Despite holding an early lead, the Brisbane Bandits fell to the Adelaide Bite in game one of the doubleheader at the Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex.
Both the Bandits and Bite scored in the first inning, with Mitch Nilsson doubling in Wade Dutton to start the ballgame off the right way.
After a 2015/16 season as one of the most important hitters in the Bandits lineup, Donald Lutz showed his big-league quality, with a two-RBI single to drive in Wade Dutton and Logan Wade and in turn, gave the Bandits a 3-1 lead after four innings.
The fourth inning proved the difference maker, a groundout, a triple and a single scoring three runs for the Bite as they regained the lead.
Despite an out of character start from Rick Teasley, both Matt Timms and Zac Treece showed their strength from the pen, combining to concede only one hit, and giving the Bandits the chance to claim a late win.
The Bandits managed to have runners on second and third with only one out in the top of the seventh, but failed to convert and handed the Bite their first win of the series.
Behind a strong start from former Bite pitcher Dan Nilsson, the Brisbane Bandits claimed the victory 3-0 in cool conditions at Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex.
Dan Nilsson threw five hitless innings, in his best outing in the ABL so far. Nilsson struck out three and walked three before the bullpen took over.
This victory was one of the most dominant pitching performances of the season, with Dan Nilsson, Jake Pannunzio, Sam Holland and Ryan Searle conceding only two hits on the night.
The Bandits scored first in the third inning, as Logan Wade singled up the middle driving in Aaron Whitefield as the U23 World Cup Silver medallist claimed third following a wild pitch.
Wade Dutton drove in the second run of the ballgame care of a sacrifice fly, while an error from first baseman Marcus Greene Jr. enabled Kevin Padlo to score and extend the Bandits lead.
From there, the Bandits bullpen shone, with U23 World Cup silver medallist Sam Holland throwing two scoreless innings of relief. Holland was relieved by Ryan Searle in the ninth, and the veteran closer did what he does best, shutting the Bite down and sealing the win for the Bandits.
The series finale takes place tomorrow at 12.30pm Brisbane time as Bandits starter Kramer Champlin takes on Nate Roe.