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Bite on the rebound
11/18/2010 8:00 PM ET
Bite team effort.
Bite team effort. (SIA Sports Images)
After losing for the first time this Australian Baseball League season, with a 2-4 loss to Perth Heat on Wednesday night, Adelaide ETSA Bite rebounded to even the series with a 7-3 victory on Thursday.

Starting pitchers Daniel Schmidt (Heat) and Darren Fidge (Bite) traded zeroes for five innings before Adelaide exploded for six runs at the top of the sixth inning.

Daniel Wilson started the onslaught for the Bite with a double but was picked off, followed by a James McOwen home run for the first score of the game.

Jeremy Cresswell walked, Quincy Latimore tripled, then Ben Wigmore and Stefan Welch doubled, forcing Schmidt off the mound.

Robert Sorensen came onto the hill but walked Brandon Bantz, gave up a double to Tom Brice - the sixth extra base hit of the inning - and walked Mathew Smith, with Nathan Driessen now called on to stop the onslaught.

Although Driessen managed to close out the frame, the Bite scored their sixth run on Wilson's sacrifice fly to right field.

In response Perth got untracked with consecutive home runs to Evan McArthur and Ronnie Welty to start the bottom of the sixth inning, and reduce the margin to four runs.

Latimore led off the seventh frame with a home run to give Adelaide a bit more breathing space, while in the bottom of the inning Chris Lawson replaced Fidge on the mound.

Lead-off hitter Aaron Bonomi started the seventh with a bunt safe hit and eventually scored for Perth to again close the margin to four runs, 7-3.

The remaining two innings were scoreless, as relief pitching held up for both sides.

Adelaide and Perth play nine inning games on Friday and Saturday night commencing at 7pm (9.30pm Adelaide time). Then from 11am on Thursday the Heat visit Norwood Oval for the return series.

Adelaide 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 - 7 Perth 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 - 3 Hits: Adelaide - Latimore 2 (hr), Wigmore 2, Welch 2, Wilson, McOwen (hr), Brice; Perth - Hughes 2, Bonomi 2, McArthur 2 (hr), Widlansky 2, Kennelly, Welty (hr). WP: D. Fidge; LP: D. Schmidt.

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