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Aces blast way to series victory over Bite
Trio of homers round out first series at Melbourne Ballpark
11/11/2012 4:44 PM ET
Brad Harman homered twice in Melbourne's Sunday afternoon win.
Brad Harman homered twice in Melbourne's Sunday afternoon win. (Brett Crockford / SMP Images)
MELBOURNE, 11 November - There was no sign of the offensive struggles that plagued the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces on Saturday as they ran out comfortable 7-2 winners over the Adelaide Bite and sealed a 2-1 series victory on Sunday afternoon.

Brad Harman was the star of the show for the home side, with long balls in both the 1st and 4th innings which put the result beyond doubt.

Returning import Kevin Reese starred early, pitching three strong innings, striking out three and allowing just two walks.

With the series on the line both teams came out firing but the Aces were never headed after scoring in the first, which allowed Phil Dale to dip into the Aces bullpen, giving young guns Sam Gibbons and Dan McGrath their first appearances of the season.

Momentum was again crucial, as the home side was able to string together several back-to-back hits, something they struggled with during the first two games of the season.

Speaking post-game Harman acknowledged the importance of crucial hits in the series deciding victory.

"Anytime we can take advantage of runners in scoring position we have to take advantage...we really have to take advantage of it, you just can't afford to leave guys out there."

The reigning home run king is no stranger to crucial hits, having set an ABL record of 15 home runs during the 2011-12 season.

The series win is the first opening series that the Aces have won in the history of the league, something which gives the side great momentum as they head into Perth to face the defending champions.

Despite the memories held by the Aces of the last time the two sides met, Harman doesn't believe there will be any lingering ghosts.

"We're ready to get after them again, there are a few new arms on each team but we just need to go out and play hard."

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