Perth Heat come from two games down to tie series with Adelaide Bite, improve to 9-3 for the season

Sam Kennelly in action against Adelaide Bite. Photo: SMP Images
Sam Kennelly in action against Adelaide Bite. Photo: SMP Images

PERTH Heat poured in an avalanche of runs to come back from two games down and tie their away series against Adelaide Bite in the Australian Baseball League.

After dropping the first two games of the series, the visitors rebounded to score an incredible 30 runs over the final two games to square the series and improve to 9-3 for the season.

Their strong batting performance in the last two games continued their excellent start to the season, as they have now scored 112 runs from 126 hits this season.

In the first game, a Markus Solbach-inspired Adelaide recorded a 3-0 shutout at the Diamond Sports Complex, as the German pitcher struck out 14 batters across seven scoreless innings.

The Heat were held to just five hits as they were shutout for the first time this season, before they came agonisingly close to squaring the ledger in a 3-2 loss in game two.

Perth came out swinging, but the Bite struck first as Stefan Welch and Jordan McArdle hammered fourth-inning home runs to give the hosts a 3-0 lead.

The Heat hit back immediately as veteran Tim Kennelly launched a two-run blast of his own to bring Perth within a run, but they were unable to tie the game.

It was a different story in game three, as Perth’s hitters found form to lead them to a 17-5 win, sparked by two-run hits from Peter Kozma and Carl Chester in the second inning.

The Heat picked up where they left off in game four, as Nick Veale tossed six shutout innings and the offence stayed hot to record a 13-1 win.

Veale was dominant, retiring 18 of the 19 batters he faced to claim his second win of the campaign and he was ably supported by batsmen Chris Clare, Jake Bowey and Jess Williams.