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Aces go clear in South-West Division
Luke Hughes blasts two-run homer to force extras
01/05/2019 2:45 AM ET
Melbourne infielder Luke Hughes forced extras with a two-run homer in the seventh (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Melbourne infielder Luke Hughes forced extras with a two-run homer in the seventh (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Melbourne has moved a game clear at the top of the Brut Australian Baseball League South-West Division, completing a comeback win over Perth in extra innings on Saturday.

The Aces walked off 4-3 on Darryl George's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth in a slated seven-inning contest, the first of a doubleheader at Melbourne Ballpark.

Allan de San Miguel, Ryan Dale and Jared Cruz all singled to load the bases before George's flyout to right field put Melbourne up 2-0 in the four-game series.

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Luke Hughes came back to haunt his old team, forcing extras with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh.

Earlier, Perth made a strong start as it looked to level the series.

Leadoff hitter Tim Kennelly hit a massive home run to right field as the Heat struck early after failing to score in game one.  

Perth piled on two more runs in the fourth to extend its lead to three.

Robbie Glendinning (walk) was able to get home through a line drive single to left field from Alex Hall.

Ulrich Bojarski's sacrifice fly scored Hall.

Melbourne Aces hit back at the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring one run to stay alive in the contest.

Jake Romanski singled to left field before pinch-runner Oliver McMahon scored when Rudy Martin grounded into a double play.

Hughes completed the comeback with his ninth homer of the season.

Game two of the doubleheader will start shortly.

 

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