AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
2017 SEASON - WEEK 1

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  20 NOV 2016 - CHAMPION BANDITS TAKE FIRST SERIES 3-1 OVER CAVS!

OVERVIEW:   BANDITS - 17R  31H  3E  v  CAVALRY - 15R  36H  7E. The Brisbane Bandits narrowly outscored their visitors to take a worthy 3-1 home series victory against Canberra. Five errors in Game 2, and seven for the series, certainly didn't help the Cavalry who actually out-hit Brisbane thanks largely to their wide margin in their victorious Game 3.

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 1 - 17 NOV 2016 - Holloway Field

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

CANBERRA

0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 7 0

BRISBANE

1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 X 3 5 1
REPORT:  The defending ABL Champion Brisbane Bandits gave their home fans what they wanted on the opening night of the 2016/17 season with a hard-earned home victory at Holloway Field tonight. The Bandits got their teeth into the game early against Canberra's untidy starter Lee Sosa when Andrew Cambell led off the bottom of the first with a ringing double and he later scored the pipe-opening run on a ground ball out. A couple of walks issued by Sosa led to some mayhem on the bases in the bottom of the third, enabling 2016 star Mitch Nilsson to deliver a big RBI double. Returning for his second tour of ABL duty, Brisbane starter Rick Teasley was steady at the helm through four innings with his 2-0 lead until the contest turned on its head in the top of the fifth. Toronto Blue Jays import Josh Almonte led off the stanza with a double then, a couple of batters later, the dangerous Aaron Sloan clouted the first long ball of the season over left centre to level the ballgame in a blink of the eye. In the same inning Rick Teasley was lifted as Brisbane manager Dave Nilsson turned it over to six different relievers to get some early season work. In fact, twelve different pitchers took to the hill on opening night as the game remained somewhat nervously tied until the seventh inning. The Bandits escaped a big Canberra threat in the top of the seventh, then they struck themselves with a rather fortunate winning run scoring via a softly hit infield ground ball. That decisive run handed the loss to Andrew Case, while Sam Holland gratefully pocketed the win. Sobering news for rival ABL teams was the reappearance of 'Bully Boys' Matt Timms and Ryan Searle at the back end of Brisbane's bullpen, apparently ready to terrorise the league again this season. They recorded a hold and a save respectively to pick up where they left off earlier this year. The sounds of summer return to National League ballparks!

BRISBANE BANDITS

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Rick REASLEY  4.1ip 4h 2r 2er 2bb 2bb 3k;
Zac TREECE  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 4k;
James ALBURY  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Jake PANNUNZIO  0.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Sam HOLLAND (W,1-0)  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Matt TIMMS (H,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Ryan SEARLE (S,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Mitch NILSSON 2-3 (D-RBI); Kevin PADLO 1-3; Nathan HAAS 1-3;
Andrew CAMPBELL 1-4 (D); Thomas MILONE 0-2 (RBI);
Logan WADE 0-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Lee SOSA  4.0ip 3h 2r 2er 4bb 4k;
Tim ATHERTON  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Zech LEMOND  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Andrew CASE (L,0-1)  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 1k;
A.J HOLLAND  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Josh ALMONTE 2-4 (D); Aaron SLOAN 1-4 (HR-2RBI);
D.J DAVIS 1-3; David KANDILAS 1-4; Daiuchi TAKEUCHI 1-4;
Mike REEVES 1-4

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 2 - 18 NOV 2016 - Holloway Field

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

CANBERRA

0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 9 5

BRISBANE

0 0 0 2 0 0 3 3 X 8 10 0
REPORT:  After another very competitive first half of this second game of the series the home-standing Brisbane Bandits sprinted away to what the scoreboard showed to be a rather conclusive 8-3 win. Brisbane's veteran starter Justin Erasmus was staked to a 2-0 lead after the hot-hitting Mitch Nilsson homered to lead off the bottom of the fourth and a second run crossed the plate via a couple of defensive errors by the Cavalry who shot themselves in the cleats with five bloopers for the night. Unfortunately a win slipped from his grasp in the top of the next when Kyle Perkins drove in his brother Robbie with a levelling two-run shot over right-centre. Hayden Beard and Tyler Herr had provided some decent pitching for Canberra through six innings, but the game went into meltdown for them when import reliever A.J Holland was "all over the shop" following an error that allowed Brisbane's leadoff batter to reach safely. Three runs scored in the seventh and another three in the next when more errors enabled the Bandits bats to take advantage of a runaway game. Even though the Cavs clawed one back off Matt Timms, there was simply no way back for them when the ABL's new season saves record holder, Ryan Searle, struck out the last five batters to record his second save of the 2017 season from just as many outings. Almost unnoticed in the losing cause was Canberra newcomer Scott Kelly who batted 3-5, while young gun Aaron Whitefield drove in three runs for the victorious hosts.

