Geraldton softball round 11 preview: Suiside face double-header including a grand final rematch against Rams

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian
Cooper Jefferies swings for Suiside.
Camera IconCooper Jefferies swings for Suiside. Credit: Narelle Lucas/Narelle Lucas

Top team Suiside are looking to run away with the division lead when they face the Rams in a rematch of last year’s grand final.

Currently, the division one men’s table shows Suiside with a significant lead at the top of the ladder, six points clear of Martians in second place.

Dylan Percy’s Bulldogs face a double-header against Batavia Blaze and Rams on Saturday, which could potentially extend their lead at the end of the round.

The Rams have struggled for form this year, and they need to be on top of their game if they want to stop the offensive play of Suiside during the grand final rematch.

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Dean Pascoe showed some good pitching form in the last round against Martians, and they have plenty of talent at bat.

The Blaze have admitted to using this season as a learning experience, with the hope that their key players are fit and ready to take on Suiside and Martians in their double-header on Saturday.

Eli Etherton, Sean Thompson, and Mason Heta have all performed well for the Blaze, and the team itself has improved with every game.

It’s the Rams that have surged ahead this season in the division one ladies, with 10 wins from 10 games.

The ladder leaders take on Pi’s Panthers on Saturday afternoon, who have struggled for form this season.

Natalie Wisewould has led from the pitcher’s mound, and Selina Kiddle, among others, has batted well, but too many errors on the field have cost the Pi’s ladies the lead in many games.

Only two points separate the rest of the ladder, with Suiside having a double-header against Martians and Marlins on Friday.

It could see the Lady Bulldogs push to make their bid for the second-place spot on the ladder.

Marlins have had the better of Suiside in their last two meetings, with 15-0 and 12-5 victories under Les Purcell’s team name.

In men’s division two games, ladder leaders Suiside have a double-header against Martians Red and Black.

With two more possible wins, the Suiside men could find themselves six points clear of Blaze, who play Martians Red in their other game of the double-header, while the Rams take on Gunduwa.

In division two women’s games, the ladder only has 14 points separating the top three sides, with Suiside only one point ahead of Marlins in second.

Suiside takes on Pi’s, and Martians host Marlins, with both games taking place on Saturday afternoon.

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