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12/2 HEAT Bite Back
Welty takes big bite out of Maurer
02/12/2011 11:16 PM ET
Ronnie Welty hit a leadoff home run and then a grand slam all in the fifth inning for the Perth HEAT.
Ronnie Welty hit a leadoff home run and then a grand slam all in the fifth inning for the Perth HEAT. (SMP Images)
The Alcohol Think Again Perth Heat have forced a game three of the Delta Air Lines ABL Championship Series with a dominant offensive performance over the ETSA Adelaide Bite as they delivered a 9-2 win at Barbagallo Ballpark last night.

A victory that was headlined by an eight run fifth inning in which Ronnie Welty first hit a leadoff home run to right field before, in his second visit to the plate for the inning, he repeated the dose with the bases loaded.

Heat starter Trevor Caughey showed his experience with seven innings of work, six strike outs for just two runs and claimed the win while Adelaide's Brandon Maurer went four and two third innings for seven earned run and the loss.

Liam Baron able to close out the game for the Heat.

Left fielder Ryne Price also key in the Heat victory going three for four on the night to set up the Heat's scoring opportunities.

Earlier in the night Adelaide scored first in the third inning when Ben Wigmore came home thanks to a Jeremy Cresswell ground out.

But like in game one, when the Adelaide Bite turned the game with a big fifth inning, the Perth Heat delivered their big inning in the fifth to turn the game on its head.

After Ronnie Welty homered to kick-start the Heat's big inning, Matt Kennelly showed his trademark plate patience to be walked before Ryne Price dropped one into right field and Mitch Graham singled to load the bags.

Perth catcher Allan de San Miguel then drove in both Kennelly and Price.

Luke Hughes then singled to see Mitch Graham home and an under pressure Maurer walked Evan McArthur to set up Welty's grand slam.

Both teams scored in the eighth inning to complete the scoreline.

The Championship Series deciding match to be held at 12.10pm WST on Sunday.

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