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Bandits' Bats Power Through Game 1
Bandits deliver 13 hits in Game 1 win over Bite
12/16/2016 7:32 AM ET

Between a light outage, an ABL debut and a multi-home run night, many can attest that Game 1 at Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex had it all.

The offence was grinding early on both sides as Adelaide got on the board in the bottom-of-the first with Mitch Denning's RBI single.

Brisbane was business from there on out, recording two runs in the top-of-the-second.

Donald Lutz broke the game open in the top-of-the-third with a three-run home run leading the Brisbane Bandits (8-9), proudly presented by WellDog, to a Game 1 win over the Adelaide Bite (8-9), proudly presented by SA Power Networks, 10-6.

The former Cincinnati Red went 3-for-5 with three RBI's and two runs Friday night.

The Bandits added another run in the top-of-the-fifth, led by Kevin Padlo's triple to center field.

The Tampa Bay Rays prospect had another spectacular night at the dish going 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.

The Bandits added three more runs over the seventh and eighth innings in Adelaide, including a two-run home run by Mitch Nilsson, bringing their run total to ten.

With Nilsson's 2-for-5 outing Friday night, the second-baseman now stands as the best hitter in the ABL boasting a .373 average.  

To make Brisbane's outing even more impressive, the Bandits recorded ten runs off 13 hits in Game 1, a major testament to their offencive production.

Supported by the power heavy offence Friday night, Justin Erasmus' stat-line doesn't do his outing justice.

The right-hander allowed five hits, three runs and delivered six strikeouts over four complete innings.

ABL rookie and Georgia native, Jake Ezell, relieved Erasmus of his duties in the bottom-of-the-fifth. Ezell joins the Bandits from the Frontier League and most recently, from the Windsor Royals.

The right-hander allowed two hits, two runs and delivered two strikeouts over four complete innings, dicing his way to his first ABL win.

The Bandits' route to a Game 1 victory was put on a brief pause as the stadium lights at Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex took a breather. After a ten-minute hiatus, play resumed in Adelaide and Zac Treece closed the deal.

The Bandits and Bite are back in action Saturday, the 17th of December, for a doubleheader at Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex. Rick Teasley has the 3:30 p.m. AEST start, followed by Dan Nilsson with the Game 3 start at 6:30 p.m. AEST.


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