Heat hits back at Bite

Joondalup Times - - SPORT -

PERTH Heat poured in an avalanche of runs to come back from two games down and tie their away se­ries against Ade­laide Bite in the Aus­tralian Base­ball League.

Af­ter drop­ping the first two games of the se­ries, the vis­i­tors re­bounded to score an in­cred­i­ble 30 runs over the fi­nal two games to square the se­ries and im­prove to 9-3 for the season.

They have scored 112 runs from 126 hits.

In the first game, a Markus Sol­bach-in­spired Ade­laide recorded a 3-0 shutout at the Di­a­mond Sports Com­plex as the Ger­man pitcher struck out 14 bat­ters across seven score­less in­nings.

The Heat were held to just five hits as they were shutout for the first time this season, be­fore they came ag­o­nis­ingly close to squar­ing the ledger in a 3-2 loss in game 2.

Perth came out swing­ing, but the Bite struck first as Ste­fan Welch and Jor­dan McAr­dle ham­mered fourthin­ning home runs to give the hosts a 3-0 lead.

The Heat hit back im­me­di­ately as vet­eran Tim Ken­nelly launched a two-run blast of his own to bring Perth within a run, but they were un­able to tie the game.

It was a dif­fer­ent story in game 3, as Perth’s hit­ters found form to lead them to a

17-5 win, sparked by tworun hits from Peter Kozma and Carl Ch­ester.

The Heat picked up where they left off in game

4, as Nick Veale tossed six shutout in­nings and the of­fence stayed hot to record a

13-1 win.

Pic­ture: SMP Images

Tim Ken­nelly in ac­tion against Ade­laide Bite.

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