The Midwest Marlins go into the new year break at second on the ladder after a 15-0 mercy rule victory over Suiside on Saturday. The Marlins regain fine form in division one of the women’s, as Les Purcell’s ladies efficiently ended Suiside’s hopes of victory in just three innings. Ava Gould collected four hits from four at-bats, while Zoe Purcell, Kyria Lumley, and Taryn Purcell all excelled on offence. Player and coach Taryn Purcell pitched one of the best games of her short career, with zero safe hits and no runs given up. “We are feeling confident coming back into the new year after ending on a win like that, it was a good win in 45 minutes,” Purcell said. “Suiside is on the climb with a good mix of young and older girls, my girls are good enough to finish strong in the back half of the season.” Pi’s Panthers had a great win to finish the year, defeating Martians in a closely fought battle, 17-15. The match was neck and neck until the last few innings when fielding errors from Martians allowed Pi’s to take advantage and secure the win. Sandra Watts was solid on the pitcher’s mound for the winners, with Natalie Wisewould and Kylie Morgan in great form for Pi’s. Chloe Leggett and Pamela Micke also performed well for Martians, contributing to scoring runs and taking catches in the field. In men’s division one, it was another decisive win for ladder leaders Suicide, as they dismantled the Rams, securing a 7-0 mercy-rule victory. Jy Thurstun remained in good form, hitting a triple, and pitcher Cooper Jefferies played well on the mound with only two hits against him. Coach Dylan Percy said his team bounced back and showed up despite being down on numbers. “After going down to Rams last week, we had something to prove and wanted to get that one back, with only nine players as a few key players were away, the team stepped up and played their roles,” he said. “As a coach, I’m happy with where we stand to finish the first half of the season as we look to continue into next year.” Rams had a better showing in their second game of the double header, beating Blaze 13-9, with Fletcher Harrison, Dean Pascoe, and Dion Harrison all performing well for the winners. The men’s division two games saw Midwest Marlins suffer two defeats across the week, losing 12-6 against Gundawa on Wednesday and 24-3 against Martians Red on Saturday. Gundawa also suffered a loss to Blaze, going down 18-2 on Saturday afternoon. Rams had a decent week, holding Suicide to a 3-3 draw and beating Martians Black 16-6. In women’s division two, Marlins lost 4-7 against Pi’s Panthers, while Suiside had a 21-11 victory against Martians. In division three games, Gundawa pulled off a great win over Martians, winning 16-4, and Blaze rolled over Rams 23-2.