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Bite and Heat split Saturday doubleheader
Perth bounce back from game one loss for rout in finale
12/23/2012 9:32 AM ET
Ji Man Choi cranked two homers in the Bite's opener victory.
Ji Man Choi cranked two homers in the Bite's opener victory. (Ryan Schembri / SMP Images)
ADELAIDE, 22 December - The Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat and the Adelaide Bite shared the spoils in a doubleheader as some big hitting lit up Norwood Oval on Saturday. Adelaide took the opener while Perth claimed the nightcap

The longball dominated the opener, with Home Runs from Adelaide's Stefan Welch, Ji Man Choi and Ben Lodge handing Heat starter Anthony Claggett (3-3, 3.46) his second straight loss. Josh McGee's home run in the second inning was the highlight for the Heat however Korean Seon Gi Kim (1-0, 4.15) did well to keep the Heat offence off balance to pick up his first win in the Bite's 5-3 victory.

The Heat are yet to be swept in a double header, however the Adelaide Bite jumped out of the gates early against Daniel Schmidt (5-1, 2.70) with Chris Adamson and Jeremy Cresswell picking up RBI's for a 2-0 lead. Michael Ohlman lead a spirited comeback against Bite Starter Paul Mildren (1-4, 4.85), whose 6th inning home run was enough to put the Heat in the lead.

From there, the Heat added another three runs in the 7th and four in the 8th, as the Bite bullpen crumbled with three errors compounding their woes. Five Heat players collected multiple hits in the nightcap, including Sam and Matt Kennelly alongside Sam Shipway, Michael Ohlman and Allan de San Miguel.

Daniel Schmidt kept his place as the league's leading pitcher with his 5th win, allowing two runs through his 5.2 innings. It was all hands on deck for the Heat bullpen late in the game, as Cameron Lamb, Liam Baron, Matt Zachary and Jay Pacella combined to keep the Bite scoreless through the remaining 3.2 innings.

After dropping the first game Heat Manager Steve Fish was feeling the pressure to bounce back and retain an outright first place in the standings. "Things were tight there for a little while." Said Fish. "We had a little pre game meeting where we talked about putting pressure on, and we got to them with a couple runs in the 6th and the guys just moved on from there."

The Heat's latest recruits shone throughout the double header, with Sam Shipway continuing to impress and Sam Kennelly having his first multiple hit game in a Heat jersey.

"I think Shipway and (Sam) Kennelly were awesome for us tonight." Said Fish. "Shipway had some big hits for us and he's picked up four or five over this weekend. Kennelly's given us a big lift and his two hits made a huge difference for the team. Matt Dixon also picked up his first hit for us and Josh McGee hit a home run so it was great to see from the young guys."

With the Heat leading the series 2-1, a win with Adam Millson (0-0, 5.79) on the mound will secure the Heat's first series victory since Round 5. The Bite's Dushan Ruzic (1-2, 3.78) will go up against Millson for series finale, starting at 11:30am WST.

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