After losing 5 out of their previous 6 meetings to the first place Cavalry, the Heat seemed to play with a sense of urgency on Saturday night.
Heat starter Daniel Schmidt battled the number one offense in the league respectably. Giving up 5 earned runs, he kept the game close and left it up to the Perth offense.
Finding themselves down a run in the top of the 8th ininng, the Heat offense answered. The visitors led off the inning with a trio of hits by Michael Ohlman, David Amberson, and Josh McGee. Carter Bell knotted the score up at 5 with a sacrifice fly before designated hitter Aaron Bonomi pushed the eventual winning run home with a blooping double.
Heat All-Star reliever Brenden Wise impressed with his 3 innings of relief. The big right hander killed a Cav's rally in the 7th, and finished the game with 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball.
The Heat now find themselves tied at 3.5 games back of the first place Cavalry with the Sydney Blue Sox.
The Heat and Cavalry meet again in the series finale tomorrow at 9:00 AM (WST).