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Perth bats stay red hot in series clinching win
The Aces rallied back from a seven run deficit, but fell short to the Heat.
11/19/2017 10:14 AM ET
Garrett Whitley and Jake Fraley celebrate another Heat home run Sunday at Melbourne.
Garrett Whitley and Jake Fraley celebrate another Heat home run Sunday at Melbourne. (SMP Images)

Melbourne, Vic -- The Heat scored early and often to take a seven run lead and were able to quell a late comeback by the Aces to win 8 to 5 in the final game of the series.

The Heat got the scoring going in the first inning when right fielder Garrett Whitley launched a two run bomb to put the Heat on top 2 to 0. The home run not only gave the Heat the early lead, but it was the first career ABL home run for the Rays prospect.

The home run happy Heat kept the power surge going in the third inning when third baseman Michael Brosseau rocketed a two run opposite field bomb to right field to extend the Heat lead to 4 to 0.

The barrage of bombs continued in the top of the fourth when centerfielder Jack Fraley hit a solo shot of his own, putting the Heat on top 5 to 0. The Heat weren't done racking up the hits in the inning, however, as Brosseau cranked an RBI double down the left field line, scoring Whitley on the play. A sac fly by catcher Zacrey Law pushed across another run, giving the Heat a 7 to 0 advantage before the inning was over.

The comfortable seven run edge the Heat had built was cut to just three runs in the sixth as Heat starting pitcher Tom Bailey yielded four runs in the frame due in large part to issuing three free passes.

The Aces inched closer in the seventh inning when former Heat first baseman Allan de San Miguel connected for a solo shot, making the score 7 to 5.

In the top of the eighth the Heat added an insurance run on an RBI single by Brosseau to push the score to 8 to 5.

This is where the score would stay as the Heat finished off the Aces to win the series three games to one.

The Heat will play again on Thursday, November 24th, against the Brisbane Bandits. The contest will be played at 7:00 p.m. at Harley Davidson Stadium in Perth.

Traven Tapson is as member of the Heat Media Team and comes to Perth fresh off a season of covering A ball in the Northwest League. This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.