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Tissenbaum lifts Bandits to walk-off win
Brisbane rally to capture victory in home season opener
10/29/2015 1:08 PM ET
Aaron Whitefield scored the game-tying run.
Aaron Whitefield scored the game-tying run. (Scott Powick/SMP Images/ABL Media)

BRISBANE - Coming off their first win of the season to close Round 1, the Brisbane Bandits proudly presented by WellDog ensured the feeling would last a little longer.

Tampa Bay Rays import Maxx Tissenbaum bounced a walk-off infield single in the 11th inning to score Bralin Jackson from third base as the Bandits seized their home opener in their final at-bat with a 4-3 win over the Adelaide Bite proudly presented by SA Power Networks.

The Bandits busted out for 12 runs on 19 hits in their final game of Round 1 at Canberra, but that powerful attack at the plate took a back seat to the Bite's early on Thursday night. Adelaide plated a run in the second inning on Corey Lyon's RBI groundout and two more in the third on Texas Rangers import Travis Demeritte's first homer of the season.

Brisbane chipped away with two tallies in the fourth against Adelaide starter Steven Chambers. Bandits catcher Nick Ciuffo, also a Rays import, bashed his first home run of the season to cut his club's deficit to one.

Chambers turned in a strong outing against his former team. The Queenslander went seven innings and struck out seven while not issuing a walk, but Brisbane mounted another rally to tie the game in the seventh when Connor MacDonald lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Aaron Whitefield and saddle Chambers with a no-decision.

With the game turned over to the bullpens, Adelaide and Brisbane went to extra innings. In the 11th, tiebreaker rules went into effect with each team starting with runners at first and second base. Brisbane veteran Ryan Searle (W, 1-0) worked his team out of the jam by striking out Lyon and inducing a double-play ball off the bat of Marc Wik.

The Bandits capitalised on their opportunity. Ciuffo singled with one out to load the bases before Tissenbaum reached on his grounder to second to plate the game-winner.

Friday night, Brisbane can ensure at least a series split in the second matchup of this four-game set. Matthew Swilley (0-1, 5.40) takes the mound for the Bite opposing the Bandits' Justin Erasmus (0-0, 11.25) with first pitch set from 6:30 p.m. AEST. Tickets are on sale now.

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.