The 2019 London Series involving the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees provided a timely mid season break for the South West Baseball League. So here is a short overview of how the first half went for the Taunton Muskets.
The Muskets started the season sluggishly falling to two quick defeats against the newly formed Yeovil Whirlwinds and the recently relocated Cornish Claycutters. As the games came thick and fast they traveled to Exeter to take on the reigning league champions with both teams holding 0-2 losing records to start off the year. In a tense affair the Muskets pulled ahead and managed to secure their first victory of the summer, the start of a turn of fortune for the Taunton club.
The games got no easier for the Muskets, following their trip to Exeter, the team had to travel to Plymouth to take on the Mariners, former three time league champions. It proved to be a break out game for the Muskets, with the club securing a 30-10 victory, with the club showing a great batting display to even their season record to 2-2. The Muskets were forced to relocate due to issues with their new field at Victoria park, taking up residence at Bishop Foxs School for the remainder of the season. Their first visitors were the Newton Brewers and the hosts continued their fine batting form, racking up another 30 runs in a dominating display.
Next up for the Muskets were the league new comers the Yeovil Whirlwinds, with memories of their first encounter, the Muskets looked to put past demons to rest. It proved another tight game, with an engaging pitching duel leading to a 9-8 victory for the visiting Muskets and extended the Muskets win streak to 4 games and securing a place in the Double A division in the second half of the season. In their final game before the mid season break the Muskets hosted the Exeter Spitfires, with the home side rounding off the first part of the season with another victory, leaving them with a 5-2 record and leaving them top of the central division table.
After an impressive resurgence that saw the Muskets go on a five game unbeaten run, the club head into the break looking forward to Double A ball for the rest of the season. The Muskets will now face off against the Yeovil Whirlwinds, Bristol Bats, Plymouth Mariners and Cornish Claycutters in the hunt for their first trophy in three years.