Heat Retake Championship

After a thrilling extra inning win the day before the Heat rode the pitching of Brian Baker to edge the Canberra Cavalry 2-1.  Baker allowed only two hits in his six plus innings of work, one of those a solo shot from Jeremy Barnes in the seventh to pull the Cavalry to within one.  Warwick Saupold tossed the last two innings to earn the save, striking out four and allowing only one baserunner via a walk.

The Heat scored their first run in the opening frame on a Brandon Tripp single.  Corey Adamson had started the inning off with a single, was sacrificed to second and stole third.  Perth scored their second run in the sixth.  Matt Kennelly socked a one out triple into right field.  He scored on a Allan de San Miguel single.

Canberra had a great opportunity to score in the fifth but failed.  Jack Murphy got the inning started with a triple.  Mike Crouse got on base after third baseman Sam Kennelly booted his grounder.  Murphy stayed bolted to third.  Crouse was thrown out attempting to steal second and again Murphy stayed anchored on third base.  Michael Wells struck out and Jason Sloan grounded out to third, Sam Kennelly successfully winging the ball to first for a Kennelly to Kennelly (Matt) 5-3.  A third Kennelly (Tim) played designated hitter for the Heat.  Sam, at 17 is the youngest of the Kennelly brothers, who have seen significant minor league team but very little major league time up to this point.

You can see the box score for the championship game here:  http://web.theabl.com.au/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2014_02_08_canwin_prtwin_1&t=g_box&sid=l595

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