BASEBALL: HALTON Polecats Bronco League registered a couple of wins over Runcorn Jets on Saturday.
Although the Jets are a young, developing side, they showed signs of improvement against a more experienced Halton.
Jets went down 6-14 and 6-15 but their pitchers gain experience with every game.
Jets' next game is on Saturday at Cartmel, and Runcorn's rookie team is due to host its first tournament at Halton Sports Club on the same day.
Despite superb displays, Halton Polecats' Pony League team were twice beaten by the All-American RAF Menwith Hill.
However, the game of the weekend was undoubtedly the Halton Jaguars' Sunday clash against Barnsley Strikers in the BBF Senior League.
Barnsley scored two off Halton's Nick Bustin in the first and despite Jags' lead off-hitter Colin Walton reaching on a walk, Barnsley's Sparrow dismissed the next three to protect his team's lead.
In response, Bustin found his groove to strike out the visitors in order.
Short-stop Tyler Mattler, having reached on a single, was batted in by Harry Mills' single. But Strikers had a one-run lead after two.
Halton gave up only one run in the third before two quick outs, involving Jags' third baseman Tom Warwick.
In the bottom of the third, Colin Walton doubled and then scored on Ben Sultana's double. Sultana scored on Mattler's single while Warwick was batted in by Bustin.
The Jags were in the lead after three and this advantage was never relinquished due to solid defence and tenacious pitching by Bustin.
Barnsley were kept scoreless in the fourth while Jags replied with six through RBIs to Sultana, Mattler, Bustin and Mills.
Catcher Mills and pitcher Bustin each recorded three hits and three RBIs in five at bats. Mattler also recorded three hits.
Bustin tired in the fifth and Barnsley cut the deficit, but he found greater reserves in the sixth and a superb three-up-three-down seventh to give the Jags victory on the slaughter rule.
Walton's decisive double scored Chris Hartley and Nick Bustin.