Lambert making a strong debut as catcher.

The Jets were all out for no reply in the bottom of the first inning and after a mighty home run scored by Phil Matthews saw the Spitfires increase their advantage to 10 runs.

Jets’ centre fielder Darrell Capille hit Weston’s first-ever triple base hit and when Exeter committed an error in their outfield and David Coe singled, the Jets were able to bring two runs home.

Exeter, the only team unbeaten in the South West Baseball League and favourites for the title, kept the pressure on playing some outstanding baseball, but at no point did Weston buckle and they stayed competitive.

In particular the Jets defence had the strongest game they have had this year making catch after catch and retiring the Spitfires inning after inning.

Unfortunately for the Jets, some individual moments of brilliance from Exeter kept the lead increasing.

The most valuable player award clearly went to Matthews, first baseman for the Spitfires who crushed two more outstanding home runs, but Weston never let their heads drop and competed until the final out, turning their first double play of the season in the seventh inning to retire the last two Exeter players and adding two more runs of their own.

The final score was 29-4 in favour of the visitors, but Weston can be proud of their showing against a top club.

Jets chairman Kev Robson said after the game: “There were lots of positives today. Morale was high, our defence was magnificent, our pitcher threw five great innings and there were lots of great performances from players playing in new positions plus a promising debut from our new rookie Jacques Bishop.”

Jets-Spitfires was the only game to go ahead this weekend in the SWBL so standings remain unchanged with Exeter leading the way in the southern division and Weston still at the foot of the northern division.

Meanwhile the Jets will be training at Hutton Moor (Robson Field) as usual on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm, so if you would like to try out a new sport contact the club via their social media channels.

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