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Bite and Heat split Saturday in Perth
Adelaide erase Friday in opener, Veale leads way in nightcap
10/24/2015 6:53 PM ET
Angus Roeger belted his first home run of the season in Saturday's win.
Angus Roeger belted his first home run of the season in Saturday's win. (SMP Images/ABL Media)

PERTH - The Adelaide Bite proudly presented by SA Power Networks could taste victory on Friday before the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat swiped it away from them. Adelaide ensured the same wouldn't happen in Saturday's first game, but Perth used a big first inning in the nightcap to take their second win of the weekend.

The Heat scored five first-inning runs through both games on Saturday, including two in the opener. Despite falling behind early, the Bite rallied. Adelaide slugger Angus Roeger bashed a two-run homer in the top of the second, and Texas Rangers import Travis Demeritte helped his team break things open in the sixth. Demeritte singled with two outs to drive in a pair of runs and give the Bite some breathing room.

Kyle Petty followed with a leadoff homer in the seventh for the game's final margin.

As they did in the opener, Perth seized the early lead in the nightcap with three runs in the first and rode that burst to victory on the strength of right-hander Nick Veale. Handed the early advantage thanks to a Matt Kennelly sacrifice fly and RBI double from Baltimore Orioles prospect Derek Peterson, Veale (1-0) was stellar. The 22-year-old tossed six shutout innings while scattering five hits and striking out five with just one walk.

Behind the righty, Josh Silvi and Scott Mitchinson each allowed a run, but Mitchinson closed the door in the night to earn his first save of the season.

Perth will look to lock up their first series victory of the season when they host Adelaide in Sunday's finale from 4:05 p.m. AWST.

Tyler Maun is an ABL staff writer. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.