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Grab the brooms! Bite sweep Aces
01/21/2017 11:22 PM ET
Mitch Dening, LeDarious Clark and Jordan Cowan celebrate a series sweep over Melbourne.
Mitch Dening, LeDarious Clark and Jordan Cowan celebrate a series sweep over Melbourne. (Brett Crockford/SMP Images/ABL Media)

MELBOURNE, JANUARY 22 - The Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, created history with their first away series sweep in the ABL as they knocked off leaders, the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces, at Melbourne Ballpark.

The 5-1 win saw Adelaide (20-16) rack up its seventh win of the season over the Aces, with the other four teams only combining for five wins against Melbourne (24-12). Meanwhile, Adelaide ended Melbourne's hopes of clinching first spot with one round remaining.

While both sides had seven hits, and the Aces opened the scoring, home runs to Texas Rangers prospects Josh Altmann and LeDarious Clark swung the game in Adelaide's favour.

Another superb start by Zach Cooper (W, 2-0 1.17) had the Bite on a roll despite Mike Walker hitting his seventh homer of the season for Melbourne in the second inning.

With Bite bats running hot, Cooper backed them up with four strikeouts in six innings before the Bite offence decided to feast on Aces starter, Sam Gibbons (L, 0-1, 9.82).

Hitting a lead-off double in the fourth, Mitch Dening kicked off another multi-hit performance and he soon scored as Stefan Welch knocked in his 16th RBI of the season.

All tied up at 1-1, Altmann cleared the fence for the second time in two days, crushing his second homer of the season to put Adelaide up 3-1.

Confident with the bat and the glove in defence, the Bite kept knocking back any Melbourne charge and with his third homer of the season, LeDarious Clark made it a 5-1 ballgame inside five innings.

The game slowed down as Josh Tols struck out seven Bite hitters, and while Adelaide's bats went quiet, so did Melbourne's.

Relievers Greg Mosel and Matt Williams pitched three scoreless innings with just two hits, and superb fielding by Altmann easily gave him man-of-the-match honours.

Covering right field, Altmann's rocket arm threw out two Aces at critical moments, including James Beresford at home in sixth and Austin Darby at second in the ninth. In the end a slick double play capped off a a brilliant weekend which saw the Bite defy all the odds to claim the away series.

The win has set Adelaide up for a promising finish as they host Sydney (13-21) from January 26-29 with the Bite on track to finish in second place, while a pair of unlikely sweeps could see Adelaide steal first if last-place Perth defeats Melbourne and the Bite go undefeated over the Blue Sox.

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