BRISBANE BANDITS

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Justin ERASMUS  5.0ip 6h 2r 2er 1bb 4k;
Rhys NIIT (W,1-0)  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Matt TIMMS (H,2)  0.1ip 1h 1r 1er 2bb 0k;
Ryan SEARLE (S,2)  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 5k

OFFENCE:

Mitch NILSSON 2-3 (HR-2RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 2-5 (D-3RBI);
Kevin PADLO 2-5 (D); David SUTHERLAND 1-4;
Logan WADE 1-5 (RBI); William THORP 1-5 (D-RBI);
Thomas MILONE 1-5 (T)

PITCHING:

Hayden BEARD  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 3k;
Tyler HERR  4.0ip 5h 2r 1er 2bb 7k;
A.J HOLLAND (L,0-1)  0.1ip 1h 3r 2er 2bb 1k;
Brodie VASSALAKIS  1.2ip 4h 3r 3er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Scott KELLY 3-5; Kyle PERKINS 2-4 (HR-2RBI); Jason SLOAN 1-1;
Daiuchi TAKEUCHI 1-3; Robbie PERKINS 1-4; Aaron SLOAN 1-4 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 3 - 19 NOV 2016 - Holloway Field

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

CANBERRA

0 0 1 1 4 0 1 1 0 8 14 0

BRISBANE

0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 1
REPORT:  Facing a series loss with a 0-2 deficit, the travelling Canberra Cavalry hit back hard tonight with eight runs scored via 14 hits as they finally got on top of Brisbane's tough pitching staff. The Bandits briefly owned the lead after scoring in the bottom of the second but, after that, it was pretty much all Canberra. Kyle Perkins, who had gone deep last night, added two more "jacks" tonight. The first solo shot tied the game in the third and import team mate Mike Reeves did likewise to grab the lead in the top of the fourth. The game got away from the hosts in the top of the fifth when their starter Kramer Champlin seemed to hit the wall and former Sydney star David Kandilas cashed in with a big, bases clearing, three RBI double that was the highlight of a crucial four run frame. Five different Cavalry pitchers kept Brisbane's offence at bay with Andrew Case swooping for the win after starter Josh DeGraaf had struck out five in a fairly impressive ABL debut. Following a rough start to this series Canberra now has a chance to level this series tomorrow.

BRISBANE BANDITS

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Kramer CHAMPLIN (L,0-1)  4.2ip 7h 6r 6er 2bb 3k;
Simon MORRISS  4.1ip 7h 2r 2er 0bb 4k;

OFFENCE:

Andrew CAMPBELL 3-4; David SUTHERLAND 1-2;
Thomas MILONE 1-4 (D-RBI); Logan WADE 1-4;
Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-4; Connor MacDONALD 1-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Josh DeGRAAF  3.0ip 3h 1r 1er 2bb 5k;
Andrew CASE (W,1-1)  2.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Zech LEMOND  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 2bb 3k;
Tim ATHERTON  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k;
Steve KENT  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Kyle PERKINS 3-4 (2HR-2RBI); Scott KELLY 2-4 (D);
Josh ALMONTE 2-5; Mike REEVES 2-5 (HR-RBI);
Jason SLOAN 2-5 (2RBI); David KANDILAS 1-5 (D-3RBI);
Daiuchi TAKEUCHI 1-3; Aaron SLOAN 1-4

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 4 - 20 NOV 2016 - Holloway Field

