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Bite go two-up
11/13/2010 12:09 AM ET
Another fine hitting performance from Ben Wigmore
Another fine hitting performance from Ben Wigmore (SIA Images)

Adelaide ETSA Bite continued its good start to the Australian Baseball League season with a 7-4 win over Melbourne Aces at Norwood Oval last night.

The standout player was veteran pitcher Darren Fidge, who threw eight complete innings for the Bite, giving up just three hits while striking out seven batters.

Melbourne was first to score, when with two out in the second frame, Takahiro Ijyuin walked, Matt Lawman singled, Grant Karlsen hit a two-run double, and Itaru Hashimoto knocked in the third run with a two-bagger.

At the bottom of the third inning Adelaide managed to get on the scoreboard, after Matt Smith reached on an error, Dan Wilson sacrificed, Brandon Bantz hit a RBI double, then scored from second base on a wild pitch.

While Fidge kept getting stronger on the mound for the Bite, the Aces' pitcher Norihito Kaneto struck trouble in the bottom of the fourth, after a bad error at third base led to a three run charge by Adelaide.

Consecutive hits to Ryan Murphy and Matt Smith loaded the base, before Bantz walked one run home and James McOwen singled for two more and a 5-3 lead.

Ben Wigmore pushed the score out to 7-3 with a two-run home run in the fifth frame, while the Aces had to wait for Fidge to leave after eight innings before scoring its fourth and final run, on a Justin Huber home run in the ninth.

Bite manager Tony Harris was pleased with the way Adelaide has started both games, and credited his pitchers outstanding performances.

"We have a lot of tradition at Norwood Oval, and with the crowd behind us we always seem to lift," Harris said.

"Everyone has given their best so far, and we still have some good pitching up our sleeve, so I'm confident."

With victory in the first two games of the series, Adelaide only require a split in Saturday's double-header to win the series, while the Aces will be keen to fight back.

Melbourne 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 4 Adelaide 0 0 2 3 2 0 0 0 x - 7 Hits: Melbourne - Hashimoto, Lawman, Karlsen, Huber (hr), Davies; Adelaide - Smith 2, Bantz, Murphy, McOwen, Wigmore (hr). WP: D. Fidge; LP: N. Kaneto.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.