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11/2 Adelaide Win Nail Biter
Schmidt feels the Heat
02/11/2011 11:30 PM ET
Aaron Bonomi slides into home plate
Aaron Bonomi slides into home plate (SMP Images)
The ETSA Adelaide Bite are just one win away from clinching the inaugural Australian Baseball League Championship after a tense 4-3 win over the Alcohol Think Again Perth Heat at Barbagallo Ballpark last night.

The Heat recorded 14 hits to Adelaide's 11 but it meant little as the Heat failed to capitalise on their chances, going two for 13 with runners in scoring position while Adelaide delivered a more impressive two for five in the same situation.

Mark Brackman claimed the win for the Bite. He went five and two third innings for ten hits but just three earned runs.

Daniel Schmidt took the loss.

Adrian Burnside continued Brackman's good work with three innings for four hits and no runs before Tom Becker came in to take the last out and collect the save.

Perth took an early lead in the bottom of the first when Tim Kennelly singled to left field before an Allan De San Miguel double drove in the first run of the game.

Adelaide responded in the top of the third to tie the ballgame up but it was a big fifth inning that proved the difference and they drove in three runs.

The Heat responded in the bottom of the next inning with two runs when Ryne Price singled to see Robbie Widlansky come home and then Mitch Graham grounded out to see Evan McArthur score.

The game was not without controversy, in the bottom of the eighth inning Lachlan Dale doubled before Aaron Bonomi replaced him as a pinch runner.

Mitch Graham then did his job and singled to centre field but Bonomi was called out at home by umpire Brett Robson in a decision that upset much of the Heat bench.

The Heat had another chance to tie or win the ballgame in the bottom of the ninth when Luke Hughes doubled to left field and Robbie Widlansky was hit by the pitch.

But with runners on first and second base McArthur hit a ground ball and Stefan Welch made a routine play and the final out.

A do or die game-two for the Heat begins at 4.10pm Saturday.

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