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

CANBERRA

0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 6 2

BRISBANE

0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 X 4 8 1
REPORT:  Following another competitive contest the home-standing Brisbane Bandits emerged with a solid start to their title defence via a positive 3-1 series result. One of the famous Queensland baseball family, Daniel Nilsson, returned from a season in Adelaide to start for the Bandits, going head-to-head with Canberra import Sean Guinard who was back in the ABL after pitching for the Cavalry in 2013.
Robbie Perkins had Canberra on the board with his RBI double in the top of the second and it held sway until the bottom of the sixth. Tommy Milone drove in a game levelling RBI to snatch a possible win away from Guinard before a critical defensive error in the seventh helped the Bandits to sway the advantage back into their favour. Brisbane's new long-haired reliever Zac Treece snared the victory and he looks capable of adding even more venom to a "nasty" bullpen that saw Ryan Searle finish off the business once again. Import Kevin Padlo batted 2-3 for the Bandits, including his eighth inning long ball that gave his team some welcome breathing space near the end.

BRISBANE BANDITS

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Daniel NILSSON  4.0ip 3h 1r 1er 1bb 5k;
Jake PANNUNZIO  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Zac TREECE (W,1-0)  2.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Matt TIMMS (H,3)  0.1ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k;
Ryan SEARLE (S,3)  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 4k

OFFENCE:

Kevin PADLO 2-3 (HR-RBI); Connor Mac DONALD 1-3 (RBI);
Andrew CAMPBELL 1-3 (RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-3;
Thomas MILONE 1-4 (RBI); Mitch NILSSON 1-4;
David SUTHERLAND 1-4

PITCHING:

Sean GUINARD  5.1ip 4h 1r 1er 2bb 3k;
Aaron SLOAN (L,0-1)  2.2ip 8h 4r 3er 2bb 4k

OFFENCE:

Scott KELLY 2-4; Robbie PERKINS 2-4 (D-RBI); Josh ALMONTE 1-4;
David KANDILAS 1-4 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  Locals Mitch Nilsson and Andrew Campbell were joined by new import Kevin Padlo with five hits to top Brisbane's hitting chart. They headlined a well balanced offensive contribution for the defending Champs who look solid again. Kyle Perkins topped all comers in this series with three long balls at Holloway Field, even though his new team mate Scott Kelly was the leading hitter overall with seven.
On this occasion I'm going to bay-pass all the starting pitchers in this series, who were not stand outs, to anoint Brisbane closer Ryan Searle as the clear pitching star of this opening home series. Searle could hardly have been more dominant with ten strike outs and three saves coming from his three relief mightily effective appearances. Can he top his 2016 ABL record this season?

  20 NOV 2016 - MELBOURNE GRABS HOME SERIES 3-1 v PERTH!

OVERVIEW:  ACES - 22R  32H  3E  v  HEAT - 11R  37H  1E. It would be some ironic comfort for the Melbourne Aces that they were finally able to turn the tables on recent history, not only by beating Perth 3-1 for the series spoils, but also because they were out-hit while outscoring their opponents. In this case it is very easy to see that Perth's 15 hits in Game 3 caused that imbalanced statistic while Melbourne obviously won the other games quite convincingly with overall double the number of runs scored. A very solid defensive series saw only one blemish from the Heat and three costly ones from Melbourne in their losing Game 3.

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 1 - 18 NOV 2016 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

PERTH

0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1

MELBOURNE

2 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 X 8 9 0
REPORT:  It would be far too simple and way too early to suggest that Melbourne's windfall with the arrival of star catcher Allan de San Miguel crossing the Nullarbor has switched the balance of power in the ABL from the west to the east. However, his first appearance for the Aces has certainly brought about an early change of fortunes for the three-time wooden spooners who humbled the team that 'De San' helped take to four ABL Championships in the modern era at Altona tonight. Aside from his typically flawless glove work and his management of the pitching staff, Allan also delivered big style offensively with a three-run homer, another double that bounced off the top of the outfield fence and a single, for a grand total of five RBIs. He was pretty much a one-man wrecking crew in an outstanding debut that heartened his new home fans and would have dismayed his former home state. Lanky, long haired American Mark Hamburger mostly lived up to his former major league pedigree with five strong innings for a debut win as Melbourne's starter, while Perth starter Nick Veale had a rough ride in his original home city. The new look Melbourne Aces under the guidance of national team manager Jon Deeble have begun the 2017 season with renewed optimism yet, to state the obvious, it is very early to be drawing any bold conclusions. Allan de San Miguel was hailed as the new king of Melbourne Aces baseball at Melbourne Ballpark on an uplifting opening night.

