ABL: Van Mil and Bandits one win away from fourth consecutive championship

The Brisbane Bandits made an important step towards their fourth consecutive championship as they beat the Perth Heat 3-2 in Perth. Both teams collected seven hits but Brisbane appeared to be a bit more effective.

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In the second inning of the game, the Brisbane Bandits took a 2-0 lead thanks to two doubles and a fielding error.

In the third inning, Perth inched closer when Heat took advantage of a bases-loaded wild pitch. An RBI single by Tim Kennelly tied the game at two in the fourth inning.

After Brisbane’s Logan Wade doubled in the seventh, he scored on a groundball single to left field hit by Wade Dutton.

That was the point where Loek van Mil entered the game in the bottom of the seventh as he served as a setup man for Ryan Searle. Van Mil pitched to scoreless innings with a little help from his defense. In the seventh inning, he retired the side. In the eighth inning, he gave up a double to Robbie Glendinning but thanks to an inning-ending double play (Carl Chester flied out to center fielder Andrew Campbell, who bowled Robbie Glendinning off second base).

Ryan Searle replaced Loek van Mil in the top of the ninth and retired the side to earn the save and to secure the win.

The circus will now move to Brisbane for game two and game three (if necessary).

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