In a must win game for the Adelaide Bite, the score went back and forth as the Adelaide Bite stayed at the right side of the score in twelve frames: 8-4. The final score was a bit flattered though as the game was close for the biggest part.
After Adelaide took a 3-1 lead in the first inning, the Bite could not cling on to the lead as Jack O’Loughlin gave up two runs in the bottom of the second inning. A walk, a double and a homerun by Marcus Greene, gave Adelaide the 3-0 lead. But Brisbane bounced back by scoring a run in the bottom of the first and two on back-to-back solo homeruns in the bottom of the second.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Bandits took a 4-3 lead when Aaron Whitefield scored on a 4-3 ground out hit by Mitch Nilsson.
It was the Bite’s turn to get back in the game in the top of the seventh inning, when LeDarious Clark singled on a ground ball to center field, driving in Josh Altman.
Both teams did not score during the remaining regular innings, so extra innings were needed.
In the tenth and the eleventh inning, both teams did not score, even though the Bite had a huge opportunity with Jordan Cowan at third and no outs, but eventually the Bite failed to cash in.
But in the twelfth inning Ryan Searle collapsed as he surrendered four runs. Searle had entered the game in the tenth inning and kept the Bite scoreless for two frames. But the twelfth frame did not start well as he gave up a single and a two run homerun, a no doubter to right field hit by Mitch Dening on which the right fielder did not even make an attempt to run towards the wall. But that was not all for the Bite. With runners in scoring position, Josh Altman singled home a run before Ryan Searle was replaced by Simon Morriss. A.C. Carter then hit a sac fly to left field, on which Stefan Welch could score the eighth run for the Bite.
Zach Cooper shut the door for the Bandits as he gave up one walk in the twelfth and retired the rest of the batters that he faced. In two innings in relief he struck out three for the win.
Dutchie Loek van Mil pitched four innings, giving up three hits and fanning three.
Jordan Cowan was the Bite’s best hitter, going 4 for 6 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.
Now the circus will head back to Adelaide to play the rubber game of this series, tomorrow.