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Perth drops both ends of doubleheader
Brisbane heads into Sunday looking to sweep the Heat
11/25/2017 10:34 AM ET
 

Perth, WA - The Bandit bats were relentless tonight, scoring 25 runs in the doubleheader to take both games two and three of the series.

 

Game One (7 innings): For the second time in as many nights, leadoff hitter Aaron Whitefield led off the game with an off-the-wall double and would eventually come around to score on an RBI groundout by designated hitter Mitch Nilsson to give the Bandits a 1 to 0 lead.

 

Unfortunately for the Heat, the first inning was a harbinger of things to come as the Brisbane offense scored seven runs in the second inning, a feat they also accomplished last night. The offensive onslaught was highlighted by a towering home run by Nilsson, his second of the series.

 

With an eight-run deficit, left fielder Ryan Kift connected on a solo shot to put the Heat on the board, making the score 8 to 1.

 

After the Heat added a run in the bottom of the fourth on a bases-loaded walk by Jake Turnbull, the Bandits got the run right back in the top of the fifth when Whitefield hit a moonshot to straightaway centerfield, making the score 9 to 2.

 

Brisbane plated three more runs on one swing of the bat by first baseman Donald Lutz, pushing the score to 12 to 2.

 

The Heat would score three more runs in the game, two of which came on a two-run bomb by third baseman Mike Brosseau. Unfortunately, the late rally was not nearly enough as the Heat ultimately lost by a score of 12 to 5.

 

Game Two (9 innings):

 

It was all zeroes on the scoreboard until the top of the third when first baseman Mitch Nilsson once again came up with a clutch two-out, RBI double to give the Bandits a 2 to 0 advantage.

 

Brisbane added another run in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Wade Dutton, scoring Andrew Campbell to extend the lead to 2 to 0.

 

The Heat cut the lead in half in the bottom half of the fifth when right fielder Garrett Whitley scored Tim Kennelly on an RBI groundout.

 

The seesaw affair continued in the top of the fifth when Logan Wade hit a line shot to center field to score a run, once again giving the Bandits a two-run lead.  

 

In the bottom of the seventh, the Heat inched closer when Jake Fraley scampered home on a passed ball to make the score 3 to 2.

 

Relief pitcher Daniel Schmidt summed it up best when interviewed after the game.

 

"Brisbane has won back-to-back championships for a reason and they have shown why they are the champs in this series."

 

In the top of the eighth, the Bandits put the game out of reach by scoring six runs, making the score 10 to 2. The highlight of the inning for Brisbane was a grand slam by Mitch Nillson, which put his series RBI total up to eleven. The seven-spot in the seventh marked the third straight time the Bandits have scored seven runs in an inning in a game this series.

 

The Heat put a run on the scoreboard late in the game, but in the end would once again fall well short, losing by a score of 11 to 3.  

As always, Dan Vaughan and Paul Morgan will be broadcasting the Heat games on the Talking Baseball Australia channel on MixLR.

For inquiries about tickets to Perth Heat games, call 0406-839-259.

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