Brunels young pitchers, Charlie Turner and Jake Boyer guided the Bristol Brunels to a thrilling 9-8 victory over Weston Jets in the first game of Sunday’s double header.
Turner, aged 16, struck out seven Jets in his three and two thirds innings pitched to keep the Brunels in contention going into the last inning just one run behind.
The young pitcher then drove in a run before player of the day Denise Grant, stole home to give the Bristol team a one run lead.
14 year old Boyer then shut out the Jets and backed by great fielding to give the Brunels the 9-8 win.
The second game was equally tight with the Jets eventually winning 11-10 after both teams scored heavily in last inning.
Michael Buser was strong at the plate with two hits including a double. Coral Pike and Becky Cottrell also drove in crucial runs .
Grant and Turner stole crucial bases to keep the Brunels in front going into the last inning before the Jets got going with their bats to claim the narrow victory.
“I am really proud of the way Charlie and Jake pitched against a strong Jets lineup and also the way everyone on the team performed over the two games,” said assistant manager and player Buser. “There was some great defensive plays and we were aggressive on the bases. The result is a tribute to hard the team works at training.”
The Buccaneers faced a daunting trip to Cardiff to take on the unbeaten Merlins I.
Last years champions proved too strong for the Bristol team and won the double header 15-1 and 14-5.
The Buccaneers found it tough against the Cardiff pitchers in the first game but had more success in the second.
Infielder Linnea Kaye drove in two runs with Sam Stainsby the main beneficiary, crossing the plate three time.
“The Merlins are a very good side and it was always going to be a tough afternoon,” said player manager Josh Williams-Trim. “Our effort never waivered and we made some great defensive plays.”
The Bobcats are back in BBF Womens Baseball League action next Saturday when they take on defending champions Belles Baseball at Somerdale Pavilion.
On Sunday, Badgers take a trip to Bournemouth for a crucial BBF AAA fixture while the Bats travel to Cornwall for their next BBF/SWWBL A doubleheader. The Buccaneers welcome Cardiff Merlins II to Somerdale.