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Reds Draw with Perth

29 December 1997

The Melbourne Reds proved many critics wrong on the weekend with a split series againgst Perth Heat. Many believed that the Reds would falter when they came up against the FAI Cup heavyweights, but this was not the case. The Reds lost the opening two games against the Heat, but showed their fighting spirit to win the remaining two games and split the series. The fourth being one of the Reds 'come from behind victories'.
In the first game, Perth Heat started slowly, but soon piled on the runs to win the game 13-6.
The second game was a much tighter affair which the Reds were unlucky not to win. The game was forced into the final inning, but Perth hit a home run to clinch the game. Reds newcomer David White pitched in this game, and he should be a valuable asset to the team.
The saturday evening was much better for the Reds. The first game was very tight, but the Reds got home 3-2. Jason Beverlin, pitched a complete game victory for the Reds, striking out 7 batters.
The fourth game saw the Reds come from behind yet again to win the game 8-3. Trailing 3-1 going into the sixth inning, the Reds piled on seven runs, to crush the Heat. Rob Hogan pitched superbly for the Reds to take his season record to five wins and no losses.
Best with the bat for the Reds was Scott Dawes, who has now lifted his average to .368, and also hitting a couple of home runs.

For further information, please contact Bruce Utting at the Reds office, on 9553 3202.

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