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Heat offence explodes against GK
01/10/2019 9:20 AM ET

The Perth Heat extended their lead at the top of the Australian Baseball League's South-West Conference with a convincing 15-7 win over Geelong-Korea at the Perth-Harley Davidson Ballpark on Thursday night.

With the win, the Heat took a 1-0 series lead to go two-games clear of the Melbourne Aces at the top of the South-West Conference. 

Heading into the series with a one-game lead over the Aces, the Heat put up six runs in each of the first two innings behind Tristan Gray's grand slam and Alex Hall's two-run shot.

"Anytime you get to come home and play well it definitely feels good," Gray said.

"Every game matters, so when you can get a win - especially at home, it's a confidence boost." 

Entering the series with the league's most potent offence, the Heat padded their early lead thanks to RBIs from Robbie Glendinning, Carl Chester and Jake Bowey.

Geelong-Korea didn't let their heads drop, however, and despite the ejection of their Manager Dae-Sung Koo, managed to pull back four runs in the third inning to add some credibility to the scoreline.

On the mound, John Anderson was efficient for Perth - striking out six batters across six innings before being relieved by Locky Southee.

18-year-old Southee and veteran Been Grice worked the final three innings of the game as the Heat secured an emphatic win. 

Chris Clare and Bowey added a couple of late runs for Perth in what was a busy evening for the scorers. 

The teams return to action on Friday, with the Heat hoping to take a 2-0 series lead.

The first pitch will be thrown out at 7pm.


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