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Heat a win away from trip to ABLCS
Tim Kennelly homers as Perth take game one of ABLSF
02/02/2018 6:45 AM ET
Perth veteran Tim Kennelly went 2-for-4 with a homer in the Heat's game one victory (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Perth veteran Tim Kennelly went 2-for-4 with a homer in the Heat's game one victory (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (James Worsfold)

Perth is one win away from a spot in the Australian Baseball League Championship Series after downing Canberra on Friday night.

The Heat used a four-run burst in the second to build a lead and withstood pressure from the Cavs' offence to prevail 6-3 in game one of their semi-final series at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark.

Perth broke the game open in the second, scoring four runs on four hits and a walk against Canberra starter Brian Grening.

A pair of Heat rookies got the scoring going before a veteran added key runs to seal a game one victory.

Pittsburgh prospect Robbie Glendinning capitalised after Grening issued a lead-off walk to Garrett Whitley in the second, doubling to drive in the opening run of the game.

Teenager Jesse Williams then added to Perth's lead with a two-run single.

Veteran Tim Kennelly continued the two-out damage, making it 4-0 with an RBI-single.

Kennelly added another run with a fifth-inning solo homer off Grening after the Cavs had cut into the lead.

Two of the league's hottest hitters in January - David Kandilas and Jay Baum - ignited Canberra's offence in the fourth.

Kandilas singled before Baum went deep to left field to make it 4-2.

Boss Moanaroa brought the Cavs within two runs again in the sixth following Kennelly's homer.

Moanaroa's RBI-double ended Heat starter Alex Boshers' night.

The right-hander held Canberra to six hits and three runs over 5 1/3 innings to collect his first win since Opening Night on November 17 against Melbourne.

Reliever Joe Van Meter recorded back-to-back strikeouts to keep a couple of runners stranded and the lead at two after replacing Boshers in the sixth.

It followed Boshers getting a crucial strikeout of Casey McElroy to end the fifth with a couple of runners on.

Cavs' centre fielder Travis Witherspoon also produced on the defensive side, robbing Luke Hughes of a homer in the third.

Grening ended up lasting six innings, giving up five runs on six hits and striking out five.

His replacement, Tyler Herr, gave up a run on a wild pitch as Perth extended its lead to 6-3.

The Heat's bullpen - Van Meter, Warwick Saupold and Cameron Lamb - completed the job.

Tim Kennelly and Williams each had two-hit nights for Perth. 

Baum, Kandilas and Robbie Perkins finished with two hits for Canberra.

Game two is Saturday at 7pm local time.

Matt Kennelly is slated to start for the Heat against Cavalry right-hander Lake Bachar.

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