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Perth explodes for five home runs opening night victory
Luke Hughes and Zacrey Law launch two home runs apiece as the Heat route the Aces 9 to 1
11/17/2017 9:11 AM ET
 

Melbourne, Vic -- The Perth Heat got off on the right foot on Friday night by routing the Melbourne Aces by a score of 9 to 1 in the season opener. The Heat heat hit five home runs, including a back breaking grand slam by Luke Hughes and two solo taters by Zacrey Law, to propel themselves to an opening night victory.

After both teams squandered scoring opportunities in the third inning, the Heat finally broke the stalemate in the fourth when catcher Zacrey Law blasted a solo shot to lead of the fourth inning. The Heat weren't done as left fielder Ryan Kift walked and Jack Fraley knocked him home with an RBI single to put the Heat up 2 to 0.

The Heat busted the game wide open in the top of the 6th when Luke Hughes launched a grand slam, giving them a 6 to 0 advantage. The grand slam would be the nail in the coffin for Mark Hamburger who was chased from the game after six innings. In total, the former ABL ERA champion yielded six runs on ten hits.

The Aces would respond with a run of their own on a solo dinger by right fielder Brett Cumberland, but that is all they would be able to muster in the frame as starting pitcher Alex Boshers stifled any further rally from the Aces.

All in all, Boshers first start was nothing short of dominant as the right hander struck out twelve and gave up just one run across across seven frames en route to his first career ABL win.

Law launched his second home run of the game in the seventh inning to extend the Heat lead to 7 to 1.

Jake Fraley joined the home run party in the 8th with a home run of his own to cap an incredible night for the Heat imports. The parade of long balls was not over as Hughes pounded his second homer later in the frame to give the Heat a 9 to 1 lead.

That is where the score would stay as the Heat wound up with a convincing opening night victory.

The Heat imports impressed in their ABL debuts, as altogether they combined to go 9 for 20 with 3 home runs, 4 RBIs, and 6 runs.

The two teams will square off in a double header tomorrow afternoon, with the first game being a seven inning affair starting at 4:05 p.m.

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