MELBOURNE ACES

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (W,1-0)  5.0ip 3h 1r 1er 2bb 6k;
Andrew JONES  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Matt BEATTIE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Mitch KENNEDY  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Jeremy YOUNG  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Allan de SAN MIGUEL 3-4 (HR-D-5RBI); Jared CRUZ 1-3 (RBI);
Cody JONES 1-3 (D); Roman COLLINS 1-3; Josh DAVIES 1-4;
Ronald ACUNA 1-4 (RBI); Brad HARMAN 1-5

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE (L,0-1)  3.0ip 6h 6r 5er 5bb 3k;
Adam MILLSON  5.0ip 3h 2r 2er 2bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 2-3; Nick RUPPERT 1-3 (D); Jake BOWEY 1-4 (D);
Alex HALL 1-4; Sam KENNELLY 1-4 (RBI); Derek PETERSON 1-4

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 2 - 19 NOV 2016 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

PERTH

0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 6 0

MELBOURNE

4 0 0 0 1 0 X     5 7 0
REPORT:  As the legendary Yogi Berra might have said "it sure gets late early" in these seven inning matinee games. This one just ticked past 100 minutes with a tale of two players grabbing the headlines for the victorious Melbourne Aces - Mike Walker and Keisuke Honda. New Melbourne first baseman Walker is an American with Aussie heritage that enabled him to represent our national team at the 2013 World Baseball Classic and he made an early mark on our ABL competition today. His grand slam homer in the bottom of the first disappeared over the centre field fence at Melbourne Ballpark to put the Aces on course for a solid victory and a 2-0 series lead over the visiting Heat.
With that run support behind him, Japanese import Honda was able to settle in and to play the major part of a combined shutout with former Adelaide pitcher Josh Tols. Honda fanned one hitter per inning to douse any spot fires en-route to a pretty impressive debut victory and to get the better of Perth's Daniel Schmidt who was knocked around here today. It was the Walker and Honda show!

MELBOURNE ACES

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Keisuke HONDA (W,1-0)  6.0ip 6h 0r 0er 1bb 6k;
Josh TOLS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Mike WALKER 2-3 (HR-4RBI); Ronald ACUNA 2-3 (RBI);
Jared CRUZ 1-2; Cody JONES 1-3; Roman COLLINS 1-3

PITCHING:

Daniel SCHMIDT (L,0-1)  5.0ip 7h 5r 5er 2bb 1k;
Scott MITCHINSON  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 2-3 (D); Sam KENNELLY 1-2; Jesse BARRON 1-3;
Matt KENNELLY 1-3; Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-3;

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 3 - 19 NOV 2016 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

PERTH

0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 4 9 15 0

MELBOURNE

3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 7 3
REPORT:  When Melbourne's' new "man of the moment" Allan de San Miguel haunted his former team again with a three-run bomb in the bottom of the first and the Aces led 4-1 after five innings, this opening home series was all going to script for a home town win.
However, the Perth Heat had other ideas and rumours of their demise proved to be very much premature. Former Adelaide giant Dushan Ruzic had struck out six through five innings of stout work for Melbourne but, when the ball was turned over to the Aces' bullpen, things went rather rapidly downhill for the hosts and the Heat hitters broke out with eight more runs for the remainder of the game. Japanese reliever Shogo Noda endured a rough debut for the Aces as the game slipped from their grasp and young pro Brandon Stenhouse was also manhandled in the last inning. Perth's Tom Bailey left with his team facing defeat, even though he fanned eight Melbourne batters through five innings, so the win fell to 201cm newcomer Conor Lourey who was most impressive on debut for the Heat. Melbourne's offence was put on the back foot with no fewer than 15 of their batters sent packing via strike outs. Returning after one season away was Perth's dual Championship short stop Joey Wong who delivered three hits, as did another new local product Ulrich Bojarski. A lop-sided hits count of 15-7 was ample evidence of Perth's ascendency in this one as Melbourne's pitch was far too generous tonight.

