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How sweep it is: Aces rally past Bandits
Melbourne still kicking after Round 10
01/06/2013 11:13 PM ET
Justin Huber's bases-loaded HBP won Sunday for the Aces.
Justin Huber's bases-loaded HBP won Sunday for the Aces. (Brett Crockford / SMP Images)
MELBOURNE, 6 January - The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces completed a series sweep in the Australian Baseball League after a tense 5-4 victory over the Brisbane Bandits on Sunday afternoon.

With their backs against the wall in the bottom of the 11th as they trailed by a run, James Beresford singled in a run to tie it up, before a bases loaded hit by pitch to Justin Huber secured the victory.

Before the Bandits piled on two runs in the top of the ninth it was all Aces, with starter Adam Rowe pitching 6.1 strong innings, allowing just five hits without giving up a run.

The Aces bats heated up early, with Elliot Biddle doubling in the bottom of the first inning to score Brad Harman, before another double in the fifth scored James Beresford and Carlo Testa to extend the margin to 3-0.

Aces boss Phil Dale believes it's hard not to see Biddle as one of the best players in the league.

"He keeps hitting, finding those key hits and he certainly did it again today."

The Bandits showed signs of a comeback when Adam Blackley came in to replace Rowe with bases loaded, hitting Andrew Campbell with the first pitch he threw to make it a two-run game.

Dale spoke about the struggles of the bullpen after the victory.

"It's the same things that have being haunting us at various points this season, but we were able to hang in there and get the win, that's the main thing."

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