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Old enemies hit off for charity
Steven Wrigglesworth, Benn Watson and Adam Holt. Picture: Iain Gillespie/The West Australian

Two of WA baseball's oldest enemies put their differences aside on Sunday and joined forces to fight a common foe.

The Perth Mets and Morley Eagles have had many spiteful encounters over the years, but they agreed to bury the hatchet for a day at Inglewood Oval.

The clubs used their rivalry - and the hundreds of spectators it attracts - to fund research, prevention and support programs for breast and gynaecological cancers.

Morley won the Moyle-Malcolm Cup 1-0 but both teams celebrated a moral victory, drawing 800 fans and raising thousands of dollars for the Cancer Council.

While the Eagles consolidated their position on top of the State league table, the battle on the pitch took a backseat to a more serious battle being waged by loved ones in the crowd.

Perth's designated hitter Steven Wrigglesworth used his pink bat with pride in support of his mother Lynne as she undergoes cancer treatment.

His teammate and second baseman Benn Watson is in a similar position after his mother Rhonda was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Mets head coach Jason Oliphant said the players threw the event together in a fortnight and were thrilled by the response.

"We sold 32 pink bats, we did raffles and we had an official Cancer Council stall there," he said.

"Between the clubs we raised $5000."

He said Baseball WA planned to turn the fixture into a league-wide round from next season.