Heat enter Queensland's ABL hub five days early
Following a classic New Year's Eve encounter to open the Perth Heat's Australian Baseball League season in Melbourne, that series with the Aces has now been postponed with the team heading to the Queensland hub five days earlier.
The Heat and Aces played out a tense and high-quality affair at Melbourne Ballpark on New Year's Eve.
While the Aces ended up winning 1-0 there was a lot to like from the Heat in their first appearance of the season especially in the pitching of Dylan Unsworth, Zac Reininger and Alan Strong, and the hitting from Tampa Bay Rays prospect Grant Witherspoon.
It was scheduled to be the first of a four-game series for the Heat with the Aces, but that has now been postponed due to COVID-19 border restrictions.
That has meant the Heat have flown to Brisbane on Friday morning and have now entered into the ABL's Queensland hub five days earlier than originally scheduled alongside the Brisbane Bandits and Adelaide Giants.
Heat chief executive Steve Nelkovski remains confident that the ABL season will be able to played out with the knowledge always that some changes might be needed along the way.
"The original plan for the team was to spend three weeks on the road, now the complications with COVID-19 has meant we are moving up to Queensland earlier than expected now," Nelkovski said.
"The health of our team and the community will always be the first priority but again it's a collective effort from all teams in the ABL to play as many games as possible.
"At the start of the season, we understood that there would be challenges along the way and the real possibility of the schedule being changed.
"We are committed to playing out a season and returning home to play in front of our members and fans at Empire Ballpark."
The ABL will announce further details on the updated schedule in due course.
By Chris Pike.