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HEAT Start Season with a Win
11/04/2011 11:11 PM ET
Dylan Jones slides in safely.
Dylan Jones slides in safely. (SMP Images)

The Alcohol Think Again Perth Heat started their season off the right way, taking down the Adelaide ETSA Bite with a 6-1 victory on Friday night. The Opening Day success was thanks to great pitching and a big four-run 8th inning.

The Bite opened the scoring in the 2nd inning on a close play at home. Bite first baseman Calvin Anderson led off the inning with a single before stealing second base. With two outs, Chris Adamson hit a ball off Heat starter Ben Moore's glove which rolled out of the infield. With Anderson charging around third, Aaron Bonomi grabbed the redirected ball and fired home. His rushed throw would end up in the dirt and Perth catcher Allan de San Miguel could not hold onto it, leading to an Adelaide run and 1-0 score.

The bottom of the 2nd resulted in a scary moment as de San Miguel took a 1-1 pitch to the head, immediately falling to the ground. After lying on the ground for many minutes and a visit from the trainer, de San Miguel left the field without assistance. He was later reported to be okay. Alex Burg moved in from third base to take up his place behind the plate, and Adam Courcha took over at third.

The Heat tied it up in the 4th inning as Courcha, batting in de San Miguel's spot, also was hit by a pitch. Graeme Scorer moved him into scoring position on a ground out, and Mitch Graham made it count by following with an RBI single to center.

Perth starter Ben Moore threw six innings, allowing only the single unearned run on six hits and striking out eight. After the game Moore spoke about his strategy for the night: "Just throw strikes and try to keep them off-balance as best as I could."

In the bottom of the 7th inning the Heat broke the tie thanks to a Dylan Jones two-out double followed by an RBI single to center by Burg. Adelaide starter Dushan Ruzic left the game after seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out six and walking six.

The Heat blew the game open in the 8th inning thanks to timely hitting and taking advantage of Adelaide mistakes. Courcha walked with one out, followed by a Scorer single and an a Mitch Graham RBI single. Aaron Bonomi would deal the big blow with a double to right, plating both Hargreaves and Graham. The nail in the coffin was an error by Anderson at first base which allowed Bonomi to score the final run of the game. Tyler Anderson came in to pitch the 9th inning for the Heat, allowing only a single before finishing the game.

"We stayed with it and we had a couple breakout hits and got over the line," said manager Brooke Knight. "Once you start doing that guys start to catch fire and it's a little bit contagious."

The action continues on Saturday when the Heat and Adelaide play a doubleheader. The first game is at 3:05pm and the second follows at 7:20pm, as starters Trevor Caughey and Daniel Schmidt take the hill for Perth.

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