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Hot bats secure Heat's playoff spot
The Perth Heat became the first team to secure a spot in this season's ABL playoffs with a 19-1 win over Geelong-Korea on Saturday night.
01/12/2019 10:00 AM ET
The Perth Heat wrapped up a playoff spot for a second straight year
The Perth Heat wrapped up a playoff spot for a second straight year (James Worsfold)

The Perth Heat secured their spot in this year's Australian Baseball League playoffs in emphatic fashion - downing Geelong-Korea 19-1 at the Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark on Saturday night.

Tristan Gray homered twice and had a staggering seven RBIs, while Carl Chester also cleared the fence as the Heat moved to 22-13 on the year and took an unassailable 3-0 series lead ahead of Sunday's series finale.

The Heat piled on 19 team hits on route to a comfortable victory.

Riding the confidence of winning the first two games of the series, the Heat scored 10 runs in the first three innings to set to tone.

Pete Kozma and Robbie Glendinning each drove in three runs, while Chester and teenager Josh Greenham had two RBIs.

18-year-old Greenham recorded his first ABL hit - a two-run double in the eighth inning.

Every Heat starter aside from Jake Bowey (two walks) had a multi-hit evening.

On the mound, Conor Lourey claimed his fifth win of the season after working six strong innings before handing over to his bullpen.

Locky Southee and Robert Garcia combined to record the final nine outs as the Heat secured the win.

The teams return to action for Sunday's series finale, with the Heat eyeing their second sweep of the campaign.

The first pitch will be thrown out from 1pm WST.


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