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Heat down Bite 5-3 to clinch series win
The Perth Heat clinched their fifth series win of the season, dowing the Adelaide Bite 5-3 on Sunday
01/06/2018 11:26 PM ET
Luke Hughes had two hits as the Heat secured the series win on Sunday
Luke Hughes had two hits as the Heat secured the series win on Sunday (Ryan Schembri, Ryan Schembri / SMP Images / ABL Media )

In a game where umpire calls didn't go in their favour, the Perth Heat still managed to secure a series-clinching 5-3 win over the Adelaide Bite at Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex on Sunday.

The Heat were denied a two-run home run in the first inning after Garrett Whitley's shot was called foul before one of the most controversial calls of the ABL season led to the ejections of Heat Manager Andy Kyle and pitcher Warwick Saupold.

With runners on second and third base, Ulrich Bojarski ripped a two-run double only for the umpires to call the ball foul - much to the despair of the Perth dugout.

Kyle and Saupold voiced their displeasure at the call and were ejected for their troubles.

Despite the controversy, the Heat recorded the 3-1 series win and move to 18-9 on the season.

Jordan McArdle's two-run blast gave the Bite the lead in the second inning as Adelaide eyed a series split.

Jake Fraley 26th RBI of the season then put the Heat on the board in the third inning before Luke Hughes' RBI double tied the game at 2-2.

Perth, keen to keep the pressure on the table-topping Brisbane Bandits hit the lead in the fourth inning - Jake Bowey and Matt Dixon picking up RBIs to shift the game in the away team's favour.

Bowey, who has seen time as a pitcher and hitter has had an impressive series - throwing three scoreless innings and picking up three base hits while Dixon has tied his career high 4 RBIs in a breakthrough season.

With the news second baseman Mike Brosseau will miss the rest of the season with a broken finger, the Heat will need their fringe players to step up as they make a playoff push.

Back-to-back doubles from Hughes and Whitley made it a 5-2 ballgame before Dylan Thompson came in to pitch three scoreless innings to record the win.

Joe Van Meter gave up a solo home run, while Cameron Lamb loaded the bases in the ninth inning to make it a nervy finish, but the Heat held on - Lamb recording his fifth save of the season.

"We needed to make sure we took care of business and win the series - that's what we're about," Hughes said.

The Heat now returns home to take on the Sydney Blue Sox in a five-game series from January 11.

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