The Muskets made their first trip to the beach side home of the Weston Jets this year and while conditions were difficult the Muskets made the most of the sunshine to get their season back on track. Having fallen from an unbeaten 4-0 start to the year, the Muskets had lost three tough games to drop below Bristol in the standings on 4-3 and needed to start scoring again to push for the finals in September. Their hosts for the day have played admirably in their start to life in the South West Baseball League, but are yet to taste the joy of victory, but the Muskets knew they needed to get off to a good start to ensure the Jets wouldn’t experience it today.
With the Muskets taking to the plate first they got off to the best start possible, Jake hitting a third pitch double to get a rally going from the first at bat. The top of the first saw the Muskets score 12 runs, with Jamie and Andres drawing walks, doubles from Leroy, Alan (Trunks) and a second for Jake keeping the line up moving, while singles for Chris, Josh, Scott and Stuart meant everyone got on base at least once. After the offense made such an explosive start the Muskets defence needed to keep things tight in case the decider at the end of the season came down to run difference and luckily their starting pitcher Leroy answered the call. Bar the first out in which he needed the help of the first baseman, Leroy went five innings without giving up a hit and it would not be until the bottom of the 6th that the Jets managed to finally get bat on ball to record their first of the day.
Off the back of such a strong pitching the performance the Muskets could afford to take risks with the bat and they paid dividends in the early exchanges. The top of the second innings provided another 8 runs, before a break out 3rd added on 16 more, with every man in the line up scoring once. The top of the third also saw Leroy go deep over left field for his second of the year, before Alan (Trunks) ran out a superb little league (inside-the-park) homerun to the right field fence for his first of the year. With the game all but secured and Leroy’s arm beginning to tire the Muskets began to the ring the changes. If the Jets had thought a change in pitcher would improve their fortunes they were soon met with the realisation of Andres closing out the game and that their task was no easier than before. The Jets had been able to get some runs on the board, Leroy and Andres both guilty of giving up walks, before a couple of Jets managed to hit through the infield to break up the combined no hitter. Unfortunately for the home side they would fall just short of double figures for their efforts, ending the day with 8 runs.
The changes for the Muskets were not limited to the pitching staff, with Mark and Alan (Herbet) joining the action and neither disappointed at the plate. Both subs managed multiple hits in their brief forays at the plate, but the heat began to take its toll on both sides and the runs started to become harder to get. A few unfortunate plays saw the Muskets get themselves out and a superbly executed triple play from the Jets in the top of 6th inning abruptly brought an end to the Muskets scoring. It would prove to be too little too late as the Muskets ran out 49-8 winners, but, while the score line shows a one sided affair, the game itself was hard fought in the hot conditions and both teams gave their all. The Muskets now sit level with the Bristol Bats on a 5-3 record and look to keep the pressure on in two weeks time against the Newton Brewers at Canonsgrove.