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Heat hold nerve against Bite
Jess Williams' first ABL home run and a strong pitching performance has guided the Heat to a Game One win over the Bite.
01/04/2018 6:47 AM ET
Jesse Williams hit his first ABL home run on Thursday
Jesse Williams hit his first ABL home run on Thursday (James Worsfold)

It wasn't a 32-run effort, but the Perth Heat have started 2018 off on the right note, holding off the Adelaide Bite 5-3 at Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex on Thursday.

With the win, the Heat remains second in the ABL standings, half a game behind two-time Champions the Brisbane Bandits.

In a game with little similarities to last Sunday, it was a pitchers' duel between Perth's Alex Boshers and Adelaide's Greg Mosel where both teams found scoring difficult.

It took until the fourth inning for Adelaide to trouble the scorers - a sacrifice fly getting a run across.

A quality start from Mosel stunted the Heat offence for the first five innings before Mike Brosseau's solo home run put the Heat on the board.

Brosseau now has 32 RBIs on the year - the most of any Heat second baseman in ABL history.

Consecutive base hits removed Boshers from the game in the sixth inning. He was relieved by new signing Joe Van Meter who in turn was tasked with getting his starter out of trouble.

A clutch play at home plate by Brosseau and catcher Alex Hall was followed by a smart double-play as Van Meter found a way to keep the game tied at 1-1 and pick up the win.

That defensive play proved vital - Jess Williams launching a solo home run to put the Heat on top in the very next at-bat.

The homer was Williams' first in the ABL in his 29th game.

An infield error from Bite second baseman Nathan Van DerLinden allowed Brosseau to reach base safely before Luke Hughes' two-run shot gave the Heat some breathing room.

Jake Bowey's first RBI of the season pushed the Heat to a 5-1 lead before the Bite hit back with two runs of their own in the eighth inning to force Manager Andy Kyle to turn to Major League pitcher Warwick Saupold.

Saupold, appearing in his season debut shut down the Bite with 0.2 scoreless innings on just three pitches before Cameron Lamb came in to record his fourth save of the season.

"It was a tough battle tonight. It was good to get Waz in there in a big situation," Kyle said. 

The series resumes Friday where the Heat will look to claim a fifth straight win.

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