ABL: Brisbane Bandits fourpeats

With an easy victory over the Perth Heat (9-4), the Brisbane Bandits have clinched their fourth consecutive ABL championship. The victory never was endangered as the Bandits took an early 8-0 lead before the Heat could do something back. Perth hit four home runs but as they were all solo shots it did not have much effect. 

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Already leading 2-0 after two innings, the Bandits had an offensive outburst in the third innings. With the bases loaded and no outs, Wade Logan singled to right field to drive in the first of six runs in that inning. Two wild pitches, good for two runs and a single, good for the remaining three, gave the Bandits a comfortable lead over the Heat.

In the next three innings, Perth was able to do something back but it was limited to a run per inning, so the team never really got dangerous. Pete Kozma hit a solo home run in the fourth, Chris Clare did the same in the fifth and so did Robbie Glendinning in the sixth. In the top of the eighth Pete Kozma just came a foot short for his second solo shot of the night as he hit a towering fly ball that was caught just in front of the outfield fence by left fielder Wynton Bernard. With two outs, Robbie Glendinning hit his second solo dinger of the night.

Tim Atherton pitched something that was close to a jam. Sure he gave up four solo home runs but he also managed to retired ten batters on strikeouts.

Even though Loek van Mil threw some warmup pitches in the bullpen, he wasn’t sent to the mound by manager Dave Nilsson. The honor of recording the final three outs was given to Ryan Searle, who, despite giving up a double to Chris Clare, retired three batters for  Brisbane fourth consecutive ABL championship.

As the team had some fierce competition of the Sydney Blue Sox in their division this year, this championship is undisputed.

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