Perth Heat claim top spot in ABL after series win over Geelong-Korea

Perth Heat claim top spot in ABL after series win over Geelong-Korea

PERTH Heat have shot to the top of the Australian Baseball League standings after claiming a historic 3-1 series win over Geelong-Korea in Victoria.

After dropping the first game, the visitors rebounded with a historic 23-2 win, breaking the record for the largest winning margin by an ABL team on the road.

They continued their good form in the final two games, recording comfortable 15-2 and 9-5 victories to secure top spot on the ladder after eight games.

Geelong-Korea started the series perfectly, recording their first ever win in the competition with a 7-1 win off the back of a strong start to the game.

Kwang-Min Kwon and Dae-Gun Kook put the hosts up 3-0 after two innings and the Koreans continued their onslaught in the third inning as they put up four more runs, before Carl Chester hit a consolation for the Heat.

Perth hit back in perfect style during game two, as Pete Kozma crossed the plate three times while Tristan Gray, Carl Chester, Alex Hall, Tim Kennelly, Adam Courcha and Jake Bowey all cleared the fence.

The Heat recorded 23 team hits, the most by any club this season, as 19-year-old catcher Hall led the way with four.

Kennelly then made history in game three, recording his 300th career hit in the ABL as Perth hit six runs in the second inning to power them to another crushing victory.

The visitors wrapped up the series in game four with another comprehensive win, despite a slow start.

Trailing 1-0, Perth’s offence exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning thanks to long balls from Chester and Hall, while Gray hit a two-run double.

The Heat kept their momentum going into the sixth inning before they stifled a late Geelong-Korea rally to secure top spot in the league.

Next, they travel to South Australia to play Adelaide Bite in a four-game series starting on Thursday.