SYDNEY, 25 November - After scoring the first four runs of the game the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat (7-3) held on for a 4-3 win over the Sydney Blue Sox (5-5) to salvage a split in the four-game series Sunday afternoon at Blacktown International Sportspark.
Daniel Schmidt (2-0) earned the win, turning in a gutsy effort where he allowed three runs (two earned) over 7 1/3 innings, while five Heat hitters tallied a multi-hit in day in their 13-hit attack, paced by a 3-for-5 day from Luke Hughes.
"We were very fortunate to be in a position to possibly win that game," Blue Sox manager Jason Pospishil said. "A lack of offensive execution led to a tough loss."
Perth got on the board in the top of the second inning when Michael Ohlman launched a solo home run, his first of the season, to put the visitors ahead 1-0. Perth then increased its lead in the third, scoring three runs, highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of Hughes.
The Blue Sox cut the Perth advantage in half with two runs in the sixth inning, when JD Williams scored on an error. Later in the inning, Geoff Klein singled to right field, scoring Zach Penprase and making the score 4-2.
Sydney's best chance came in the eighth inning, when the Sox loaded the bases with nobody out before Williams came around to score on a passed ball. However, the threat passed with a ground out, strike out and a deep fly out off the bat of James Robbins to close the scoring at 4-3.
"I think it's an extremely disappointing result considering we took the first two games at home," Pospishil said. "But that's baseball and we'll refocus and get ready for Brisbane."
Tim Cox (0-1) suffered the loss in his first start of the season, allowing four runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. Josh Guyer made his professional debut for the Blue Sox, throwing 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, while Caleb Cuevas, Tyler Herr and Dae-Sung Koo combined for three innings of one-hit relief.
The Blue Sox return to action Friday night when they travel to take on the Brisbane Bandits in a four-game series. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.