Blue Sox and Heat Win Series

The Sidney Blue Sox eliminated the Adelaide Bite from the playoffs, sweeping a doubleheader yesterday while the Perth Heat Knocked the Melbourne Aces to a semifinal matchup against the Blue Sox.

Perth 3 Melbourne 1

It was a pitchers duel for seven innings between Nic Ungs for Melbourne and Geoff Brown for the Heat.  Through the first six innings the only run that had scored was on a Justin Huber RBI single in the third.  The Aces replaced Brown in the bottom of the seventh after a single by Tim Kennelly.  The Heat bats then found the Aces bullpen more amenable.  James McOwen drove in Kennelly with a single and the Heat broke out in the eighth thanks to two walks and a hit by pitch that loaded the bases.  Brendan Webb thought he should have had a walk but was ejected from the game when he got a little too vocal about a called third strike.  With the bases loaded and two out Mitchell Graham came up clutch with a single up the middle that scored two.  Cameron Lamb came out for his second inning of work and retired the side in order to preserve the win.  The Heat now get to watch the Aces do battle against the Blue Sox to see who they will play in a best of three final.

Sydney 10-1 Adelaide 4-0

The Blue Sox blew out the Bite in the opener 10-4, getting 3-run homers from Boss Moanaroa in the seventh inning and Michael Lysaught in the ninth inning.  This cancelled out the three solo homeruns from the Bite, two by Denny Almonte and one by Carlton TanabeAidan Francis went eight innings to get the win.  Adelaide did a poor job in support of Pat Ahearne, committing five errors that allowed four unearned runs to score, one of the errors committed by Ahearne himself.

The second game was a tight pitcher’s duel between Vaughan Harris and Reed Brown.  The only run that scored came in the fourth inning after David Kandilas led off with a double, advanced to third on a fly ball and then raced home ahead of the throw on a ground ball to shortstop.  Korean veteran reliever Dae-Sung Koo wiggled out of the ninth inning, putting two runners on but getting Mathew Smith to pop out to short to end the game.

The Blue Sox will play the Aces in a best of five series.

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