Heat take bite out off Ade­laide, re­tain shield

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Comedy -

THE Perth Heat won the Clax­ton Shield for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year with a 12-5 win over the Ade­laide Bite last Sun­day.

It was the fourth time in five years the team had taken out the Aus­tralian Base­ball League grand fi­nal.

Perth lev­elled the cham­pi­onship se­ries with a tenth-in­ning win in the sec­ond game of the se­ries on Satur­day night af­ter los­ing the open­ing game on Fri­day.

Perth scored early and of­ten in the fi­nal game, be­gin­ning from the first in­ning.

Af­ter Joey Wong walked to lead off, Tim Ken­nelly lashed a two-run home run to left field to put the Heat ahead 2-0 be­fore the Bite could record an out.

Ken­nelly drove in three runs over the nine innings, and went 2for-6 at the plate.

Perth pulled away fur­ther in the next frame, putting up a four- spot on RBI dou­bles from Brian Pointer and Ken­nelly, and a tworun home run off the bat of Tim Smith.

De­spite trail­ing early, the Bite still showed some fight as the con­test wore on, claw­ing back for three runs in the bot­tom of the fourth frame.

Perth’s Luke Hughes put the game out of reach with a three­run homer in the top of the sev­enth.

Vet­eran catcher Al­lan de San Miguel went 1-for-4 on the night and earned the se­ries Most Valu­able Player award.

“It’s a pretty spe­cial mo­ment for my ca­reer out here in Australia,” de San Miguel said.

“It’s been a hell of a year. We’ve had our ups and downs and ad­ver­sity, and to come through with that clutch hit last night and win tonight, it’s a spe­cial mo­ment.”

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