Brisbane, QLD - The Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat launched a season high three home runs Friday night in Brisbane but still fell short 8-6 to the Brisbane Bandits. The loss by Perth and a win for Adelaide on the road in Melbourne officially closed any post season window for the Heat in 16-17. The Heat will once again not be a part of the post season after being in the final series for the first five seasons of the reborn ABL.
The Heat did not go down without a fight and batted the tying run in the ninth inning after Joey Wong cut the lead to two runs in the top of the ninth with a lead off home run to right off of Ryan Searle. After the two teams traded early blows it was a crucial fourth inning that saw the Bandits grab the momentum.
The Heat got a three run home run by John Riley in the top of the fourth to make it 4-3 but the Bandits scored three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame and from there they never looked back. Tom Bailey issued a lead off walk to David Sutherland and then the deep Bandits lineup went deep with number nine hole hitter Wade Dutton hitting his second giving the Bandits a 5-4 lead. David Rodriguez then hit a soft flare to right to add another run and it was 6-4.
The two teams each got a pair of runs a piece the rest of the way but it would end 8-6 when Searle was able to get Derek Peterson with a strike out with Luke Hughes at first base to end the game.
A big tip of the cap to Brisbane who had a moment of silence for Greg Jelks the former Heat great who was laid to rest earlier in the day back home in the west.
Moment of Silence before game two
The Fielders Choice Post Game wrap up
-Derek Peterson extended his hitting streak to 20 games in his first at bat in the second. His streak is the longest in the ABL this season.
-The teams played through a 8th and 9th inning misting rain.
-The Heat went deep for the first time three times in a game. John Riley, Tim Kennelly and Joey Wong all went deep.
- The Heat will not make the post season this year for the second straight year. The franchise reached the ABLCS five straight seasons winning four Claxton Shields until missing out last year. That level of success will be hard to duplicate in the near future as it will take one club not just making the post season every season but appearing in five straight final series and winning four.
-Ryan Boyer had his first ABL hit in the game a 6th inning single.
-Luke Hughes had his 11th team leading multi hit game.
-The Heat lost while out hitting Brisbane and are 8-8 when out hitting an opponent.