The Taunton Muskets proved too strong for the Bristol Bats, running out out 23-9 winners in the opening game of the South West Baseball League (SWBL) season.

Both teams scored regularly early on but 10 Taunton runs in the seventh inning put the result beyond doubt.

“It was disappointing to lose but there was some extremely positive aspects on the day and there is still a lot of baseball to be played,” said Keith Weinberg, manager of the Bristol Bats. “I am confident that we will learn from our experience and put things right for the next game.”

Despite the loss there were several good performances from Bats players.

Outfielder Paul Gardiner was strong at the plate and showed good speed running the bases while rookie Josh Williams-Trim had an error free defensive day.

Infielders Alex Brown and Rich Evans both put in good displays with the bat, glove and on the bases.

Next Sunday, the Bats travel to Newton Abbot to take on the Brewers looking for a win.

The Bristol Badgers will be away at the Cambridge Monarchs for a double header to start their AA British Baseball Federation (BBF) campaign.

“This season is going to be a big challenge for the Badgers but we have prepared well and will be looking to put in a good performance,” said Tom Hollies, manager of the Badgers. “We have a strong roster and are looking forward to pitching our skills against the teams in the national Central Division.”

Muskets and Bats after the opening fixture of the SWBL