Heat se­cure play­off spot

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport -

PERTH Heat have se­cured their Aus­tralian Base­ball League play­off spot af­ter claim­ing a com­pre­hen­sive 3-1 se­ries win over Gee­longKorea at Perth Ball­park.

Two em­phatic vic­to­ries, ei­ther side of a hard-fought, low-scor­ing win, sealed the host’s spot in the post-sea­son, de­spite a 13-10 loss in game four.

The Heat need to at least match Mel­bourne’s record against Auck­land next week­end to as­sure them­selves of a home semi-fi­nal.

Perth started the se­ries on fire, scor­ing six runs in each of the first two in­nings en route to 15-7 vic­tory in game one.

They then had their pitch­ers to thank in a nail­bit­ing shutout win in game two as Nick Veale tossed six shutout in­nings and young­ster Josh Rawl­in­son claimed his first ABL win with three score­less in- nings. The teams were dead­locked in the sev­enth in­ning be­fore Ul­rich Bo­jarski and Rob­bie Glendin­ning scored to seal vic­tory.

Perth then flexed their mus­cles in game three as Tris­tan Gray hit two home­runs and fin­ished with seven RBIS to record a 19-1 thrash­ing.

Glendin­ning and Pete Kozma scored three runs each and Carl Ch­ester and Josh Green­ham both had two RBIS

The se­ries did end on a dis­ap­point­ing note, how­ever, as they fell to an ex­train­nings loss that saw them fall out of top spot in the South-west Con­fer­ence.

Tied 8-8 head­ing into the 10th, Gee­long-korea added five more runs to avoid the sweep, de­spite two home runs from Bo­jarski.

The Heat travel to Can­berra next week to take on the Cav­alry.

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