His­toric win puts Heat at the top

Canning Times - - BOOKKEEPER (MYOB) -

PERTH Heat have shot to the top of the Aus­tralian Base­ball League stand­ings after claim­ing a his­toric 3-1 se­ries win over Gee­longKorea in Vic­to­ria.

After drop­ping the first game, the vis­i­tors re­bounded with a his­toric 23-2 win, break­ing the record for the largest win­ning mar­gin by an ABL team on the road.

They con­tin­ued their good form in the fi­nal two games, record­ing com­fort­able 15-2 and 9-5 vic­to­ries to se­cure top spot on the lad­der after eight games.

Gee­long-Korea started the se­ries per­fectly, record­ing their first win in the com­pe­ti­tion with a 7-1 win off the back of a strong start to the game.

Kwang-Min Kwon and Dae-Gun Kook put the hosts up 3-0 after two in­nings and the Kore­ans con­tin­ued their on­slaught in the third in­ning as they put up four more runs be­fore Carl Ch­ester hit a con­so­la­tion for the Heat.

Perth hit back in per­fect style dur­ing game two as Pete Kozma crossed the plate three times, while Tris­tan Gray, Carl Ch­ester, Alex Hall, Tim Ken­nelly, Adam Cour­cha and Jake Bowey all cleared the fence.

The Heat recorded 23 team hits, the most by any club this sea­son, as 19-yearold catcher Hall led the way with four.

Ken­nelly then made his­tory in game three, record­ing his 300th ca­reer hit in the ABL as Perth hit six runs in the se­cond in­ning to power them to an­other crush­ing vic­tory.

The vis­i­tors wrapped up the se­ries in game four CLARE­MONT Foot­ball Club’s Jor­dan Clark was the first of seven WA play­ers to have their dreams of join­ing an AFL team re­alised at this year’s AFL Draft.

The de­fender, who made the U18 All Aus­tralian squad and was named the WA team’s most valu­able player after a stel­lar show­ing at the AFL U18 Cham­pi­onships, will play for Gee­long after he was taken with pick 15.

Perth Foot­ball Club’s speedy small for­ward Ian Hill, the se­cond cousin of Fre­man­tle broth­ers Brad and Stephen, was picked up by Greater Western Syd­ney with pick 24.

Su­bi­aco Foot­ball Club’s Luke Fo­ley won’t have to travel very far to join his new team after West Coast snapped him up with pick 31.

Swan Dis­tricts Foot­ball Club’s Jar­rod Cameron, the younger brother of Bris­bane player Char­lie Cameron, will also join the Ea­gles after they used pick 39 on the cre­ative small for­ward.

East Fre­man­tle’s Tom Joyce was the first of two Fre­man­tle prod­ucts to be cho­sen and will head to the Bris­bane Lions after they used pick 40 to grab the Melville-raised mid­fielder with elite en­durance and clean hands.

Perth mid­fielder and Thorn­lie res­i­dent Luke English had his name called out by Rich­mond with pick 62, after South Fre­man­tle ma­ture-aged player Matthew Parker was taken by St Kilda with pick 47.

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