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11/15/2010 4:35 PM ET
 
The Alcohol Think Again Perth HEAT topped Brisbane 4-1 in to sweep tonight's (Saturday) doubleheader at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane.

The Brisbane Bandits started game two of tonight's (Saturday) doubleheader looking to even the series at two games each after suffering a tough 4-2 defeat in the opener.

Ryan Searle opened on the mound in game two for Brisbane and promptly retired Perth without bother in the top of the first. Warwick Saupold toed the rubber for the Heat to start the game and matched Searle in getting through the inning unscathed.

Only a walk to Clint Balgera bothered the scorers in the top half of the second inning as Searle powered through the Heat lineup. Similarly, only a base on balls Akira Nakamura was the only activity in the bottom of the inning.

Searle put the Heat batters out in order to start the third inning. Shuhei Fukuda drew a two out walk but was picked off by Saupold to end the third inning with neither team on the scoreboard.

Luke Hughes walked, stole second and reached third base on an errant pitch in the top half of the fourth. A two out walk to Clint Balgera put runners on the corners and the Heat manufactured a run when Balerga avoided being tagged in a run out long enough for Hughes to cross the plate giving the Heat a 1-0 advantage. Josh Roberts doubled off the fence in right centre field for the Bandits in the bottom of the inning followed by a walk to David Sutherland before striking out Nakamura to put out the fire. After four innings the Perth Heat held a 1-0 advantage.

A single up the middle by Aaron Bonomi who then stole second base and scored on a fielding error by Bandit first baseman Sutherland gave the Heat a 2-0 cushion prompting a pitching change from manager Dave Nilsson. John Veitch took over and retired the next batter to weather the storm. With one out, catcher Shane Watson lifted a double into deep left field but Saupold struck out the next two batters leaving Perth on top 2-0 after five innings.

Justin Erasmus took over pitching duties for the Bandits in the top of the sixth and was welcomed by a Robbie Widlansky ground rule double to right field. Next up Luke Hughes doubled to left bring Widlansky to the plate making the score 3-0 in favour of the West Coasters. Erasmus got the next batter on a popup to retire the side. Brisbane went down in order and trailed 3-0 after six.

Erasmus sat the Heat down in order to start the seventh. Nakamura tripled to right centre field off new Heat pitcher Tyler Anderson to kick off the Brisbane half of the inning. A single to right by Watson brought Nakamura in for the Bandits first run of the game. Anderson struck out Andrew Campbell to end the inning. The Perth Heat enjoyed a 3-1 cushion heading into the eighth inning.

Mitch Graham doubled and moved to third on a ground out by Widlansky before scoring on Luke Hughes' double. Hughes advanced on a ground out by McArthur but Erasmus struck out Cint Balgera to end the Heat threat. Robbie Sorenson took over hurling duties for the Perth crew in the bottom of the inning. After a vicious single up the middle by Josh Roberts, a single to left by Sutherland put runners on the corners for the Bandits with two outs. Perth shortstop Graham Mitchell went into the hole and came up with a diving stop of a Nakamura grounder, throwing to second base in time to get Sutherlad out to end the inning. At the end of eight it was 4-1 Perth's way.

Simon Morriss came on to pitch for the Bandits in the top of the ninth retiring the Heat batters without any harm being done. Brisbane entered the bottom of the inning needing three runs. Liam Hendriks took over from Sorenson on the mound giving up a single to Watson and seeing Andrew Campell reach first on an error at third by McArthur before getting pinch hitter Rory Rhodes to ground out ending the game. Final score Perth 4- Brisbane 1.

Delighted Perth manager Brooke Knight credited his bullpen with setting up the victories.

  "I thought we responded really well after losing the first game, coming back on the road and getting a couple wins, we showed a lot of character," Knight said.

  "We really pitched great, we gave up 3 runs in three games today and yesterday.

  "When you pitch like that it just takes a couple of clutch hits and the guys came through."

Robbie Widlansky was best at the plate for Perth with two hits from three at bats including a double.

Shayne Watson had three hits from four at bats to lead the Bandit charge with support from Josh Roberts with two hits.

Warwick Saupold picked up the win for Perth with Liam Hendriks grabbing the save.

Ryan Searle was saddled with the loss though he only gave up two hits.

Be part of WA baseball history as Perth will open their home campaign against the Adelaide Bite on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and the final game being played on Saturday.

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