It is that time of year again, after yet another long, cold winter the British Baseball season is getting underway and thousands hope that Sundays stay dry for the next 5 months. For the Muskets the new season brings new beginnings, as they move to a new field in Victoria Park, in the heart of Taunton. After rain forced the Muskets first scheduled game against the Cornish Claycutters to be cancelled, they began the new South West Baseball League season hosting one of the many newcomers to the league, the Yeovil Whirlwinds.
With the club still working out the early teething problems with the field, they were maybe a little under prepared for the start of the season and that showed in a sluggish start to the 2019 season against Yeovil. The newly formed team to the east of Taunton boast a squad filled with a good mix of experience and enthusiastic rookies and they all played their part in a solid performance against last year’s league runners up. The whirlwinds took an early lead and the Muskets found it difficult to claw back any runs in the first few innings, only making it on base via errors, over throws and hit batters. It wasn’t until the later stages of the contest, as the visiting pitcher began to tire, that the Muskets began to string together a few hits and more importantly, started to impact the scoreboard.
It was almost a single handed effort from Leroy Bailey to drag the Muskets back into the game with a couple of runs after some strong hits. While the Muskets managed to add a couple more on late in the game, its proved too much to come back from the early deficit. The Whirlwinds notched their first victory beating the Muskets 10-4 after 9 hard fought innings. While it was not the result the Muskets wanted, their were some positives to take from the game, including some good plays in the field to ensure the scoreline wasn’t more one sided, especially a great catch from Stuart Pike in left field after coming off the bench late on. Pitcher Andres Rivas Bianco also looked solid over the whole game and was well supported by Jamie Pollard behind the plate.
The Muskets will look to bounce straight back from this defeat when they visit the Cornish Claycutters this weekend to play the rained off game from April.