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Old Heat v New Heat recap
Generations of Perth Heat baseballers unite in WA baseball legend Greg Jelks' honour
11/07/2017 9:32 PM ET
 

IN a night of celebration for West Australian baseball, the Perth Heat ran out 8-2 winners over an Old Heat outfit in a charity game for the Greg Jelks Development Fund on Saturday.

The 2,270 strong crowd paid tribute to Jelks, who passed away in January, aged 55.

Perth Heat coach Andy Kyle says it was a great night for the fans to show their support for Jelks.

"Jelksy was such a big part of the development of baseball in WA and it's great that so many people came out to support us," he said.

The Heat, who had new import Alex Boshers on the mound started strongly and never looked back - scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Boshers, fresh from arriving in Perth from Tennessee on Wednesday showed no signs of jet-lag as he struck out five batters in three innings.

The Heat extended their lead in the bottom of the third inning when rookie Jack Smallpage's blooper into shallow right field scored Tim Kennelly to make it 4-0, before a throwing error in the bottom of the fourth by Old Heat catcher Chris House added another run.

Smallpage finished the evening with three runs batted in (RBIs) as he staked his claim for extended playing time in 2017-18.

A base hit to Jason Hewitt, the founder of the Greg Jelks Development Fund sparked the Old Heat into life, however, before Mitch Graham turned back the clock to drive in Corey Adamson to close the game to 5-1.

All hopes of an Old Heat comeback were dashed shortly after however when Luke Hughes launched a two-run home run to left field to put the game out of reach.

"I was lucky enough to hit a grand slam when I wore Jelksy's number against Sydney last season, so to hit another home run tonight was special," Hughes said.

"We haven't seen this many people down at the ballpark since we were in the championship series a few years ago."

"Jason Hewitt and Dean White have done a fantastic job putting this event together."

The top of the eighth saw event organiser Dean White draw a walk in his only at-bat for the night before the Old Heat pulled another run back off Jake Bowey's pitching.

"I'm just happy I didn't hurt myself - it was my first at-bat in a while," White said.

It would be the Heat who had the last laugh, however, with Tim Kennelly hitting an RBI single to score Jess Williams for the 18-year-old's second run of the night.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.