The Badgers and Bats both swept their respective opponents in Keynsham at the weekend.
In the BBF AAA match up, the Bristol Badgers fought back to beat SW Rebeldes 14-8 and 18-2 to go top of the BBF south west division.
The Badgers were down 7-1 at the end of the first inning of the first game before fighting back to overwhelm the Rebeldes pitchers.
The offense exploded in the sixth inning with six unanswered runs to support pitcher Luke Claflin who struck out six opposing batters.
Claflin and infielder Doug Scriver led the way with eight hits, six runs and five runs driven in between them. Catcher Rhod Theaker and shortstop Mattia Papini also produced hits at crucial times.
The Badgers took control of the second game after wracking up 15 runs across the third and fourth innings.
Catcher Tom Hollies hit a triple and drove in four runs while Scriver, Claflin and pitcher Mike Osborn hit doubles to put the game out of reach of the Taunton-based team.
“We showed real guts to fight back in the first game, keeping the scoreboard ticking over before putting everything together in the sixth,” said player/coach Rhod Theaker.
The Bats walked off the Weston Jets 13-12 and 8-7 in two thrilling BBF/SWWBL A clashes at Somerdale Pavilion.
Despite being up 10-5 at the top of the final inning, the Bats found themselves two runs behind after the Jets scored seven runs.
After Alex Brown pulled one back, outfielder Ayo Salawu hit a big double to drive in the two required runs.
The second game was closer with the Bats going behind early before being levelling up they started the final inning.
Michael Comport hit a single to drive in first baseman Billy Garrett to claim the victory. Comport also hit two rare triples on a multi-hit afternoon. Sean Wilkins struck out 10 Jets during his five innings on the mound.
“They were two tense games but our composure at the end was fantastic,” said Bats player/manager Neptali Ortega-Gutiérrez.
Over in Cardiff, the Brunels took on Merlins I, the defending SWWBL champions.
The champions pitching proved too strong despite the Brunels trading hits and runs in the first game winning 11-4 and 15-0.
“It was always going to be a tough afternoon but we fought hard,” said Richard Evans, the Brunels player/manager. “There were some great performances particularly from Tom Maclennan, who caught both games, and Alex Lane-Kieltyka, who was outstanding in centre field.”
This weekend, the Badgers travel to Richmond to take on the Knights and the Bats take on the Muskets in Taunton.
The Buccaneers return to action with a home fixture against Bournemouth Bears A at Somerdale Pavilion.