Heat taken out of champs

Wanneroo Times - - Sport -

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.

Pic­ture: SMP Im­ages

Tris­tan Gray’s ninth in­ning home run put the Heat on top for good against the Ban­dits in game 1.

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