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Heat walk it off in Dixon's 100th game
Luke Hughes was struck by a pitch to walk it off for the Heat
01/11/2018 10:08 AM ET
Luke Hughes was struck by a pitch to walk it off for the Heat
Luke Hughes was struck by a pitch to walk it off for the Heat (James Worsfold)

Luke Hughes was hit by a pitch to hand the Perth Heat an 8-7 walk-off tiebreaker win over the Sydney Blue Sox in Matt Dixon's 100th ABL game on Thursday.

With the bases loaded, Hughes was plunked by Sydney pitcher Todd Van Steensel to gift Perth a dramatic win.

With the result, the Heat recorded their sixth win in their last seven attempts and condemned the Blue Sox to a fifth straight loss.

Looking to consolidate their grip on second place in the ABL standings, the Heat scored three runs in the first inning. Garrett Whitley's RBI double was followed by Robbie Glendinning's two-run homer as the home side got off to a fast start.

Sydney, who were in desperate need of a win to stay in touch with the top four got on the board in the second inning but otherwise found life difficult against Heat ace Alex Boshers.

Boshers, appearing in his eighth start of the season was efficient on the mound - striking out three batters in six innings of work.

The 26-year-old now owns the league's third-best ERA (2.80).

Ulrich Bojarski plated Perth's fourth run of the night with his 13th RBI of the season - knocking Sydney starter Luke Wilkins out of the game.

Despite only throwing 73 pitches, Boshers was soon to follow. 

Sensing an opportunity, the Blue Sox pounced. A four-run seventh inning off Heat reliever Dylan Thompson shifting the balance of the game.

Scoreless innings from Dan Schmidt and Nick Kennedy kept the Heat in the game before the 15 x Claxton Shield Champions rallied.

Glendinning ripped an RBI single before a fielding error tied the game up at 6-6 to force extra innings.

With the game now in International Tie-Breaker Rules, the Heat walked it off in dramatic fashion - Hughes drawing a bases-loaded walk after being hit by a pitch.

"It was a strange way to walk it off. You could call it an ugly win," Manager Andy Kyle said.

The series resumes Friday from 7pm with the Heat looking to claim their 20th win of the season.

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