The 2021/22 Baseball WA State League 1 season got underway on Wednesday night as Gosnells Hawks and Victoria Park Belmont Reds took to the field at Empire Ballpark.
The Hawks couldn't hold up against the Reds as Vic Park won 10-1. Mathew Martin led the Reds to victory on the mound, allowing four hits and one run over six innings, striking out three and walking zero. Corey Brown threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Kane Silvi took the loss for Gosnells. The righthander lasted four and two-thirds innings, allowing five hits and seven runs while striking out four. Lee Wisby led the Hawks with two hits in three at bats.
The seven-run fifth was led by Jayden Mitchell's lead-off double and Jack Smalpage’s RBI single. Zac Meloncelli’s knocked in two runs on a base hit and Ryan Boyer doubled to bring in two more. Mitchell went on to add a third hit with a solo homer to start the seventh.
The Reds collected nine hits as Mitchell went 3-for-3 and Meloncelli had 4 RBIs. The winning side didn't commit a single error in the field as Smalpage led the way with six chances.
Gosnells return to Empire Ballpark Thursday night to take on the Braves while the Reds play Perth on Sunday.
Click HERE for full State League 1 fixtures and results, with 10 more games at Empire Ballpark over the weekend.