Pirate Boys stun Jets to claim flag

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
The Pirate Boys are the Hedland Softball Association A grade champions.
Camera IconThe Pirate Boys are the Hedland Softball Association A grade champions. Credit: Alexander Scott

The Pirates Boys blasted their way to the Port Hedland Softball Association premiership with a dominant 14-6 victory over favourites Jets on September 14.

It was a slow start to the game, at the Marie Marland Reserve, with both teams scoring a run in the first inning.

The Boys took the lead in the second when Juan Franklin smashed a two-run home run.

Another two runs in the third inning gave the Boys a three-run lead going into the back half of the game.

It was in the fourth innings that the Boys took control of the game with a five-run inning including a two-run home run by Corey Bowins. The Jets responded in the bottom of the fourth adding three runs to their tally.

The Boys continued to extend their lead in the sixth inning before Franklin belted a second home run to cruise to victory 14-6.

Pirates Boys coach Ashliegh Christensen said the Boys stuck together throughout the year and deserved the win.

“We started the year back of the bottom order, finished fourth place and yet they came through and stuck together to go all the way,” he said.

Christensen said the hard-fought win over the Raiders in the preliminary final gave the team confidence.

“It taught them how to dig deep when it matters, you saw it again tonight, they stuck together when it mattered and pulled it off,” he said.

In the reserves grand final, PCYC crushed the undefeated Hawks in an upset win 12-3 to take the championship.

PCYC took control early in the game, scoring six runs in the first three innings while only conceding one.

It wasn’t long before Hawks responded, scoring two runs in the next two innings to cut the gap to three runs.

PCYC dug deep smashing four runs in the sixth innings before adding four runs in the final dig to remove any doubt about the result.

Kristy Montague starred for PCYC putting on a pitching clinic allowing only three runs from her seven innings pitched.

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