AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
2017 SEASON - WEEK 10

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  29 JAN 2017 - BANDITS INTO PLAYOFFS AFTER 3-1 WIN IN CANBERRA!

OVERVIEW:   CAVALRY - 15R  33H  7E  v  BANDITS - 25R  35H  3E. The Brisbane Bandits came to take care of business in Canberra this weekend and they did so in fairly commanding style to usurp the Cavalry from the third playoff berth. The Bandits had just two more hits than their hosts, yet they cashed in ten more runs. It was a very disappointing home series for Canberra and seven errors didn't help them.

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 1 - 26 JAN 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

0 0 0 0 4 1 0 3 0 8 12 1

CANBERRA

1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 5 9 2
REPORT:  With this big win at Narrabundah on Australia Day, the travelling Brisbane Bandits have, at least temporarily, leapfrogged the Cavalry into a playoff position. The cream rose to the top for Brisbane tonight with starter Rick Teasley providing a quality outing and former Sydney major leaguer Trent Oeltjen delivering a huge three-run homer that was the platform for the victory. Canberra took an early lead against Teasley when Josh Almonte tripled and scored in the bottom of the first. From there he battled a determined Brian Grening with no further scoring until the top of the fifth when Oeltjen came through with the the big, two out, three run shot to punctuate a four-run inning that proved decisive. The teams traded runs in the sixth inning that signalled the departure of both Teasley and Grening, with Teasley recording his third win of the season for the Bandits. A couple of walks to begin the top of the eighth issued by A.J Holland led to Brisbane sending all nine batters to the plate and three more runs pretty much killed off the contest. The Cavalry arrived too late with three more runs over the final two frames to make the final score appear respectable, while Bandits' closer Ryan Searle recorded his 300th ABL punch out with three K's in the bottom of the ninth. Canberra could not have asked more from former pro slugger Boss Moanaroa who batted 4-4 plus a walk from his five plate appearances in the losing cause. There remains plenty at stake in this series and the hosts must now respond.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Brian GRENING (L,0-1)  5.2ip 7h 5r 4er 0bb 5k;
Tyler HERR  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
A.J HOLLAND  0.0ip 1h 3r 3er 2bb 0k;
Josh DeGRAAF  2.0ip 3h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Boss MOANAROA 4-4 (D); Robbie PERKINS 1-4 (D-2RBI);
Aaron SLOAN 1-3; Josh ALMONTE 1-5 (T); Jason SLOAN 1-5;
David KANDILAS 1-5 (RBI); Aaron SAYERS 0-4 (RBI);
Kyle PERKINS 0-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Rick TEASLEY (W,3-3)  6.0ip 6h 2r 2er 0bb 2k;
Zac TREECE (H,5)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Justin ERASMUS  1.0ip 2h 2r 0er 0bb 0k;
Ryan SEARLE  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 2bb 3k

OFFENCE:

David RODRIGUEZ 2-4; Thomas MILONE 2-4; Wade DUTTON 1-4;
Aaron WHITEFIELD 2-5 (2RBI); David SUTHERLAND 1-3 (RBI);
Logan WADE 1-4; Trent OELTJEN 1-5 (HR-3RBI);
Kevin PADLO 1-5 (2RBI); Mitch NILSSON 1-5

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 2 - 27 JAN 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1

CANBERRA

0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 X 4 7 0
REPORT:  For quite a while it looked very much like the Canberra Cavalry might waste a tremendous starting effort from Louis Cohen who was near the top of his game at Narrabundah tonight. Major leaguer Trent Oeltjen doubled and scored in the top of the first to put the Bandits on top but, after that Cohen was rarely under threat as he picked his spots with impressive command through seven innings.
Rival starter Kramer Champlin was also in a dominant mood and he cruised through five scoreless innings with just two base runners allowed, one due to a hit by pitch. However, his demise arrived quickly and rather unexpectedly in the bottom of the sixth when D.J Davis led off the inning with a single and Josh Almonte drove him home to tie the contest. The hosts went ahead with two runs in that stanza and followed with another two in the bottom of the next when Brisbane reliever Justin Erasmus was unusually wayward. Those four runs were enough for Tim Atherton to record a very convincing hold and for Zech Lemond to take his third save. No doubt those guys reaped the benefit of the heavy lifting done by Louis Cohen who put Canberra back into pole position for third place as it stands tonight.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Louis COHEN (W,4-0)  7.0ip 5h 1r 1er 1bb 4k;
Tim ATHERTON (H,4)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Zech LEMOND (S,3)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Josh ALMONTE 2-4 (2D-RBI); D.J DAVIS 1-2; Jason SLOAN 1-3 (D);
Aaron SAYERS 1-3 (RBI); Aaron SLOAN 1-3 (RBI);
Robbie PERKINS 1-4

PITCHING:

