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Vasquez snaps winless skid, leads Heat in opener
Perth righty picks up first win of December on Friday
12/22/2012 8:27 AM ET
Newcomer Sam Shipway played a big role in Perth's Friday win.
Newcomer Sam Shipway played a big role in Perth's Friday win. (Ryan Schembri / SMP Images)
ADELAIDE, 21 December - Virgil Vasquez was back to his very best for the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat (15-8), throwing seven innings without allowing an earned run in the Heat's 2-1 victory over the Adelaide Bite (10-13) in a closely fought contest at Norwood Oval.

With the pitching dominating from both sides, not a single RBI was recorded for the night. Virgil Vasquez (4-2, 1.46) moved to a tie in the league in wins with his seven inning performance that produced five strikeouts without allowing an earned run. Zach Fuesser (2-3, 3.38) was equally impressive but his defence ultimately let him down with four errors for the night.

Back-to-back singles from Elliot Hargreaves and Allan de San Miguel got the Heat on board in the first, with a throwing error from the Bite's Gabriel Suarex allowing Hargreaves to score from first on the play.

Both sides traded runs in the seventh, as Perth local Sam Shipway picked up his first hit for the club and eventually scored on a wild pitch after moving to third on two sacrifice plays. The Bite's only run came in a similar fashion, with Ki-Man Choi getting to first on a ball that was lost in the lights and eventually scoring on a Josh McGee throwing error.

Steve Fish commented on the vintage Vasquez performance, getting the Heat through a quiet night at the plate with a Game One victory.

"Vasquez was awesome tonight. He came out and got ahead of everyone. Virgil didn't get behind at all through 7 innings. We went easy on his pitch count tonight and he came out at 89 or so with Wise coming in for a great 2 innings save. I'm sure the bats will bounce back and get us some more runs tomorrow."

The Heat's latest recruit Sam Shipway ended up scoring the winning run, who has been a favourite of Steve Fish ever since Shipway picked up the winning hit in Wanneroo's state league championship in 2009 where Fish was the manager at the time.

"Sam's full of energy. He saved me when I was coaching Wanneroo, so when I heard he came back to Perth last week and I put him on the roster. He got a hit and stole a bag tonight and he scores on a passed ball. It's great to have a guy full of energy who I consider to be an X-Factor in every situation"

The Heat's win moved them a game clear of the second placed Canberra Cavalry (14-9) who picked up the win in Brisbane (11-12) over in the Australian capital. Tomorrow sees a double header, with two of the Heat's best pitchers making an appearance. Anthony Claggett (3-2, 3.03) will take to the mound in the 1:30pm (WST) game and the Heat's local ace in Daniel Schmidt (4-1, 2.61) will come in for the 4:30pm matchup.

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