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Perth Heat's season comes to an end in ABLSF
02/04/2018 7:02 AM ET

The Perth Heat's season has come to an end after falling to a 3-1 ABL Semi-Final Game Three loss against the Canberra Cavalry on Sunday.

With the result, the Cavalry advance to the Championship Series to take on the Brisbane Bandits, and marks the first time the Heat have lost a home playoff series.

Two first-inning errors from second baseman Jess Williams allowed the Cavalry to take an early 1-0 lead despite some tight pitching from Heat starter Kyle Simon.

Simon, who led the Heat with five wins during the regular season was efficient despite allowing a second Cavalry runner to score in the fourth inning.

The 27-year-old struck out three batters in 3.2 innings before being relieved by Dylan Thompson.

Thompson, who lasted appeared for Perth during Round 8 pitched 2.1 scoreless innings to starve the Canberra offence.

It took the Heat until the sixth inning to register their first hit - Tim Kennelly with a single to left field as Canberra starter Frank Gailey dominated.

Bailey threw 7.1 innings, striking out 12 batters as the Heat batters struggled to get on top of the 32-year-old former Toronto Blue Jays prospect.

With the Heat using their bullpen options, Joe Van Meter surrendered a seventh-inning run to give Canberra a 3-0 lead.

Major Leaguer Warwick Saupold pitched the eighth inning and would have conceded a run had it not been for a strong throw from left fielder Mike Hart to gun the runner out at home plate.

After Gailey was removed from the game, the Heat managed to get a couple of runners on board but stranded a total of eight runners on the night.

Alex Hall's ninth-inning solo home run gave the Heat hope, but Canberra's Michael Click closed out the game to seal the visitors' Championship Series berth.

The home run snapped a 0-10 streak for the 18-year-old catcher.

"I put a good swing on the ball. We had to get three runs and only got one though," Hall said.

The Heat return to action in November with the start of the 2018-19 ABL season where they will be looking for a 16th Claxton Shield Championship.



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