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Heat grab ABLSF Game One
02/02/2018 9:06 AM ET

A four-run second inning has powered the Perth Heat to a 6-3 victory in Game One of their ABL Semi-Final against the Canberra Cavalry on Friday night.

Perth are now just one win away from clinching a spot in next week's Championship Series.

Appearing in their first playoff game for three seasons, the Heat were aggressive at the plate early on. RBIs to Robbie Glendinning, Jess Williams (2) and Tim Kennelly putting them on top.

Kennelly, who has batted in the two-hole all season was tasked with leading off for the Heat in the absence of the departed Jake Fraley.

The 31-year-old third baseman was up to the challenge, going 2-4 on the night with a home run.

"It's always good to get the first in a best of three. Fraley has done an exceptional job leading off but Andy told me midweek I'd be hitting there," Kennelly said.

On the mound, Alex Boshers put in a solid start for the Heat - striking out four batters whilst only conceding three runs in 5.1 innings to pick up the win.

Despite leading Heat starters in ERA, Boshers was provided with little run support during the regular season - reflective of his 1-6 record.

"It was nice to get some run support tonight. I don't think my win-loss defines me as a pitcher," Boshers said.

"Anytime you get some run support helps you relax."

It wasn't until the fourth inning that Canberra got on the board.

After being named team MVP on Monday night, infielder Jay Baum launched a two-run shot to half the visitors' deficit.

Tim Kennelly's solo home run re-established the Heat's three-run cushion before Canberra pulled back a run of their own to remove Boshers from the game.

With the game in a high leverage situation, Heat Manager Andy Kyle turned to Joe Van Meter who was dominant - striking out four of the six batters he faced.

With the heart of Canberra's lineup due up in the eighth inning, Kyle then handed the ball to Major Leaguer Warwick Saupold.

Saupold, appearing in his eighth postseason game was efficient - getting through the inning without any hiccups before handing over to Cameron Lamb who recorded the save.

The Heat now turns their attention to Saturday's Game Two, where they have a chance to secure a spot in this year's Championship Series from 7pm.

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