Fielding errors cost the Bristol Bats dear in their BBF AA game against Guildford Mavericks on Sunday. Despite scoring two runs in the first inning, the Bats were constantly playing catch up against a strong Guildford side, and crucial errors allowed the Mavericks to stretch their lead and run out 16-6 winners.
Third baseman Chris D’Angelo and catcher Tim Singiser were the only Bats who had multi-hit games with four hits and three runs between them. Despite the result, the Bats remain just one game behind the Mavericks who lead the BBF AA South West Division.
“It was a disappointing day and whilst we were short of some regular players, our fielding was below the standard we expect and made life difficult for our pitchers Sean Wilkins and Jake Boyer,” said Alex Brown, the Bats assistant manager. “Both pitched really well and Sam Kaiser made an impressive AA debut for us with some nice plays in right field.”
All the Bristol teams are off this coming weekend as Major League Baseball brings the Chicago Cubs and St Louis Cardinals to London for a two game series at the London Stadium.
The following weekend, the Badgers welcome the Bournemouth Bears to Somerdale on Sunday for their BBF AAA clash while the Bats travel to Richmond.
In the BBF/SWWBL A division, the Buccaneers host Wessex Division leaders the Weston Jets, while the Brunels travel to Cardiff for a tough double header against unbeaten Severn Division leaders, Merlins I.
The club’s women’s team are in action on Saturday 1st July at Somerdale in the next round of the BBF Women’s Baseball League, when they take on Belles Baseball and London Mayhem.