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Aces hopes still glimmering with another win
Hussey steady to lead Melbourne over Bandits
01/05/2013 7:18 AM ET
John Hussey shut out the Bandits over seven innings on Friday.
John Hussey shut out the Bandits over seven innings on Friday. (Brett Crockford / SMP Images)
MELBOURNE, 4 January - For the second straight night the Brisbane Bandits were dismantled by the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces, with the Aces producing one of their most rounded performances of the year in the 7-3 victory.

The night wasn't short of highlights with Aces starter John Hussey producing his best performance of the season as he threw seven scoreless innings striking out six along the way.

There were also fireworks with the bat as Carlo Testa and Elliot Biddle went deep, with Biddle having the honour of hitting the first inside the park home run in the history of the Melbourne Aces.

Speaking after the game he expressed his shock at how the situation unfolded.

"I got about halfway up the line when I heard the boys in the dugout screaming for me to keep running, and that's when I saw the ball dropped so I just kept going."

After jumping out to a 7-0 lead within the first five innings, the Aces had plenty of breathing room, room which was used to give Mitch Hodge and Adrian Berka their first take of Australian Baseball League action.

Aces manager Phil Dale spoke post game of the efforts of the two debutants.

"They're both going to be very valuable to us, it just depends how much we are going out of them from club ball, so we'll enjoy them while we have them."

The Bandits attempted a late rally, scoring three runs in the eighth inning but it wasn't to be as Cameron Forbes came in to record the last out of the game and give the Aces their second straight victory.

The Aces will attempt to clinch the series at 5.05pm on Saturday.

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