Marlins & Martians win big as second round of Geraldton Softball Association season tees off

Dion HarrisonGeraldton Guardian
Paul Valenti connects for Rams in front of catcher Josh Thompson and umpire Gareth Coker.
Camera IconPaul Valenti connects for Rams in front of catcher Josh Thompson and umpire Gareth Coker. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

Round two of the Geraldton Softball Association’s season teed off over the weekend.

Juniors hit the field on Thursday night and put up some big numbers before the seniors played on Friday and Saturday.

Midwest Marlins beat Bulldogs 18-0 on Thursday, and in the second game Martians got on the board with a 14-7 victory over Blaze.

The A-grade men had the earlier fixture on Saturday, and Suiside had a double-header.

Suiside’s first game was against a youthful Rams missing pitcher Dean Pascoe and catcher Shane Clark, which forced Rams coach Paul Valenti to improvise.

Suiside won 4-1, thanks to a two-run homer by Dylan Percy.

For Rams, there were only three hitters — Valenti, Jake Chapman and Dion Harrison.

Suiside’s best were Dylan Percy, who is lightning quick around the base path, and Cooper Jefferies.

Going into the second game, Suiside took on a solid-looking Martians outfit who welcomed back Tane Brott from work.

Dylan Percy led the young Suiside team, hitting a second home run of the day, this time inside the diamond.

Suiside hit the lead and never looked back, with Cooper Jefferies solid in the middle and not allowing much offence from the Martians’ line-up.

The win keeps Suiside on top of the ladder with three wins from three. Rams are 1-1, and in second, and Martians are 0-3.

Next week Rams will have the double-header on Friday at 6pm and 8pm.

In the women’s, Rams played their first match of the season with a new-look outfit against Suiside.

The 15-13 win was a 21/2-hour slugfest as Rams would pull away but then let Suiside back into the game with too many walks.

Rams showed a team effort, with several players having multiple hits, but a combined nine RBI’s from Erin Dawson and Amanda Cook helped the cause.

Suiside’s best was Caitlin Mundy, who hit a controversial inside-the-park home run with most saying the ball went foul — regardless, it was a well-hit four-bagger.

In the middle for Rams, Sam Greenfield pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits and 13 runs. In the second game, Midwest Marlins went on another hitting fest, beating Pis 14-4 and sitting on top of the ladder.

Next week, B-grade men play at 1pm and 3 pm.

Women’s B-grade results

Blaze 30-5 Rams

Suiside 14-12 Marlins

Pis 20- 7 Martians Black

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