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Shutout victory earns Bite split, playoff hopes
Adelaide still alive for postseason berth
01/20/2013 5:59 PM ET
Dushan Ruzic was the beneficiary of Adelaide's massive Sunday run support.
Dushan Ruzic was the beneficiary of Adelaide's massive Sunday run support. (SMP Images)
MELBOURNE, 20 January - The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces finished their 2012-13 home schedule in a disappointing fashion, falling 9-0 to the Adelaide Bite on Sunday afternoon.

It was a day to forget for the home side with starting pitcher Adam Blackley struggling through two innings, throwing 64 pitches, by which time the visitors had found their way to a 4-0 lead.

Team Australia member Stefan Welch was one of the main destroyers for the visitors, going 3-5 with a run batted in.

Despite a poor start with the bats, the Aces offence fired up late, totalling five hits for the game.

Tampa Bay prospect Darryl George has the brightest day for the Aces, with two of the sides hits, putting a positive spin on what has been a tough year at home.

The Aces bullpen was worked to capacity, with six men used after Blackley exited the game.

Kable Hogben, Zach Arneson and Travis Blackley all hurled scoreless innings, while Andrew Russell and Shane Lindsay gave up a pair of runs and a run respectively.

Speaking after the game Scott Wearne said that while it has been a tough year for the outfit there have been plenty of positives to come from the year.

"There have been lots of young kids get a lot of game time and the team is going to be better off for that over the next few years. Then you have the guys who have made the World Baseball Classic team, look at Josh Davies, he's had a great year and that was a contributing factor to his selection."

Wearne also took time to thanks the fans who turned up every day, despite the tough results.

"We've got some pretty great fans, and it's great to have them out here so that we can show them our appreciation."

The Aces season will conclude when they travel to Perth next weekend to take on the Heat, with an opportunity to play spoiler and eliminate the Heat from the title race.

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