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Heat Fire With 3 Homers in Game 2 Win
Perth Take 2-0 series lead with 15-3 Win
01/16/2015 7:19 AM ET
 (Brett Fewson)

Canberra, 16 January - The Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat (23-19) have put on a batting master class in their 15-3 win over the Canberra Elite Cavalry (19-21) on Friday night at the Narrabundah Ballpark. Coming on the back of their flawless performance with the ball in game 1, the Heat's recent form has them once again looking like the team to beat in the race for the Claxton Shield.

Canberra starter Tim Atherton (6-1, 2.79) took to the mound and had a rare off night, despite coming in with a perfect 6-0 record, he was never able to find his rhythm. After conceding two runs in the first inning, Atherton fought hard to recover but couldn't find a way to get on top of the dynamic Heat offence. The Cavalry used five pitchers over the course of the night and none were able to escape without conceding a run.

Perth's powerful offensive display began in the top of the first; Joey Wong led off with a rare triple before being driven in by Tim Smith. Tim Kennelly - who paced the Perth offence with a three-run homer and 3-for-5 for the night - then scored the second run for the inning on a sac-fly.

The Cavalry hit back with a run to Jason Sloan in the second inning and came close to tying the game when Mitch Walding was tagged out at home plate.

From there the Heat offence took control.

They scored runs in each of the third, fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings, including three large home runs. Tim Smith's impressive solo shot in the third inning was only outdone by Kennelly's three-run bomb over the left wall in the sixth. Brian Pointer sealed the dominant performance with a two-run homer of his own, this time to right field.

The Heat again showed their pitching strength with starter Warwick Saupold (4.20) allowing only one run on four hits through his 3 2/3 innings.

With the Cavalry now trailing the series 2-0 and having slipped out of the top three spots on the standings, they will be desperate to get their race for the championship back on track with a win in game 3. The two sides will meet again on Saturday night at the Narrabundah Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 7PM with gates opening at 6, tickets are available at www.canberracavalry.com.au or by calling the office on 6295-8379.