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Hoodoo broken with emphatic win
11/25/2017 3:06 AM ET

Confidence was the key and a fast start ensured the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, was always going to win. The Melbourne Aces pushed back but ultimately it was the Bite who held firm to secure the win.

While there's still a way to go, the win is the start of a fresh change of fortune and there's a lot to celebrate.

Bite have fight

After a lacklustre game on Friday night, Adelaide came out with far more determination. Rodrigo Ayarza's double in the first put him into a scoring position before Stephen Lohr hit through to right field for the RBI. While the Aces scored twice in the fourth to erase the lead it was arguably the best start for Adelaide all season. 

After the Aces took the lead, the Bite fought back with poise and smart base running. There was no force behind their hitting, rather a composed outlook - and some luck on Melbourne errors. With that confidence came strong defence as well with Nooij making a pinpoint throw to first on a deflected pitch in the fifth.

Rodrigo Ayarza's two-run homer in the seventh was easily the icing on the cake as he crushed a line drive down left field, while Jackson Brebner-Russ joined in with an eighth inning RBI double.

Communication a must

There's been some poor communication at times with Jordan McArdle settling into a starting position at first base, and tonight saw Nathan van der Linden at second and Mason Clavell right field. The trio missed an important catch in the fourth and having never played together before it's clear there will be some teething issues.

This is all expected and with the infield leader of Stefan Welch no longer at third it will take some time for a natural order to settle. Even in this game it improved and players made impressive catches, with McArdle recovering from a missed catch to take a safe grab in foul territory, while showing some clean glove work late in the day.

Manager Chris Adamson said postgame the side is learning and improving every day.

"Baseball's a hard sport and we're going to make mistakes. It's just a matter of learning from those mistakes," he said.

"That's a big thing we've been on about and we did that quite well tonight."

Matt Williams is back

Some have doubted Williams' form after the Australian Team pitcher struggled last week, but today he turned that all around. Three strikeouts in two innings - including Delmon Young - plus six straight hitters retired. It was the performance expected from the reliever and certainly a confidence boost.

In a positive for fans it signalled the return of the Williams-van Mil combo with two international pitchers doing exactly what they do best.

"It was awesome everything went to plan," Adamson said.

"Chris Powell gave us a great start, Matty was outstanding out of the 'pen and then Loek got a touch which was nice."

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