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Perth open crucial Round 12 set with victory
Bandits errors lead to big Heat eighth
01/19/2013 4:07 AM ET
Anthony Claggett earned the win for the Heat in Friday's opener.
Anthony Claggett earned the win for the Heat in Friday's opener. (Scott Powick / SMP Images)
BRISBANE, 18 January - A solid outing from Anthony Claggett (4-5, 3.34) gave the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat enough room to fight back with a morale boosting 5-4 victory over the Brisbane Bandits at the RNA showgrounds on Friday night.

The signs were promising for the Bandits early, scoring on regular intervals against Claggett. RBI's to Brad Dutton in the 2nd, Andrew Campbell in the 5th and David Sutherland in the 6th gave the Bandits the early ascendency but to Claggett's credit, the Bandit's were never allowed any momentum, failing to score more than a single run in any inning.

The Heat struggled to get on top of Bandits starter Chuck Lofgren, however a solo shot from Brenden Webb in the 7th was enough to drive Lofgren from the game. Lofgren would finish with a no-decision in his 6.2 inning, one earned run effort, as the Heat capitalised on the bullpen with Bandits' ace back in the dugout.

With John Vetich on the mound, the Heat opened the 8th with three straight singles from Allan de San Miguel, Michael Ohlman and Brenden Webb. A crucial error from Carlos Alonso allowed Josh McGee to reach first safely which was followed by a Carter Bell single to tie the game.

On a grounder to shortstop, Corey Adamson induced Carlos Alonso's second error of the inning with the bases loaded. Instead of making the final out the Heat were able to score two runs on the play and come out of the inning with a 5-3 lead.

Brendan Wise came in for the two out save but encountered some difficulties, walking three and allowing an RBI single to Brad Dutton. With two outs in the ninth and two runners on, an amazing leaping grab in foul territory by Josh McGee snatched the victory for the Heat, who moved two games clear of the Bandits in fourth and only 1.5 games out of first place.

Despite their two game buffer over the Bandits, the Heat will need to win at least one of their clashes in Saturday's double header to stay in outright third. With Warwick Saupold and Daniel Schmidt on the mound, the Heat will instead be aiming for a sweep of Saturday's games and potentially find themselves in second place.

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