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HEAT get first win of ABL Season
11/13/2010 12:59 AM ET
The Alcohol Think Again Perth HEAT have balanced the ledger with the Brisbane Bandits in their opening four game series, winning 2-0 in a closely fought match at the RNA Showgrounds.

The result leaves the series tied, with each team one game a piece leading into the double header starting tomorrow afternoon at the iconic Brisbane ground.

The HEAT got off to a blistering start thanks to a home run from US import Robbie Widlansky in top of the first innings.

But after the HEAT's early score, both teams found runs hard to come by in the low scoring affair.

Weary of the Bandits scoring power after a four-run inning in last night's game, the HEAT stifled the Brisbane batters opportunities at the plate, with the home team unable to penetrate.

Starting pitcher Daniel Schmidt proved pivotal in the visitors starving the Bandits batting line-up and his efforts were rewarded, pitching eight inning.

HEAT Head Coach, Brooke Knight credited the team's win to the right arm's pitching prowess.

"His control was great and we were able to work from that," Knight said.

"Dan (Schmidt) was great and it was good to back him up with the bat."

A spirited home crowd returned to Brisbane's baseball home ground keen to learn more about their starting pitcher, Japanese import Hiroki Yamada.

The left-handed recruit from the Fukuoda Softball Hawks began cautiously but was important in stemming the HEAT's continued batting pressure and ended the night retiring 19 hitters for two runs.

The Brisbane crowd delighted in seeing Phil Stockman return to the mound after almost two years away from the game, relieving Yamada in pitching duties.

Eager to return after more than two years away from the game due to injury, Stockman said he was looking forward to relieving the pitchers and mentoring younger players on the roster.

"Wherever they (the Bandits) need me, I'm there," Stockman said.

"With my experience, it's good to hand down a bit of information to the younger guys and start to get them ready for situations on the field".

Saturday's double header begins at 2.30pm (Perth Time) and 5:00pm (Perth Time) at the RNA Showgrounds.

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