PERTH - It's probably safe to say that Adelaide Bite pitcher Matt Williams could go for a while without seeing Perth Heat outfielder Corey Adamson again.
For the second straight night, Adamson ripped the game-winning hit off of Williams, this time leading the Heat to a 4-3 walk-off win in the bottom of the 10th inning on Saturday night at Barbagallo Ballpark. With the loss, the Bite saw any potential of a home Preliminary Final at Norwood Oval slip away.
Perth rolled to their 12th win in 13 games behind a scorching hot top two places in the order. Adamson had two hits from the leadoff spot, and Joey Wong added four more. It wasn't easy, though, for the league's minor premiers. Perth seized a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third, but the Bite rallied late in regulation.
Adelaide plated a run in the seventh and two in the eighth on RBIs from Chris Adamson and Joe Sclafani to pull even. The rally robbed Perth's Anthony Claggett of a chance at a win and got Adelaide's Darren Fidge off the hook for the loss.
Both teams turned to their relief corps, and in the tenth, Adamson got the best of Williams again. Allan de San Miguel singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. After George Barber struck out swinging for the second out of the inning, Adamson came through with a single to right-centre to bring home de San Miguel with the walk-off run
Williams (L, 3-5) took his second straight defeat while left-hander Dan Schmidt (W, 6-2), pitching in a relief role for the third time this year, picked up the win.
While the Bite find themselves in a three-way tie entering the season's final day, they hold the three-way tiebreaker should the current standings hold after Sunday's games. Adelaide also hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Canberra, but Melbourne would win a tiebreaker with the Bite. Much remains to be determined when the season's final day arrives.
The Bite and Heat will hook up for their final matchup of the regular season on Sunday morning from 11:05 AM AWST.