MELBOURNE ACES

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Dushan RUZIC  5.0ip 6h 1r 1er 2bb 6k;
Shogo NODA (BS,1)  0.2ip 3h 3r 2er 1bb 1k;
Virgil VASQUEZ (L,0-1)  1.1ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Andrew JONES  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Brandon STENHOUSE  0.0ip 3h 4r 3er 0bb 0k;
Matt WILSON  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Roman COLLINS 2-4 (D); Jared CRUZ 1-3 (D); Ronald ACUNA 1-4;
Jarryd DALE 1-3 (RBI);  Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-4 (HR-3RBI);
Cody JONES 1-4

PITCHING:

Tom BAILEY  5.0ip 5h 4r 4er 1bb 8k;
Conor LOUREY (W,1-0)  2.2ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 5k;
Will DENNIS (S,1)  1.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Joey WONG 3-5 (RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 3-5 (D);
Jake BOWEY 2-4 (RBI); Nick RUPPERT 2-4;
Matt KENNELLY 2-5 (2RBI); Derek PETERSON 2-6 (RBI);
Luke HUGHES 1-5

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 4 - 20 NOV 2016 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

PERTH

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 0

MELBOURNE

1 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 X 5 9 0
REPORT:  A pretty rare event occurred at Melbourne Ballpark this afternoon when the "lately miserable" Melbourne Aces earned a series victory and the Perth Heat suffered a series defeat. After a very good debut pro season with the Atlanta Braves, Melbourne's 205cm tall left hander Jon Kennedy allowed an unearned run in the opening stanza before going on to strike out four and to spearhead a fine pitching effort by the Aces. He, Vasquez, Noda and Tols kept the Heat off the scoreboard through the last eight innings while Melbourne plated five.
Mike Walker tied the game with a RBI double in the bottom of the first and the man he drove in, Roman Collins, broke out with a decisive three-run dinger over right field in the bottom of the third. That was enough to hang the "L-Plate" on Perth starter Michael Lee while Virgil Vasquez added another ABL win to his gun belt and Josh Tols collected the save. Melbourne's Allan de San Miguel was absent from the hitter's list, but then, his former club walked him three times to avoid his big bat. Once again, we repeat, it is early days, but there is already a fair indication that Jon Deeble's Melbourne Aces may have more to offer than recent Melbourne teams... it's about time for that!

MELBOURNE ACES

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Jon KENNEDY  3.0ip 2h 1r 0er 0bb 4k;
Virgil VASQUEZ (W,1-1)  2.2ip 4h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Shogo NODA (H,1)  1.1ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Josh TOLS (S,1)  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Roman COLLINS 2-4 (HR-3RBI); Cody JONES 2-4 (RBI);
Mike WALKER 1-3 (D-RBI); Ryan DALE 1-3; Ronald ACUNA 1-4;
Brad HARMAN 1-4; Jarryd DALE 1-4

PITCHING:

Michael LEE (L,0-1)  5.0ip 6h 4r 4er 5bb 3k;
Lex RUTLEDGE  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 4k;
Cameron LAMB  1.0ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 2-3; Jesse BARRON 2-3 (D); Joey WONG 1-4;
Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-4 (RBI); Jake BOWEY 1-4; Matt KENNELLY 1-4;
Sam KENNELLY 1-4

SERIES STARS:  New import Roman Collins showed that he could be a most valuable player this season with six hits and three RBIs, but probably not as valuable as established ABL star Allan de San Miguel who didn't spare his former club with two long balls and eight big RBIs for the Aces. Former major leaguer Luke Hughes hasn't lost much of his potency with seven hits to lead the way for Perth.
New import starters Keisuke Honda and Mark Hamburger looked very much the goods in their first series for the Aces.

  20 NOV 2016 - SYDNEY TAKES OPENING HONOURS 3-1 v BITE!

OVERVIEW:  BLUE SOX - 21R  31H  5E  v  BITE - 13R  32H  5E. Hardly for the first time in recent ABL history the Adelaide Bite add to the list of teams who have out-hit their opposition, only to lose the series. However, they trailed 0-3 after losing the tight extra-innings Game 3 and Sydney did appear to be overall stronger at Blacktown this weekend. They did a pretty good job of taking their scoring opportunities and the home series win is always a welcome, perhaps expected, result in any competition.

