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Heat walk-off against Canberra to sweep double-header
A Mike Brosseau walk-off has lifted the Perth Heat to a dramatic 5-2 and 10-9 sweep of the Canberra Cavalry
12/30/2017 10:58 AM ET
Michael Brosseau walked it off for the Heat in dramatic fashion
Michael Brosseau walked it off for the Heat in dramatic fashion (SMP IMAGES)

A Mike Brosseau walk-off has lifted the Perth Heat to a dramatic 5-2 and 10-9 sweep of the Canberra Cavalry in their double-header at the Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark on Saturday.

Brosseau's ninth-inning single turned into a little league home run after an error by Canberra left fielder Jake Amos to send the home crowd into a frenzy.

Earlier in the day, Canberra jumped out to an early lead in Game One. Jay Baum picking up from where he left off on Friday with an RBI double in the first inning - his fourth RBI of the series.

The Heat, keen to avenge their three straight losses against the Cavalry were aggressive early on - stealing three bases in the first inning but failed to score.

The Heat did get on the board in the second inning, however. Alex Hall's second ABL home run tying the game at 1-1.

Canberra weren't behind for long and reclaimed their lead after Robbie Perkin's fielder's choice RBI plated a run.

The game soon became a battle between the pitchers. Canberra's league-leading ace Lake Bachar having another solid outing whilst Perth's Kyle Simon earned his third win of the season as his good form continued.

After conceding 19 runs in his first 14.1 innings, the 27-year-old has only yielded three runs in his last 14 frames in a change of fortunes.

Center Fielder Jake Fraley was then ejected from the game after a disagreement with the home plate umpire - forcing Manager Andy Kyle to reshuffle his outfield and bring Jake Turnbull into the game.

It was a decision which would turn out to be game-changing. In his first and only at-bat of the game, Turnbull blasted a three-run home run to turn the game on its head and give the Heat a 4-2 lead.

"It's nice to figure things out and help the team," Turnbull said.

Ulrich Bojarksi's sacrifice fly added an insurance run before Dylan Thompson came into the game to record his first save of the season in his home debut.

In Game Two, Canberra again came out with a bang. Consecutive two-run shots putting the visitors out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning.

Fraley's two-RBI single cut the lead in half - the 22-year-old's 18th RBIs of the season.

Heat starter Tom Bailey, fresh from competing in the ABL All-Star Game last week looked nervy - giving up five earned runs in 2.1 innings before being relieved by Scott Mitchinson.

Mitchinson, who has struggled in recent weeks gave up an untimely two-run home run.

He has now given up a home run in four consecutive games after starting the season with a seven-inning scoreless streak.

After a couple of scoreless innings, the Heat bats found life. Matt Kennelly drawing a bases-loaded walk to plate a run before Robbie Glendinning was hit by a pitch to make it 7-4.

Hall's fielder's choice RBI then brought the Heat within two runs as they continued to chip away at the Cavalry's lead.

Canberra, looking to reclaim their cushion loaded the bases before Joe Van Meter, making his Perth debut, picked up a strikeout to end the threat.

With the Heat needing a spark, up stepped Glendinning with a two-run home run to bring the crowd to their feet.

It was the Pittsburgh Pirates draftee's first ABL hit.

The Cavalry reclaimed the lead scoring two runs in the top of the eighth as they got on top of Van Meter before a frantic finish.

With the Heat down to their final out up stepped Brosseau who walked off the game in dramatic fashion with his 30th RBI of the season.

"We're in the game until the very last out and I was just happy to put us in the position to win," Brosseau said.

The series wraps up with Sunday's Game Four from 1 pm with the Heat eying their fourth series win of the season. 

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