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Heat hand Bandits first loss of season
The Heat scored early and often to defeat the Bandits 11 to 6 in Sunday's series finale
11/26/2017 6:43 AM ET
 

Perth, WA - The Heat scored six runs in the first inning and never looked back in this one as they handed Brisbane their first loss of the season, winning by a final of 11 to 6.

 

For the fourth time in as many games, the Bandits got the scoring going in the top of the first when left fielder Mitch Nilsson clobbered a two-run, opposite field jack to give the Bandits an early 2 to 0 lead.

 

The Heat would respond in the bottom half of the inning by putting up six runs to take a four-run lead. Leadoff hitter Jake Fraley catalyzed the Heat rally by leading off with a base hit, stealing second, and coming around to score on a base knock by third baseman Tim Kennelly. The inning was highlighted by a long two-run homer by left fielder Alex Hall, which was the first in the young outfielder's ABL career.

 

The Bandits rallied back in the top of the second with two runs of their own, cutting their deficit in half and making it a 6 to 4 game.

 

In the bottom half of the second, the Heat got both runs back on a two-run bomb by Kennelly. The long ball was the 37th of Kennelly's esteemed career, which put him one above teammate Luke Hughes for the Heat all-time record.

 

The Heat scored two more in the third inning and added an insurance run in the fourth to take the 11 to 4 lead.

 

While the Bandits tried to mount rallies, they ultimately fell short as Perth prevailed by a score of 11 to 6.

 

Heat relievers Jake Bowey and Cameron Lamb combined to toss three innings, giving up just one run in what was an encouraging sign for the Heat bullpen.

 

The star of the game at the plate was centerfielder Jake Fraley who not only had three hits in this game, but also swiped three bags, extending his league-leading stolen base count to ten.

 

Fraley talked about his day at the plate in a postgame interview.

 

"My job is a leadoff hitter is to get on base for my teammates, but also to try to drive and drive the ball in the gaps."

 

He also discussed the team's mindset heading into the Sydney series.

 

"We are going to carry the momentum we gained this game into the Sydney series and try to forget about the first three games of the series."

 

Perth is back at .500 with four wins and four losses and will play next on Friday in Sydney against the Blue Sox.

 

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

 

Tickets to Heat games can be found online at the link provided below: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=HEAT&orgid=52162&schedule=list

 

For further 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.