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Perth Heat drop spring training series against USA All-Stars
After Game One ended in a 4-4 tie, the USA won Game Two 4-2.
11/13/2017 3:34 AM ET
 

A YOUTHFUL Perth Heat side have fallen to a USA All-Stars team in a two-game Spring Training series at the Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark this weekend.

Perth was on the receiving end of a 4-2 scoreline in Game Two last night after Friday's Game One ended in a 4-4 draw.

Coach Andy Kyle says the series was an opportunity to test new combinations and playing personnel.

"It's not the result we were after but we showed promise," he said.

"This season we will rely on a full team effort, so to get some of the young guys playing time was ideal."

The series was a look to the future - with 23-year-old outfielder Matt Dixon the oldest member of the Heat's lineup last night.

"The young guys will learn from games like these," Kyle said.

In Game One, the Heat took an early lead after a solo home run from Cincinnati Reds prospect Jake Turnbull in the bottom of the second inning.

Team USA fought back in the top of the fourth, however, taking a 2-1 lead to stun the home crowd.

The Heat hit back immediately, with an Alex Hall sacrifice fly tying the game up before Matt Dixon's RBI single put Perth on top 3-2.

A Jake Taylor RBI single extended the Heat's lead in the bottom of the seventh before the USA scored two late runs to escape with the draw.

Import Alex Boshers tossed five innings, giving up two runs in his second appearance for the Heat.

Game two, played last night was a different story, with the USA's offence pulling through in crucial moments.

Michael Hart launched a first-inning home run off Nick Veale to give the visitors the lead - and they never looked back.

Billy Clapperson then drove in two insurance runs for the USA in the top of the sixth inning off Daniel Schmidt, before Anthony Moanara's RBI single made it 4-0.

The Heat staged a brief comeback in the eighth inning - Jess Williams' leadoff single was followed by a double from Jake Turnbull and an Alex Hall 2-RBI single to narrow the score to 4-2, but it wasn't enough to pick up the win.

"I'm feeling pretty good at the plate - hopefully I can carry on swinging the bat well," Hall said.

The Heat travel to Melbourne on Thursday to take on the Aces in a four-game series starting Friday.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.