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Heat shutout GK in pitcher's duel
Nick Veale and Josh Rawlinson combined as the Heat shutout Geelong-Korea on Friday night
01/11/2019 9:15 AM ET
Ulrich Bojarski (right) broke the deadlock for the Heat with a 7th inning RBI
Ulrich Bojarski (right) broke the deadlock for the Heat with a 7th inning RBI (James Worsfold)

The Perth Heat continued their winning ways with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Geelong-Korea at the Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark on Friday night.

Tied at 0-0 in the seventh inning, Ulrich Bojarski's RBI single broke the deadlock before Robbie Glendinning added an insurance run an inning later.

On the mound, Nick Veale tossed six shutout innings before handing over to young-gun Josh Rawlinson who nailed down his first Australian Baseball League win with three scoreless innings of relief.

"It feels good - I'm thankful Andy (Kyle) puts trust me in me to go out there and do what I'm doing," Rawlinson said.

"This win helped us and puts us in a good spot for the finals."

With the win, the Heat moved to 21-13 on the year to maintain their advantage at the top of the South-West Conference and take a 2-0 series lead.

In a pitcher's duel, Veale went toe-to-toe with Geelong-Korea's starter Jin-Yong Jang.

Veale fanned three batters across six scoreless frames, while Jang struck out five over 6.1 innings.

With the game locked at 0-0 in the seventh inning, an outfield error by Geelong-Korea's Kwang-Min Kwon allowed Alex Hall to reach third base safely.

The error was a costly one for the visiting Koreans, as Bojarski drove in Hall to break the deadlock.

Bojarski finished the evening 3-4 with an RBI as he led the offence.

The Heat added an insurance run an inning later, as another outfield error allowed Tristan Gray to reach safety before he was drove in by Glendinning.

Thrown into the game in a high-leverage situation, 20-year-old Rawlinson was automatic - striking out three batters to lock down the win.

Sam Kennelly went 1-3 in his 150th appearance for Perth.

The teams return to action on Saturday, with the Heat hoping to claim the series win.

The first pitch will be thrown out from 7pm. 


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