(L-R) Jordan Nichols and Harley Jones were the Brunels’ offensive and defensive MVPs on Saturday. Photo by Laura Wehner.

Infielders Jordan Nichols and Ash Day kickstarted the Brunels offense to a sweep of Bournemouth Bears 3 at the weekend. The Bristol team ran out 21-9 winners in the first game of their BBF/SWWBL A double header and maintained their form to take the second 17-7.

The pair notched up seven hits, five RBI and five runs between them, while Nichols completed a double play in the field. Outfielders Justin Trory and Ryan Harris also contributed with the bat with four hits and seven runs.

Trory also did well in the second game with another two hits and an RBI as the Brunels took advantage of the Bournemouth pitchers at Ferndown Leisure Centre. The Brunels ran amok on the bases too, stealing 14 during the second game. Debutant Harley Jones pulled off the defensive play of the day with a stunning leaping catch to end the game.

“It was a real team performance which showed our character after the heartbreak of opening day,” said Alex Lane-Kieltyka, the Brunels manager. “I was particularly pleased with our discipline at the plate and the fact we made just the one fielding error.”

Buccaneers assistant manager Charlie Deeks admires his handiwork as the ball evades the sprawling Taunton fielder for Deeks 4th hit of the day.
Photo by Fu Lam.

At Somerdale on the Sunday, the Bristol Buccaneers took on last year’s SWWBL beaten finalists and came close to winning both games. The Buccaneers went down 11-10 in the first game, not being able to take advantage of runners in scoring positions during the final inning.

Charlie Deeks and Wai Fu Lam both had multi-hit games with three hits each but four fielding errors cost the Buccaneers five runs in the penultimate inning.

The second game was dominated by pitchers with each side only managing seven hits in total. Pitchers Jake Boyer and Santiago Palmos were too strong for the Taunton side and struck out eight Muskets between them as the Buccaneers recorded a comfortable 10-3 victory.

“It was good to get the split but we really had the first game in the palm of our hands and failed to capitalise at the crucial moment,” said Buccaneers manager, Michael Buser. “It was a shame our fielding wasn’t as tight as it should be but I know the team is committed to putting that aspect of our game right.”

Next up: the Badgers travel to Cardiff for their second BBF AAA fixture, while the Bats hit the road to take on Guildford Mavericks in their BBF AA doubleheader. The Buccaneers and Brunels are both at Somerdale on Sunday and welcome the two Cornish sides, the Pioneers and Claycutters, for their next round of fixtures. Both games start at 12 noon.