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 1 - 18 NOV 2016 - Blacktown

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

ADELAIDE

2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 7 2

SYDNEY

0 2 3 3 5 0 0 0 X 13 12 3
REPORT:  With some new faces in their offensive lineup, the Sydney Blue Sox fired a loud warning shot across the bows of ABL rivals at Blacktown tonight with a very conclusive 13-4 win over the visiting Bite. Sydney rattled up 13 runs from twelve hits to smash last season's runners-up who saw an early lead amount to very little in the end. It looked pretty good for Adelaide when leadoff batter LeDarious Clark was hit by a pitch and Jordan Cowan tripled him home to spark a two-run top of the first. That proved to be all the damage they could inflict on evergreen Sydney starter Craig Anderson who collected the 43rd win of his career entering his 17th AMLB season.
Things didn't go nearly so well for Adelaide's debutant starter Sean Callegan who was severely punished before taking an early shower, only to be followed by Gold Coast product Tyler Chappell who was also harshly dealt with on debut. The game vanished from sight for the Bite over innings two to five when the 'B-Sox' hammered away to compile 13 runs and to take any pressure off their locally stocked bullpen. Milwaukee Brewers import, Canadian Malik Collymore, gave us an early glimpse of what he might bring by going deep during his 3-4 game with six RBIs in a stunning debut. Another new import, Tucker Neuhaus, lashed two doubles for three RBIs as fine contributor for Sydney who looked strong at home tonight.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON (W,1-0)  5.0ip 5h 2r 2er 2bb 3k;
Vaughan HARRIS  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 2k;
Matthew RAE  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Todd GRATTAN  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Alex OSBORNE  1.0ip 0h 1r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Malik COLLYMORE 3-4 (D-HR-6RBI); Alex HOWE 2-3 (T);
Tucker NEUHAUS 2-4 (2D-3RBI); Joshua DEAN 2-5 (RBI);
Jacob YOUNIS 1-3 (RBI); Stone GARRETT 1-3 (T-RBI);
Trent D'ANTONIO 1-3 (D)

PITCHING:

Sean CALLEGAN (L,0-1)  3.0ip 7h 7r 7er 3bb 3k;
Tyler CHAPPELL  1.1ip 5h 6r 5er 1bb 1k;
Matt WILLIAMS  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 4k;
Zach COOPER  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Nathan VanDerLINDEN  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Connar O'GORMAN 2-3 (D); LeDarious CLARK 1-4;
Angus ROEGER 1-4; Mitch LIGHTBODY 1-4; Mitch DENING 1-5;
Jordan COWAN 1-5 (T-RBI); Stefan WELCH 0-3 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 2 - 19 NOV 2016 - Blacktown

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 4 2

SYDNEY

0 0 0 2 0 0 X     2 3 0
REPORT:  If you came to Blacktown today hoping for plenty of offence, then you came to the wrong place! Just seven combined hits and only two extra base hits were on offer as quality pitching assumed the forefront. Seasoned Independent League right-hander Luke Wilkins really applied the clamps to the travelling Bite for a truncated seven-inning shutout, while Steven Chambers had to battle through too many walks to keep his team in the contest. The one decisive scoring moment arrived in the bottom of the fourth when an error and a walk set the table for Milwaukee Brewers import Tucker Neuhaus to deliver a two RBI double that separated these teams this afternoon.
Although Adelaide led the paltry hits count 4-3, errors and walks remain a death threat for baseball teams.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS (W,1-0)  7.0ip 4h 0r 0er 2bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Tucker NEUHAUS 2-3 (D-2RBI); Trent D'ANTONIO 1-4

PITCHING:

Steven CHAMBERS (L,0-1)  4.0ip 2h 2r 0er 6bb 1k;
Hei Chun LEE  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;

OFFENCE:

LeDarious CLARK 2-3; Josh ALTMANN 1-1 (D); Jordan COWAN 1-3

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 3 - 19 NOV 2016 - Blacktown

