Perth Heat, 2011-2012 Australian Baseball League Champions

I arrived back in America about an hour ago. Almost thirty hours of traveling, which of course sucked. What didn’t suck was the Perth Heat winning the 2011-2012 Australian Baseball League Championship over the Melbourne Aces in three games. Just like the All-Star Game, it was on TV to over 50 countries and was an awesome event to be a part of. I took advantage of the opportunity and took lots of photos.

James McOwen in centre field…

… and James McOwen hitting a home run in Game One to give the Heat a 2-1 lead.

Heat starter Virgil Vasquez threw a complete game, allowing just one run.

Vasquez with manager Brooke Knight after the Game One victory.

Vasquez and Yasunori.

Pitching coach and two-time World Series winner Graeme Lloyd.

Perth’s starter in Game Two was Warwick Saupold, winner of the Pitcher of the Year award in the ABL.

Heat catcher Allan de San Miguel, winner of the Gold Glove award.

Mychal Givens called safe.

Trevor Fox, on the right, is a rookie. Hence the pink backpack.

Saupold leaving the game.

Game Two went 13 innings into the night, and despite multiple chances to finish off the series, the Heat dropped the match and the Aces tied the it at one game each, forcing a third game on Sunday.

Game Three also went 13 innings, but the Heat walked off to win the championship for the second year in a row.

The head groundskeeper Rod Drew with Lloyd.

Yasunori being hoisted by the team on the field.

Brooke Knight getting a Gatorade bath after being tricked into “one last interview.”

After the celebrations was a champagne bath in the clubhouse.

“Lick the roof.”

Obviously it was an amazing time and it made the entire season completely worth all the work. I made lots of great friends once again and it was sad to say goodbye.

Now it feels good to be back.

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