Another glorious weekend of sunshine meant most of Somerset head to the beach, with the majority taking the short trip down to Devon. The Muskets happily obliged, heading to Newton Abbot to take on the Brewers. The Brewers were looking for back to back wins having beaten the Jets last weekend, while the Muskets were looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
Taunton Muskets got off to an early lead, with the first four batters all recording hits and, after another hit and a walk, managed to get two across home. The Brewers looked to get a few on the board themselves, however Andres and Jamie combined for three strike outs to the loss of one run in the first. The top of the second saw the Muskets add another three runs, with a two run home run from Andres, followed up by another solo shot from Leroy. Both teams failed to tack on anymore runs in the third, but the Muskets made up for it in the top of the 4th. Hits from Jamie, Chris, Leroy, Mark and Stu helped get nine runs over the plate. That took the Muskets lead to 14-1.
The Brewers come back in the fourth looked shaky, as the first batter was caught brilliantly on the right field fence by Josh. However a couple of walks and a double saw them claw back four runs. The next few innings saw the Muskets struggle with the bat, recording the odd hit and walk, but not affecting the score. The Brewers however started to gain momentum, pouncing on a few pitches to add to their tally. Yet Andres continued to get the strike outs and a few infield plays kept the Muskets in front.
With the score close the game again turned, the Muskets dominated the defense, giving up a run in the sixth, before shutting out the Brewers for the next three innings. A special mention to Jake after making a throw from shallow right field to the plate to stop the Brewers adding on a run! With the Brewers bat’s cooled the Muskets started to find their collective eye. Jake, Dean and Scott added hits to their batting lines for the day, before debutante Alan got his first hit and RBI. The team combined to add eleven runs across the eighth and ninth innings, taking the tally to 28-10 to the Muskets.
Taunton Muskets now move to 3-0 for the season and will look to keep that unbeaten start going against the Claycutters in two weeks.
Clipping courtesy of the Somerset County Gazette