Heat Melts the Calgary 32-10

Yes. This was a baseball game. In Australia. The Perth Heat took advantage of 13 Canberra Calvary walks and 6 errors to break the Australian record for runs scored with 32. The old record had been held by the Adelaide Bite when they scored 23 back in 2014 when most in the United States were celebrating Halloween. Scary thought. Because Perth was the home team they scored the 32 runs in just eight innings.

The Cavalry actually outhomered the Heat four dingers to two. But the Cavalry were down 17-0 after two innings. Jonathan Mottay, who pitched for France in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier made a forgetful debut in the Australian League coughing up 11 runs in one inning. He faced five batters in the 11 run second inning but could not get anyone out. Every pitcher who appeared for the Cavalry walked at least one hitter, though Michael Click did not allow a run in his one inning of work and Kyle Perkins came in from right field and retired two hitters without allowing a run. He was the second position player to pitch, with David Kandilas starting the inning and retiring only one hitter in the eighth while giving up four runs.

The Perth Heat had every player in the starting lineup score at least two runs, drive in a run and contribute at least one hit. Ulrich Bojarski, who contributed the least number of hits with one was tied with Garrett Whitley for scoring the most runs with five. He walked four times. Jesse Williams, who batted last in the order led the team in RBIs with six while Jake Fraley was second on the team with five. Jake drove in three runs in the sixth inning with one of the two Heat homeruns.

Perth finds themselves in second place in the Australian League. They play next weekend against the last place Adelaide Bite, inching up on the first place Brisbane Bandits who are half a game ahead of them. Perth has a league leading batting average of .302 with their 193 runs 37 more than their closest pursuer the Bandits. Surprisingly, Calgary is second in ERA at 5.32 behind the Brisbane Bandits who lead in ERA at 3.78. It appears the Australian League is using the spiced up major league ball.

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