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Searle dominates in Bandits' first win
Starter fans 12, Tissenbaum goes 3-for-3 to lead Brisbane
11/01/2014 7:43 AM ET
Searle Dominates from the Mound in Bandits' First Season Win
Searle Dominates from the Mound in Bandits' First Season Win (SMP Images / ABL Media)

1st November, 2014: The Brisbane Bandits, proudly presented by WellDog, came into game three of their first series of the 2014/15 Australian Baseball League Season against the SA Power Networks Adelaide Bite on 1st November at AFA Stadium at Holloway Field with rejuvenated bats and behind a great pitching performance by starter Ryan Searle. The Bandits locked up their first win of the year 6-5 and the Bandits now move to 1-2 on the year, looking to end the series against Adelaide with a split.

"This is probably the happiest moment in my role to see the Bandits come back and beat the Bite at their own game," said Mark Ready, Chief Executive Officer of the Brisbane Bandits. "It was good to see the team play at the calibre we know the Bandits will be capable of this season".

The Bite came off of a hot hitting performance in game two and continued their streak in the top of the first inning of game three. Mitch Dening hit his fourth homerun of the year to dead centre field off of Bandits starter Ryan Searle, to take the lead 1-0.

Brisbane wasted no time responding in the bottom half of the inning, when centre fielder, Johnny Field, hit a solo homerun to left field evening the game at 1-1. With the crowd energized in the second, catcher Maxx Tissenbaum came to the plate and quickly left the yard hitting his first homerun of the season, over the fence to right centre field. The Bandits took the lead 2-1 with Ryan Searle settling in on the mound.

It was Tissenbaum again for the Bandits in the fourth inning, singling in CJ Beatty on a line drive to center field, extending the Bandits lead to 3-1. The hitting didn't stop in the inning for Brisbane. Shortstop Logan Wade, doubled to right field, knocking in Tissenbaum, to put the Bandits ahead 4-1.

Down three runs, Adelaide looked to narrow the Bandits lead in the fifth. Chan Moon hit his first homerun of the year, closing the gap 4-2.The Bandits responded in the bottom of the inning with another Maxx Tissenbaum RBI. The catcher singled in teammate Granden Goetzman to make the score 5-2. Ryan Searle carried the Bandits on the mound, pitching 7.1 innings, only allowing two runs to cross the plate and striking out twelve.

Entering the top of the ninth, the Bandits held a 6-2 lead looking to close out the Bite. But Adelaide did not go down without a fight. The Bite pushed three runs across in the inning and challenged for more, but stranded three runners against closer Matt Timms. The Bandits closed out the win 6-5, putting them in the win column for the first time this year.

With sights set on securing a series split, the Brisbane Bandits, proudly presented by WellDog, and the SA Power Networks Adelaide Bite face off in game four on 2nd November at 1:00 at AFA Stadium at Holloway Field. Tickets are available now by calling Bandits HQ on (07) 3612 8613 or by visiting brisbanebandits.com.au.

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