Both Bristol baseball teams won their games over the weekend.
In Leicester, the Badgers kept up their 100% winning start to the season by sweeping the Blue Sox in the latest double header.
The Badgers beat the Blue Sox 16-2 in the first game, dominating the Midlands club all over the field.
Shortstop Ben Smith grabbed the headlines with his bat, getting five hits in five at bats. The Eliasson twins continued their good form while first baseman George Braeger drove in three runs.
The second game was more of the same, with the Badgers running out 17-5 winners. Second baseman Ollie Lock had his best game of the season with two hits and two runs batted in.
The Badgers also ran wild on the base paths stealing 14 bases.
“It was good to end the first round of games with another win but we still have a long way to go and we need to maintain our performance levels,” said Rhodri Theaker, the Badgers assistant manager. “It was also good to see players making their first mark in the team and that bodes well for the rest of the season.”
The Bats game at Somerdale against St Austell Claycutters was a much tighter affair with the Bristol team winning a run fest 37-35.
Paul Carter, making his first start of the season, steadied the ship with two crucial innings of relief pitching. He also had a stellar day with the bat, with six hits and driving in eight runs.
Bats manager, Keith Weinberg, was back to his best at the plate with seven hits including two doubles.
“Offensively we were on form but we gave up too many walks and allowed them too many free bases,” said Richard Evans, assistant manager of the Bats. “Every member of the team showed great fight and character to defend a small lead in the ninth innings and it was good to get a second successive win.”
Next weekend the Badgers welcome Cambridge Monarchs to Somerdale while the Bats travel to Plymouth for a tough encounter with the Mariners.