Mayor opens baseball 2016 season
The Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Mark Reed, got proceedings underway at the ballpark at Warley with the customary first pitch of the 2016 season as Brentwood Stags took on the might, of Daws Hill Spitfires, a High Wycombe based team.
The Stags new look squad had trouble keeping pace with the much fancied Spitfires and ultimately paid the price of not being able to field as many experienced seasoned players as they wished, however the many rookies that Brentwood fielded gave a superb account of themselves. They pressured the Spitfires into many errors for a two inning spell, which saw the Stags cross the home plate four times causing the Spitfires to completely rethink their pitching strategy. Despite Brentwood putting the brakes on the Spitfires, the damage had been done too early in the game to make a major impact as many of the hit, which looked likely to stir a come back, were intercepted or caught by the improving, and now tighter, Spitfires. Some fine rookie performances were noted from the Stags young energetic team, namely Scott Freeman, Luke Maguire and Don McDiamid. Lead off pitcher, Dave Evans, for the Stags gave a brave performance despite his back injury. The closing pitcher, Tom Keegan, attempted to calm the storm with a degree of success. The game ended 24 - 4 to the Spitfires.
Glen Robertson, Assistant Head Coach and catcher was pleased to have bloodied so many youngsters and rookies but will be eager to correct the heavy score line when the teams next meet.