Heat taken out of champs
PERTH Heat have made a huge statement by defeating defending ABL champions Brisbane Bandits 3-1 in their four-game series in Queensland over the weekend.
After a 9-5 win in game 1, the Heat dropped game 2 107 before roaring back to form to claim the final two matches 13-8 and 13-4.
The series victory moved their record to 14-6 for the season, enough to give them the best record in the competition.
With game 1 tied at 5-5 heading into the ninth inning, Tristan Gray and Robbie Glendinning launched two-run home runs to hand Perth victory.
They had less luck in game 2 as a nine-run third inning cost the visitors dear, despite a late fightback.
However, the league’s top run-scorers showed their mettle in Sunday’s double-header, adding 13 runs in back-to-back games to claim the outright series win.
The Heat out-hit the Bandits 18-7 in a wild ballgame to take an initial 2-1 series lead, with World Series champion Pete Kozma fuelling Perth’s red-hot offence.
Perth took their momentum into the second game as Chris Betts and Carl Chester both hit three-run shots to put the Heat in command, while pitcher Nick Veale struck out a career-high eight batters on route to his third win of the year.
The Heat return to Perth Ballpark for a four-game series against fellow high-flyers Sydney Blue Sox, starting Friday.
Tristan Gray’s ninth inning home run put the Heat on top for good against the Bandits in game 1.