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Bite claim win in Welch's 250th
Kurt Heyer kept the Aces offence quiet throughout
11/23/2018 6:19 AM ET
Adelaide picked up a win in Stefan Welch's 250th game (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Adelaide picked up a win in Stefan Welch's 250th game (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

American pitcher Kurt Heyer threw six solid innings and shortstop Mikey Reynolds collected three hits as Adelaide handed Melbourne its first loss of the season winning 8-2 at West Beach on Friday night.

The Bite (2-4) jumped out of the blocks scoring three runs in the first inning and were never threatened by the previously undefeated Aces (5-1).

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Heyer responded from a disappointing opening night start in Brisbane last weekend throwing six strong innings in his home debut.

The right hander gave up nine hits but didn't allow a walk and struck out five batters as he held the Aces to just one earned run.

Former ABL MVP Aaron Whitefield scored three runs and had two hits whilst Reynolds had three RBIs including a two-run double in the sixth.

The Bite were aggressive on the base paths continually challenging the Aces defence as Adelaide looked to break out of its offensive slump.

Melbourne starter Luke Abels lasted only one inning, allowing three earned runs on four hits before being pulled for Jack Enciondo.

The Aces offence created ample opportunities to score but failed to convert going hitless in ten at bats with runners in scoring position.

Ex-Major Leaguer Luke Hughes crushed a solo home run for the Aces in the top of the sixth, while DJ Burt also had three hits for Melbourne.

The win capped a special night for Adelaide who celebrated veteran Stefan Welch's Bite record 250th game with a victory.

The series continues on Saturday for Japan Night at the ballpark with first pitch scheduled for 7.20pm.

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