Pi’s women continued their good run with a convincing win against Suiside before squeaking past the Rams in their double-header at Utakarra ballpark on Saturday. Pi’s beat Suiside by the mercy rule in blustery conditions, Shannon Drew hitting a superb home run in the third inning. Pi’s player Natalie Wisewould was full of praise for her teammate. “Shannon has stepped up to Div 1 this season and had some solid batting and hit an awesome home run,” she said. “She’s really sealed her position in Div 1.” Pi’s also defeated Rams 15-14 in a marathon game lasting over 2 hours. It looked as if Rams had the upper hand after a five-run second inning but Pi’s showed great patience to emerge victorious. In contrast to their superior running game which they have relied on so far this season, Pi’s were happy to swing and the Rams could not find easy outs as Pi’s would keep racking up foul balls until one was in their arc or they got a walk. The Rams lacked the patience to hang in there at bat and were not helped by a disappointing day in the field, making eight errors They did still have hitting power with Kate Harrison, Stacey Dershow and Kristi March all keeping Rams in the game but Pi’s dragged out the win. Suiside women suffered more disappointment in their other game, with Martians thumping them in a 14-3 spectacle of softball skill. Martians winning on the mercy rule in the fourth inning when Suiside fell apart, making multiple errors and allowing Martians to score eight runs. Pam Micke scored a double and a triple, batting powerful drives past third base. Despite the losses coach Rob Mundy was pleased with the team’s progress. “They continue to improve in the offensive part of the game, bringing runs over the plate,” he said. In Division 1 men’s Martians held on with a 5-4 win over Suiside and Nik Valenti starred with the bat, finding the fence off a powerful hit. Deon Drage and Kynan Legget combined superbly to throw out Suisides’ Cooper Jefferies in a double play at home plate to seal the match. Drage was outstanding all game, taking four catches, two safe hits and a sacrifice fly. Although beaten, Suiside still showed signs reminiscent of their grand final winning season. Coach Dylan Percy was optimistic after the game. “Liam Meharry pitched a blinder of a game only allowing Martians to score five runs and he continues to impress with his growth and development,” he said. “The boy’s offence is slowly getting there as everyone put bat to ball and gave themselves every chance to get on base.” In the Division 2 men’s games Rams Blue 11 defeated Martians Black, 5 while Batavia Blaze faced Suiside finishing 10-9 for the Blaze. Coach Adam Gilchrist was pleased with his team’s performance. “It was a great team effort with Eli Etherton closing out the game with his pitching 3 dig, (inning) no hitter and a home run by Giff Shane and Gareth Hughs,” he said. Rams White versus Midwest Marlins finished with Marlins losing a well-earned lead late in the game. They fell behind to the Rams at the fourth inning. In the Division 2 women’s games Pi’s defeated Martians Black 13-3. Pi’s better players were Natasha Harradine with four singles and Brooke Chaplyn who got two double-baggers, (two bases ran). Martians Black defeated Midwest Marlins 10-8. Tamarra Jupp with three single hits and Candee Leggett who managed one triple bag hit, stood out for Martians while Marlins’ Ava Gould pitched an excellent game, but fielding ultimately let the team down. Batavia Blaze and Suiside was a tight game with Blaze winning 11 to 10 as rookie Summer Palmer continued to impress with her partnership with Helen Etherton in the pitcher/catcher combo.