The weather and some tough losses marred the weekend for Bristol Baseball Club.
The Badgers, Bobcats and Buccaneers all lost their double headers while the Bats and Brunels were rained off.
The Badgers went down 11-3 and 16-11 to the SW Rebeldes in their British Baseball Federation (BBF) double header in Saltford.
The understrength Badgers fought hard against tough opposition with Rhodri Theaker, George Braeger, Paul Gardiner and Rich Green having multi-hit games.
In his last game for the club, outfielder Billy Garrett produced some good work in the field taking a spectacular catch up against the outfield fence.
“Despite missing two of our front line pitchers, we fought hard and came up just short in the second game against a powerful Rebeldes line up,” said player coach Rhodri Theaker. “I was delighted that we responded well after the first game and it was in the balance until the final inning.”
On Saturday, the Bobcats travelled to Farnham Park near Slough for the fourth round of the Women’s Baseball League (WBL).
The Bobcats were up against stiff opposition in the Belles and London Mayhem and went down 14-10 and 13-9.
Infielder Becky Cottrell and pitcher Denise Grant put in great performances to win the team’s MVP award on the day.
“We fought hard in every inning against probably the two top sides and it was good to see the commitment and effort from the team, “ said Molly Willcox, the Bobcats’ player manager.
A long journey to Bournemouth, produced heartbreak for the Buccaneers as they took on the Bears A in the South West & Wales (SWWBL) A League.
After going down 15-4 in the first game, the Bristol team came within one run of securing victory in the second, eventually losing 15-14.
Josh Williams-Trim, Jake Harris and Phil Midgley were solid with the bat with Harris scoring three runs and three RBIs in game two.
“Despite the losses, we have been close to winning a lot of games this season and if we can bring everything together as a team, I am confident that the elusive win will not be far away,” said player manager Phil Midgley.
The club resumes its season this weekend with the Badgers away to BC Vetra at Saltford while the Buccaneers take on the title chasing Bristol Bats in a club derby at Somerdale Pavilion.
The Brunels host the Cornish Claycutters also at Somerdale. All games start at 12 noon.