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Welty walks off winner for HEAT
11/20/2010 2:47 AM ET
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A Ronnie Welty twelfth inning walk-off home run has handed the Alcohol Think Again Perth Heat a thrilling 6-4 victory over the Adelaide Bite at Barbagallo Ballpark last tonight (Friday).

With Adelaide unable to score in their three extra innings, Evan McArthur reached first on a throwing error by shortstop Jeremy Creswell before Welty stood up and ended the ballgame.

The home run hero Welty said he was relieved personally to hit the walk-off homer, but emphasised the importance of the win for the team.

"I was just looking to get something up in the zone at 1-0. He threw a first pitch curve ball which I wasn't expecting, but I thought he might come back with it," he said.

"I just want to show everyone what I can do, and hopefully people will enjoy watching me play.

"It's really big for us, we're up on the series now, and if we can get another one tomorrow we can really take control of the standings."

Earlier, it was a spirited come back from the Bite who trailed by four after the first two innings but rallied with two run innings in the seventh and eighth. Regular contributors James McOwen, Quincy Latimore and Tom Brice led the Bite's resurgence.

The Heat took a three run lead in the first inning when Robbie Widlansky came into score as a result of a Ronnie Welty single and Luke Hughes followed him when Bite catcher Brandon Bantz made a missed catch error, Aaron Bonomi completed the inning's scoring when his RBI-single allowed Welty to score.

And they extended this lead in the next inning when a Mitch Graham RBI-double saw Darcy Doyle come in to score.

Liam Hendriks, who is on a forty-innings limit from major league club the Minnesota Twins, pitched five scoreless innings before he was replaced by Warwick Saupold who was followed by Brett Jacobson and then Dean White.

Heat reliever Brett Jacobson escaped a tense ninth inning for the HEAT when Adelaide had runners on first and second with one out, but Quincy Latimore flew out to Elliott Hargreaves and Ben Wigmore grounded out to Mitchell Graham.

Dean White entered the game in the bottom of the tenth and saw out some tense moments in his three innings before his nights work was done, claiming the win while Bite reliever Ryan Murphy took the loss.

Adelaide will be out to level out the series when game two gets underway at 7pm Saturday night.

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