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Bite level series in style
11/21/2010 10:07 AM ET
In another high-quality and exciting game of baseball, Adelaide ETSA Bite managed to beat Perth Heat 4-3, with some late heroics on Saturday night to finish the ABL series in Western Australia locked at two games each.

Losing Friday's 12-inning nail-biter, Adelaide was due some luck and managed to steal the win with an action-packed ninth frame.

With the scores tied 3-3 going into the final inning, the Bite managed to hit the front in the top half of the frame after Jeremy Cresswell singled and scored on Quincy Latimore's double.

After coming from behind all night, the Heat were not going to go lightly though, and with two runners on and two out, Robbie Widlansky collected his fourth hit of the game.

But Adelaide centrefielder James McOwen threw to catcher Brandon Bantz to get Mathew Kennelly at the plate to preserve Adelaide's one run lead, and the win.

The Bite did all the early scoring, with lead-off man McOwen hitting a first inning single and scoring on Latimore's double, then belting a home run in the third to give Adelaide a 2-0 lead.

Dushan Ruzic was pitching well for Adelaide, with five shutout innings before Perth finally scored a run in the sixth, when Aaron Bonomi walked and scored on Widlansky's double, then leveled the contest on Kennelly's two-out RBI single in the seventh.

Adelaide came right back though in the top of the eighth when Todd Gossage walked and scored on Stefan Welch's double.

Ruzic left the game with a 3-2 lead, but the Bite relievers could not hold the lead in the bottom of the eighth.

Perth danger man Widlansky had an infield single and went to second on Luke Hughes' hit, before scoring on Ron Welty's shot to second base, to again tie up the ball game at 3-3.

Reliever Liam Baron came onto the hill for Perth, and after striking the first batter out to start the ninth, surrendered the match-winning hits to the Bite to take the loss.

Wayne Ough, who had come in to pitch through the eighth frame, weathered Perth's charge in the final inning to claim the win.

The Bite host Perth at Norwood Oval in the return series from Thursday at 11am, with a 7pm game on Friday and a double-header commencing at 4pm on Saturday.

Adelaide 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 - 4 Perth 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 - 3 Hits: Adelaide - McOwen 3 (hr), Latimore 3, Cresswell 2, Bantz, Welch; Perth - Widlansky 4, Welty 2, Kennelly, Hughes. WP: W. Ough; LP: L. Baron.

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