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Heat and Aces split doubleheader
11/18/2017 10:33 AM ET

Melbourne, Vic. -- The Heat and Aces both won a game apiece in the first double header of the season. The Aces came back in dramatic fashion in a game one thriller, while the Heat took game two in convincing fashion.

Game 1 (8 innings): The first game of the doubleheader was delayed due to rain, but eventually the clouds cleared, the sun appeared, and it was time for baseball in Melbourne.

Both teams came and went quietly in the first inning, but a two run homer by Jarryd Dale gave the Aces their first lead of the season in the bottom of the second inning.

The Aces would not hold that lead for long as Heat left fielder Ryan Kift hit a two run dinger of his own in the top of the fifth inning to tie the score at two. The two run bomb not only tied the game, it also was Kift's first career ABL blast.

In the top of the sixth inning, third baseman Michael Brosseau gave the Heat the lead with an RBI double to center field that scored second baseman Luke Hughes. The Heat weren't done in the inning as red hot catcher Zacrey Law rocketed another two run home run, extending the Heat lead to 5 to 2 lead.

In the bottom half of the frame, shortstop Darryl George laced a solo shot to inch the Aces closer at 5 to 3.

Aces' third baseman Liam Bedford reached on a throwing error by Brosseau to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. That defensive miscue would prove costly as two batters later, centerfielder Jared Cruz hit a two out, two strike, two run homer that would send the game into extra innings.

The Aces put the exclamation point on their dramatic comeback in the bottom of the eighth when Brett Cumberland laced a two out single to center, which was followed by a wild pitch, and eventually a walk off double by Bedford.

The agonizing defeat tied the series at one game apiece heading into game two.


Game 2 (9 innings): After losing in heartbreaking fashion in game one of the doubleheader, the Heat showed resilience in the early going of game two by capitalizing on two Melbourne errors to take a 2 to 0 lead in the top of the first.

Unforced errors continued to haunt the Aces in the third as starting pitcher Kona Takahashi walked four batters in the frame, leading to another Heat run.

Takahashi continued to struggle with his command in the top of the fourth as the right-hander walked four batters in the frame, leading to two more runs for the Heat.

Down 5 to 0, the Aces slowly started to chip away by scoring runs in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to inch closer at a score of 5 to 4.

The Aces continued to not be able to get out of their own way in the seventh as an error paved the way for a two run single by shortstop Jesse Williams, which gave the Heat a 9 to 4 lead.

The Heat busted the game wide open in the top of the eighth when Zacrey Law once again got a huge hit that drove home two runs, extending the Heat lead to 9 to 4.

The Heat are now up two games to one as they try to win the series on Sunday, while the best the Aces can hope for is a tie.


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