Bristol Buccaneers won their first games of the season with two fighting victories over the Taunton Muskets while Seyi Awofadeju hit three home runs for the Badgers in their losses to SW Rebeldes.
The Buccaneers won their double header 16-10 and 21-16 with Jake Harris putting in an MVP performance at Victoria Park in Taunton.
As well as pitching seven innings, Harris was productive at the plate with four RBIs, three runs and five hits.
He was supported by Dani Searson, Henry Mcnamara and Josh Williams-Trim who all had multiple hit games.
The Buccaneers offense sprung into life at the right times in both games, scoring six runs in the fifth inning of the first game and 12 in the same inning in the second.
“The whole team responded so well to claim our first wins of the season,” said player manager Josh Williams-Trim. “Jake was outstanding but it was a real team effort particularly when we needed runs.”
Seyi Awofadeju hit three home runs and was the star of the Badgers AAA double header against SW Rebeldes despite the Bristol team going down 10-5 and 17-16 at Saltford on Sunday.
Both games were close with Rebeldes scoring late on to put both games out of reach of the Badgers who made costly errors in the field.
As well as Awofadeju, who drove in seven runs, Rhodri Theaker and Sampson Yuen performed well at the plate.
George Braeger, Mattia Papini and Carlson Charles also provided some power with their bats, hitting five doubles between them in the second game.
“They were two close and hard fought games which could have been won if we had cut down on the errors,” said player manager Rhodri Theaker. “Seyi was on fire all afternoon and it was pleasing to see Carlson and Mattia swinging effectively at the plate.”
The Brunels and Bats fixtures were cancelled due to the weather.
The Bristol Bobcats travel to London on Saturday for the final round of the national women’s tournament taking on Sheffield Bruins and Telford 26ers.
Next Sunday, the Bats take on the Brunels in the rearranged derby and theBuccaneers will host the Cornish Claycutters. Both games are at Somerdale Pavilion in Keynsham and start at 12 noon.