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22/1 - Bandits and Bite Split Double Dip
01/22/2011 10:27 PM ET
Mitch Nilsson launches two home runs on 22 January in game one against the Adelaide Bite.
Mitch Nilsson launches two home runs on 22 January in game one against the Adelaide Bite. (Warren Keir (SMP Images /ABL))
(ADELAIDE) Game 1: Adelaide ETSA Bite lost 8-12 in the first game of Saturday's double-header at Norwood Oval to Brisbane Bandits, to short-circuit any double chance hopes in the play-offs.

The game was an emotional roller-coaster ride for the Bite, as they came back from 0- 6 down at the top of the third to level the contest in the bottom of the sixth, but could not take the points.

A huge three-run home run from Josh Roberts powered a four-run first inning for the Bandits, while Trent Baker hit a two-run shot in the third.

But Adelaide mounted a challenge in the bottom of the third, led by Jeremy Cresswell's two-run home run to score three runs and trail 3-6.

An error-induced run in the fourth frame and a solo home run from Mitch Nilsson in the fifth saw Brisbane 8-3 up, although James McOwen pulled one back in the bottom of the fifth with his fence-buster.

Going into the bottom of the sixth and trailing by four runs, Adelaide climbed back into the game with four runs to level, Cresswell, Stefan Welch and McOwen doing the damage with the bat.

The momentum was short-lived though, as Nilsson led off the top of the seventh with his second home run of the game, and with two out, Rory Rhodes hit a three-run double.

Adelaide could not repeat the heroics of the previous inning and failed to trouble the scorers in the bottom of the seventh, and lost 8-12.


Game 2: Adelaide ETSA Bite ended regular season on a high, with a 5-2 victory over Brisbane Bandits on Saturday night at Norwood Oval, to finish with five wins from six game for the series.

After losing the first game of the double-header 8-12, which ended Adelaide's hopes of the double chance, the Bite were back on top of their game for the finale.

Brisbane started well against Adelaide pitcher Darren Fidge, with two walks and a hit to load the bases with none out, but only managed one run.

James McOwen levelled the scores with a solo home run in the bottom of the third, and then made it 2-1 with another huge blast over the outfield fence in the fourth inning, with Scott Gladstone adding a two-run shot later in the frame, for a 4-1 lead.

In the meantime Fidge had regained control and was mowing the opposition batters down through seven innings, giving up just three hits for eight strikeouts before being relieved in the eighth.

Brisbane's lead-off hitter in the top of the eighth, Trent Baker, hit a home run but the Bite's Stefan Welch did likewise in the bottom of the frame to finish the scoring.

Tom Becker came on in the final inning and shut down the Bandits, with two strikeouts and a fly ball.

The result ends Brisbane's season, which will see Adelaide take on Melbourne Aces in the knock-out semi-final at Norwood Oval in a best-of-three series, with games scheduled next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, all to commence at 7pm.

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