Formed in the winter of 2013 with the help of local baseball enthusiast Neale Raleigh and a group of experienced players and keen rookies the Muskets looked to compete in the 2014 South West Baseball League. Under the chairmanship of Ben Grey the club found a home at Taunton Academy and entered the South West Baseball League to compete against the Bristol Bats and Badgers, Plymouth Mariners, Exeter Spitfires and Torbay Barons. It was a debut season to remember, with the club ending up joint second in the league with an impressive seven wins. During the season players from the club also had the chance to represent the league in the London Tournament, hosted by the South London Pirates, as part of a combined league team.
With the success of their first season the membership began to grow and the club made the decision to create a second team, the Musketoons. Both teams entered the South West league in 2015 and the Muskets continued the form of their debut season. However the new additions made over the off season proved decisive as the Muskets won the league undefeated. The Musketoons, still in their infancy, struggled in their first season, losing all ten games. The club returned to the London Tournament, hosted at the home of British baseball, Farnham Park. Unfortunately the club were unlucky not to return home with another trophy, narrowly losing the final to the experience Croydon Rockers. While the two teams had very different seasons the club continued to grow, entering the off season with their first piece of silverware and new members continuing to sign up.
2016 saw the club again enter two teams into the new division based South West league, with the Muskets competing in Division One against Plymouth and the two Bristol teams, while the Musketoons looked to win their own trophy in Division Two against the Exeter Spitfires and the newly formed Newton Brewers. The Muskets picked up from where they had left off, currently on course to defend their title with yet another impressive undefeated run. The Musketoons, looking to progress from their first season, have shown great improvement and tremendous team spirit so far this year. Having played in the South West Baseball league’s first double header, they have notched three wins and look to continue that form in the coming weeks to challenge for the Division Two trophy. For the second year the Muskets sent a team into the London Tournament, supported by a few players from Bristol and Newton Abbott. Having come close previously, this year proved to be the year, as the Muskets won 3 games over the two days to set up a tense final against hosts the South London Pirates. In what proved to be an incredibly close game the Muskets ran out 10-9 winners, making them London Tournament Champions 2016. The 2016 South West Baseball League season has now come to a close and the Muskets have retained their title as division one champions, seeing out the year undefeated. The Musketoons continued to vie for the division two title until the final game of the season, unfortunately they were piped to the crown by the Exeter Spitfires, however the overall improvement from their debut season bodes well for next year.
The 2017 season saw the Muskets continue to field two teams in the SWBL, with the Muskets looking to retain their league title, while the newly named Musketeers hoped to continue their form from the 2016 season where they narrowly lost out in the second division to the Exeter Spitfires. Unfortunately the early season optimism for both teams didn’t materialise into performances on the field. The new league structure saw a dominant Bristol Badgers side take the Northern Conference and ultimately the league crown. There were positives for the club, a new home at Canonsgrove halls of residence and an influx of new players keen to get involved in the sport.
2018 has seen yet more changes for the Taunton Muskets Baseball Club, with the club taking the decision to focus on one team again. Currently the Muskets sit at the top of the Northern Conference, with a record of 4-1 with one more game before the mid season all star break on the 24th of June. The club hope to improve on their good start to this season and make a push for the championship game.
Looking forward to club will look to evolve and develop and hopefully the future will hold more success for everyone involved with the club.