Fiasco Sports gives you a review of the series.
The SA Power Networks Adelaide Bite (21-25) were unable to secure a playoff spot
against the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat (32-14), being swept 4-0 at Barbagallo
Ballpark this past weekend.
Game 1 : ADL 3 – PER 4
The Perth Heat were able to continue their strong form at home, halting a near comeback
by the Bite and taking Game 1, 4-3.
Perth were able to score in the first inning thanks to an RBI single by Luke Hughes to right
field. The Heat managed to add another two runs in the fifth inning due to a two-run RBI
single by Brandon Tripp to make the score 3-0 heading into the top of the sixth inning.
Adelaide were able to put something on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth. Stefan
Welch hitting an RBI single to right field, making the score 3-1 The Bite were unable to
capitalise further, with men on first and third with one out, Ben Lodge grounded into a
double play, ending the inning.
Perth added another run in the seventh inning with Tim Kennelly hitting an RBI single to
centre field. Adelaide were able to tag Perth reliever Warwick Saupold for two runs in the
top of the ninth inning but it was not enough as Saupold was able to strikeout Byron Wiley
with a man on second base to end the game.
For Adelaide, starter Kyle Brueggemann was given his fifth loss of the season, lasting 6.2
innings, surrendering four runs on nine hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Josh
Cakebread was the highlight on offence for the Bite. The second baseman went 3-for-3
with a leadoff walk in. Stefan Welch also contributed with an RBI single on the night.
For Perth, Jack Frawley pitched six strong innings, conceding one earned run on six hits,
zero walks and five strikeouts. Despite giving up two earned runs, Saupold earnt his third
save of the year.
W: Frawley (7-2, 2.07) L: Brueggemann (4-5, 3.95) SV: Saupold (3) HR: None
Game 2 : ADL 4 – PER 5
Despite a strong pitching performance by James Campbell, the Bite were unable to take
Game 2, falling to the Heat, 5-4.
The Bite got off to a strong start in Game 2, scoring two runs in the second inning. Singles
by Ben Lodge and Chris Jacobs had the Bite set early and a walk by Angus Roeger loaded
the bases. Chris Adamson was able to capitalise on the opportunity, hitting a two-RBI
single to left field to give the Bite a 2-0 lead.
Adelaide were able to make it a 4-0 deficit with another two-run inning in the fifth. Joe
Sclafani walked with one out with a fielding error by Luke Hughes providing Brock Hebert
with a reprieve to put runners on first and second with one out. Stefan Welch hit his
seventh double of the year to drive in both Sclafani and Hebert and give the Bite a cushion
that proved that proved to be too small.
Perth were able to respond with runs in the six and seventh inning to cut the lead to 4-2.
Unfortunately for the Bite, they were unable to stop the Perth offence with the Heat scoring
three in the bottom of the eighth inning to give them a 5-4 lead. Perth’s Corey Adamson
providing the killing blow with a two-RBI triple to centre field, his third triple of the season.
The Bite had the opportunity to tie the game in the top of the ninth with a runner on third
base with one out, but they could not capitalise.
Bite starter James Campbell pitched five innings, conceding one earned run on two hits
with four walks and two strikeouts. Despite the strong performance, Campbell was
credited with a no-decision. Matthew Williams was saddled with the loss and his second
blown save of the season.
The Heat’s Brian Baker lasted five innings in his no-decision outing, surrendering four
runs, three earned on seven hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Reliever Brendan Wise
was credited with the win after three shutout innings of solid relief, Cameron Lamb earnt
his third save of the season in the win.
W: Wise (2-2, 4.03) L: Williams, Ma (3-4, 2.83) SV: Lamb (3) HR: None
Game 3 : ADL 3 – PER 4
Perth were able to take the series in Game 3 with a 4-3 win in a 10-inning affair following
an RBI single by Corey Adamson to take the victory.
Heat starter Anthony Claggett pitched six shutout innings in the victory, conceding four
hits, five walks and striking out seven. Claggett would have received the win but Warwick
Saupold earnt his second blown save of the season and left Claggett with a no decision.
Instead, Daniel Schmidt improved his record to 6-2 with one shutout inning following
For Adelaide, Darren Fidge was given the start and pitched well over 5.1 innings,
surrendering three runs, one earned on five hits, four walks and four strikeouts. Wilson
Lee relieved Fidge and pitched two shutout innings, Matthew Williams was credited with
the loss after giving up the winning run in 2.1 innings of relief.
Perth’s offence started with a three-run third inning, a bases loaded single by Brandon
Tripp followed by a hit-by-pitch by Luke Hughes and a sacrifice-fly to centre field by Matt
Kennelly providing the early lead. The score remained unchanged until Adelaide were able
to put runs on the board in the seventh and eighth innings to tie the game at 3-3 thanks to
Chris Jacobs, Chris Adamson and Joe Sclafani.
The game stayed tied into extra innings until an RBI single by Perth’s Corey Adamson in
the bottom of the 10th inning provided Perth with the series win and a chance at a possible
W: Schmidt (6-2, 3.22) L: Williams, Ma (3-5, 2.89) SV: None HR: None
Game 4 : ADL 5 – PER 7
Trying to avoid a series sweep, the Bite were unable a Game 4 loss, falling 7-5 after a
grand slam put the game and the avoidance of a sweep out of reach.
Perth were able to score runs in the first and third innings, securing a 3-0 lead after Tim
Kennelly hit a home run to left field, scoring George Barber and hitting his fourth home run
of the year.
Adelaide was able to cut the deficit to 3-1 after a sacrifice fly by Stefan Welch and
managed to put up four runs in the following inning, taking a 5-3 lead heading into the
bottom of seventh.
Perth’s Brandon Tripp hit a grand slam, scoring four runs and giving Perth an
insurmountable 7-5 lead.
For the Heat, Zach Staniewicz pitched six innings, surrendering one run on two hits, five
walks on two strikeouts. Brendan Wise received his second blown save of the season but
did also get his third win after one shutout inning of relief.
Bite pitcher Nick Valenza earnt his first loss of the season, conceding three earned runs in
0.1 of an inning of relief. Starter Blake Holovach received a no-decision after his three
inning outing, giving up three runs, two earned on six hits, no walks and three strikeouts.
W: Wise (3-2, 3.86) L: Valenza (0-1, 19.64) SV: Lamb (4) HR: PER: Kennelly (4), Tripp
The Adelaide Bite finished the season at 21-15 (.457), 11 games back from first place and
good enough for fifth place for the 2013/14 season. The 2013/14 ABL playoffs will begin
with the Sydney Blue Sox taking on the Canberra Cavalry in a best-of-three series, winner
of that series will take on the Perth Heat to get a chance to capture the Claxton Shield.
Written by Fraser Fyfe