Heat take bite out off Adelaide, retain shield
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.”