Heat secure playoff spot
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.