Today it was double header day in the Australian Baseball league. Since the All Star Game was played on Wednesday, there was an extra day of rest. But since the league always has four games per week, the Thursday had to be made up. Most teams split the double headers, except for the Adelaid Bite, that won both of its matches today.
Donald Lutz played one game of the Brisbane Bandits’ double header vs the Canberra Cavalry and contributed big time. In five at bats he collected three hits and drove in four runs on a grand slam homerun in the first inning. He scored two runs during the game that was won by the Bandits 11-4. In the other game of the double header, Lutz didn’t see any action. The Bandits fell 8-1 to the Canberra Cavalry.
The Adelaide Bite had won the first game of the double header vs the Perth Heat with clear numbers: 11-3. In game two it looked like the Heat would win the game for a long time as they had taken a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning after which the Bite came back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. In the top of the seventh the heat added two more runs to take a commanding 7-3 lead. But eventually that proved to be not enough.
The Bite had a big seventh inning as they scored five runs on consecutive singles by Kyle Petty, Tom Brice, Angus Roeger and Marc Wik. When Corey Lyon grounded to first baseman Correlle Prime, the latter committed a throwing error as he tried to throw out Angus Roeger who dashed home from third base. A ground ball single to center field by Travis Demeritte, drove in the fourth and fifth run for Adelaide in that inning.
Loek van Mil had entered the game in the top the seventh inning as reliever Nick Talbot gave up two runs without recording an out. Van Mil allowed one more run to score but Talbot was tabbed with that run. In the
eighth inning, Van Mil gave up a double and a walk but kept the Heat from scoring. Van Mil was replaced in the ninth by Kody Kerski, who retired the side for the save. As the Bite took the lead after Van Mil entered the game, he earned his second win of the ABL season.
In two innings of work, Loek van Mil gave up two hits and a walk. He also struck out three. Thanks to this outing, he lowered his ERA to 1.59.