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Heat advance to ABLCS with Bandits
Perth complete comeback after dropping ABLSF opener
01/27/2019 2:18 AM ET
Alex Hall and Perth celebrate during a six-run second (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Alex Hall and Perth celebrate during a six-run second (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

The Brut Australian Baseball League's two most successful teams will go head-to-head in the 2019 ABL Championship Series presented by Boral after Perth powered to an 11-6 win over Sydney on Sunday.

The Heat set up a Championship Series with Brisbane after coming back 1-0 down in their best-of-three ABLSF presented by Boral against the Blue Sox at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark.

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Perth fell behind early in the deciding game as Trent D'Antonio hit a leadoff homer and Gift Ngoepe added an RBI-single in the first.

But the Heat responded swiftly against Sydney veteran Craig Anderson.

Robbie Glendinning cut the Sox lead in half with a run-scoring single ahead of Alex Hall's two-run triple handing Perth the lead.

Chris Clare's RBI-single made it 4-2 after a frenetic first inning.

The Heat chased Anderson from the contest in the second as they went ahead 10-2.

Glendinning drove in two more runs and Carl Chester added an RBI-single.

Chris Clare capped off a six-run frame with his first ABL homer.

Ngoepe added a second RBI in the top of the third, cutting Perth's advantage to seven runs.

The offences slowed from that point as the pitching battled back.

Heat reliever Nick Veale was outstanding, working 4 2/3 scoreless innings and giving up two hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Luke Wilkins slowed Perth's offence for Sydney before Ty'Relle Harris worked two scoreless frames out of the bullpen.

Jason Rogers, Michael Campbell and Jack Murphy drove in runs in the top of the eighth gave the Sox a glimmer of hope.

Ulrich Bojarski went deep off Todd Van Steensel to put the Heat back out by five runs in the bottom of the inning.

Dan Schmidt closed the game out, inducing a double play to put Perth into its first ABL Championship Series since 2015.

The Heat will host game one on Thursday night ahead of the series shifting to Brisbane for game two and three (if required) on Saturday and Sunday.

 

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