Infielder Sam Stainsby slides in to score the Brunels first run on Sunday.

Bristol Brunels out hit the New Forest Thunder Knights on Sunday but eventually went down 12-5 and 8-7 in their BBF/SWWBL A double header.

Despite the Brunels racking up 13 hits across both games compared to three by the Thunder Knights, the Bristol team’s pitchers gave up 22 walks which allowed the New Forest offense to get on base and score consistently in both games.

Good fielding from the Brunels, including a solo double play from shortstop Sam Stainsby, did restrict the Thunder Knights early in the first game, but the free bases allowed the New Forest team to score their 12 runs. For the Brunels, second baseman Rich Evans went three for three at the plate while MVP Rob Horne, outfielders Justin Trory and Alex Lane-Kieltyka drove in three runs between them.

Rob Horne claimed the Brunels MVP award for his timely hitting and some great defensive plays at first base.

The second game was much tighter with the Brunels coming back from a 5-1 deficit after the first inning to get within one run by the end. Matt Dunkley-Roberts returned to form with two hits and two runs driven in while catcher Michele Botta provided more offensive support, going two for two at the plate and driving in two runs.

“They were two good, hard fought games and our fielding and batting continue to improve each time we step on the field,” said Alex Lane-Kieltyka who was managing the Brunels for the day. “However we really need to make sure our pitchers give up less walks which just give the opposition free bases and more chances to score. This is definitely something we will be looking at on the training field.”

Next up:
Rain washed out the Bats BBF AA fixture against the Guildford Mavericks which was scheduled at Somerdale Pavilion but they travel to Bracknell next Sunday for their match against the Inferno.

Next weekend, the Bristol Buccaneers return to action with a trip to take on the Bournemouth Bears hoping to secure two wins that will keep them in contention for a playoff spot.

The Badgers also hit the road on Sunday with an away BBF AAA fixture against the Essex Redbacks.