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Big night from Davies sends Aces over Bandits
Third baseman goes 4-for-4 with homer
01/04/2013 3:26 AM ET
Josh Davies (centre) is greeted after his Thursday night homer.
Josh Davies (centre) is greeted after his Thursday night homer. (Brett Crockford / SMP Images)
MELBOURNE, 3 January - The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces got their series against the Brisbane Bandits off to a flying start with a 6-1 victory at Melbourne Ballpark on Thursday night.

Josh Davies was the hero of the night for the Aces, going 4-4 with four runs batted in, with his three run home run in the seventh sealing the victory.

It was the Aces who got on the board first after starter Kevin Reese notched his first victory of the year, with his 6.2 inning effort restricting the Bandits to their sole run of the evening.

Speaking after the game, Davies said the Reese getting on the right end of the decision is huge for not only Reese, but the morale of the entire Aces pitching staff.

"He's a battler, he's out there every week doing and good job and it's good to finally get one on the board for him."

The Bandits weren't short of chances on the evening, with Andrew Campbell, David Sutherland and Hirotoshi Onaka all having multiple run games, yet the Aces defence found ways to keep the visitors quiet.

Phil Dale said a large part of that came down to the inclusion of James Beresford.

"Defensively he's impressive and having him present around the place is a big plus. That really helps tighten things up for us."

The tightness of the defence meant the bullpen of the Aces was able to work in a more natural progression, with Andrew Russell and Zach Arneson both keeping the door shut for Brisbane.

Dale added the all-round performance was truly a sight to behold.

"I want the team to show what they're capable of, I want to provide good baseball, winning baseball for our fans, just like we did tonight."

The sides resume the series at 7.35pm on Friday night.

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