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 0

SYDNEY

1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 8 2
REPORT:  It took the Sydney Blue Sox eleven nerve jangling innings to clinch this opening home series with an unassailable 3-0 advantage at Blacktown tonight. Young pro Zac Shepherd smacked a RBI double in the first and his leadoff double in the fifth was driven home by Jacob Younis to hand the hosts a 2-0 lead after five complete. Trevor Foss had produced a tidy start for Sydney before the wheels started to wobble in the top of the sixth and four Adelaide hits rather deflated his pitching line with two equalising runs snatching away a debut 'W'.
Bite starter Taylor Hawkins was also effective enough before the game rolled into extra innings and the result was in the clutches of the respective bullpens. Adelaide's Christopher Horne and Loek van Mil offered very little to the Blue Sox while their own relief staff were steady enough to keep the zeroes flowing onto the box score. With runners placed on first and second to begin the eleventh inning under tie-breaker rules Adelaide could not convert and the hosts didn't pass up their opportunity to walk it off. Former Sydney saves leader Matt Williams took the defeat when 30yo Sydney "rookie" Michael Campbell became an instant hero with his game winning RBI double.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Trevor FOSS  5.1ip 7h 2r 2er 1bb 4k;
Josh GEYER  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Ryoto YOSHIKOSHI  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Sven SCHULLER  2.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Gyoung Wan LIM (W,1-0)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Zac SHEPHERD 2-5 (2D-RBI); Michael CAMPBELL 2-5 (D-RBI);
Jacob YOUNIS 1-3 (RBI); Trent D'ANTONIO 1-3;
Stone GARRETT 1-4; Tucker NEUHAUS 1-3

PITCHING:

Taylor HAWKINS  5.0ip 6h 2r 2er 4bb 1k;
Christopher HORNE  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Loek van MIL  3.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 4k;
Matt WILLIAMS (L,0-1) 1h 1r 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Mitch DENING 2-4; Angus ROEGER 2-4; Josh ALTMANN 2-5 (RBI);
Marcus GREEN JR. 2-5 (RBI); Stefan WELCH 1-4;
Connar O'GORMAN 1-4

 
 

WEEK 1 - Game 4 - 20 NOV 2016 - Blacktown

 

Team

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

ADELAIDE

1 0 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 7 11 1

SYDNEY

1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 8 0
REPORT:  Adelaide fans may well consider it too little, too late, yet this consolation win in the opening series finale at Blacktown has them on the board for this season and it may prove to be a vital win in the season wash-up. The Bite finally took advantage of Sydney's seasoned pro Aaron Sookee who struggled for command today. Seven walks eventually caught up with him and Adelaide overturned an early 1-2 deficit with three runs in the top of the fifth. In the midst of it was Bite import Marcus Green Jr. who drove in five runs as the player of the game for the visitors. His efforts helped to secure a debut win for recent Detroit Tigers pro signing Jack O'Loughlin who showed a deal of promise with some quality long middle relief duty this afternoon. Former Sydney stalwart Mitch Dening also taunted his former team mates with two valuable RBIs for the visitors who had the last word today in a series win for their hosts.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Aaron SOOKEE (L,0-1)  4.2ip 5h 4r 4er 7bb 3k;
Gyoung Wan LIM  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Vaughan HARRIS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Matthew RAE  1.0ip 4h 2r 2er 0bb 1k;
Todd GRATTAN  0.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Alex HOWE 2-4 (RBI); Malik COLLYMORE 1-4; Joshua DEAN 1-4;
Tucker NEUHAUS 1-4; Stone GARRETT 1-4 (RBI);
Jacob YOUNIS 1-5; Michael CAMPBELL 1-5

PITCHING:

Nick HUTCHINGS  2.0ip 2h 2r 2er 3bb 1k;
Jack O'LOUGHLIN (W,1-0)  3.2ip 5h 1r 1er 2bb 1k;
Hei Hun LEE (H,1)  1.1ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Zach COOPER  2.1ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Mitch DENING 2-4 (D-2RBI); LeDarious CLARK 2-4;
Marcus GREEN JR. 2-5 (D-5RBI); Nathan VANDERLINDEN 2-5;
Jordan COWAN 1-3 (D); Stefan WELCH 1-2; Josh ALTMANN 1-5

SERIES STARS:  New import Tucker Neuhaus showed plenty for Sydney in this opening series with six hits, three doubles and five driven in, but even he couldn't overhaul the six RBIs posted by Malik Collymore in the series opener. Former Blue Sox Mitch Dening led the Bite with five safe hits and Marcus Green Jr. came through with six RBIs for the series.
Sydney's Game 2 starter Luke Wilkins was clearly pitcher of the series with his complete, seven innings, shutout.