Historic win puts Heat at the top
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.