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Solbach leads Bite to shutout win in Geelong
12/06/2018 5:27 AM ET

Adelaide's experience was on show against ABL Geelong-Korea in a 6-0 victory over the newcomers in Geelong on Thursday night.

One week after pitching a Club record 14 strikeouts, Markus Solbach finished with seven strikeouts from seven shutout innings while teenager Curtis Mead had a team-high three hits.

The game started slowly with no runs until the fifth inning, on the mound Solbach also eased into his start with just one strikeout from his first three innings.

He quickly turned up the heat on Geelong-Korea and his strikeout tally rapidly increased with added confidence when the Bite scored.

After the game he said there was no secret to his successful start.

"It's my first four weeks back in professional ball after coming from Germany and I'm just trying to set the tone for the season," Solbach said.

"I knew at some point we were going to come out and score and I just did all I could to hold that zero and stay in control.

"We had some phenomenal defence and at some point they just cracked and we scored some runs.

"There is no secret to my game right now."

The most challenging part of the game for Solbach was actually before he even pitched, according to the starter.

"Planning was actually the hardest part," he said.

"I watched some footage before the game and they were striking out a lot and I went out and attacked them.

"They put a lot of balls into play but we got away with it."

After guiding Adelaide to a 3-0 win against Perth last Thursday he was again backed up by Adelaide's bullpen, Ryo Takeuchi and Todd McDonald secured another shutout.

In attack Curtis Mead provided the crucial link between bottom and top of the order, the No. 9 hitter had three hits in his best game of the season.

Importantly his hits provided Mikey Reynolds and Austin Gallagher with the freedom of fewer outs and base runners.

Gallagher and Reynolds finished with two hits each, including Gallagher's first ABL homer, while shortstop Reynolds lifted his average to .400 with his league-leading 20th hit.

His form as the most consistent Bite player has not been easy but Reynolds comes with a fighting spirit, highlighted by his loaded bases hit which brought home two runs.

 "I went down 0-2 early in the count but I just wanted to fight; I wanted to stay back and put the bat on the ball," Reynolds said.

"That's what I did until I worked my way to 3-2 and hit right up the middle."

Adelaide improves to 6-7 with the win against arguably Geelong-Korea's best starter, with the win a confidence boost against Geelong-Korea's best starting pitcher.

"It's a big win, especially on a travel day," Reynolds said.

"We're all tired but to come out here and put out a zero defensively is a huge win for us and a huge win for the series.

"We've been building all season by staying motivated and positive because we know anyone can make a good play or have a good hit."

Game two of the series is Friday at 6.30pm AEST, live on ABLtv.com.



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