Kramer CHAMPLIN (L,2-4)  5.1ip 3h 2r 1er 0bb 1k;
Zac TREECE  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Justin ERASMUS  0.2ip 3h 2r 2er 1bb 0k;
Sam HOLLAND  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Mitch NILSSON 2-4; Trent OELTJEN 1-4 (D);
David RODRIGUEZ 1-3; Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-4

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 3 - 28 JAN 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

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

CANBERRA

0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 0
REPORT:  The Brisbane Bandits pulled out a dramatic extra innings win on the road in Canberra and it might well prove pivotal in their quest to defend their 2016 ABL Championship. We have mentioned often in these reports what a weapon David Nilsson has at his disposal with career starting pitcher Ryan Searle anchoring the back end of his bullpen with the capability of handling multiple innings if required. He was on hand to take his third win of the season tonight as the game rolled into extra innings and he was into his fourth scoreless frame when the contest was finally decided. Most of the scoring happened early at Narrabundah tonight with the hot conditions helping the ball to sail out of the 'The Fort' on four occasions. David Rodriguez and Logan Wade "went yard" back-to-back to start the top of the second and David Sutherland added a third solo shot for a 3-0 lead. Local lad Robbie Perkins did his best to answer with a two run "jack" in the bottom of the inning and it looked like we were in for a high-scoring slugfest. Rival starters Sean Guinard and Ryan Rowland-Smith were both hit hard and out of the game early, but the fireworks were soon to subside. After five innings the scores were locked at 4-4 and it stayed that way until the tie-breaker rules were needed to decide it in the eleventh. Offensive star of the game David Rodriguez delivered a huge, two out, RBI double in the top of the eleventh for the Bandits and Searle did not allow the Cavalry to pull it back. Bring on Game 4!

CANBERRA CAVALRY

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Sean GUINARD  3.1ip 7h 4r 4er 0bb 1k;
Andrew CASE  2.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Tyler HERR  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Zech LEMOND (L,1-2)  1.0ip 1h 1r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Josh ALMONTE 3-5 (D-RBI); Boss MOANAROA 2-5;
David KANDILAS 1-4 (D-RBI); Robbie PERKINS 1-5 (HR-2RBI);
Scott KELLY 1-5 (D); Aaron SAYERS 1-5

PITCHING:

Ryan ROWLAND-SMITH  4.0ip 6h 4r 4er 0bb 4k;
Ty'Relle HARRIS  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Zac TREECE  0.1ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Ryan SEARLE (W,3-2)  3.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

David RODRIGUEZ 3-5 (D-HR-2RBI); Logan WADE 2-5 (HR-RBI);
Andrew CAMPBELL 1-3; David SUTHERLAND 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Kevin PADLO 1-4 (D-RBI); Thomas MILONE 1-4

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 4 - 29 JAN 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

3 0 1 0 2 3 0 0 2 11 9 1

CANBERRA

1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 8 5
REPORT:  The travelling Brisbane Bandits deflated home fans at 'Fort Narrabundah' by securing third seeding for the post season on a hot sunny day in Canberra this afternoon. The Bandits offence got on top of Cavalry starter Scott Cone early in this one and never really let their hosts get a foothold in the contest from there on. Three successive walks to start the game was just about as bad as it can get and they paid the price for those when the productive David Rodriguez stroked a two RBI double and they posted three runs before the Cavalry had batted.
Although they pulled one run back in the bottom of the first, Canberra was always second best today as Brisbane did the bulk of the scoring for the rest of the game to lead 6-1 and 9-2 before running away to a decisive 11-2 victory. Rodriguez added a two-run homer in the top of the fifth for a big four RBI game and he looms as a player to be contained in the playoffs. In the bottom of the fifth Kyle Perkins nailed his sixth home run of the season from 28 games for Canberra to equal the tally of Rodriguez who has played only 19 games.
Stalwart performer Justin Erasmus took the win for Brisbane in middle relief to be part of a solid effort that included his bullpen comrades Simon Morriss, Sam Holland and Matt TImms. Scott Kelly ended his fine season with a .326 batting average after batting 3-4 for the Cavalry who bowed out after a rather disappointing home series defeat.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Scott CONE (L,0-3)  2.2ip 3h 4r 4er 4bb 1k;
Josh DeGRAAF  2.1ip 3h 2r 2er 1bb 0k;
Jackson LOWERY  0.2ip 1h 3r 0er 2bb 1k;
A.J HOLLAND  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Brodie VASSALAKIS  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Tim ATHERTON  1.0ip 2h 2r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Scott KELLY 3-4; Jason SLOAN 2-3; Kyle PERKINS 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Boss MOANAROA 1-4; Robbie PERKINS 1-4

PITCHING:

Simon MORRISS  4.2ip 4h 2r 1er 1bb 4k;
Sam HOLLAND  1.1ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Justin ERASMUS (W,3-1)  2.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Kevin PADLO 2-3; Thomas MILONE 2-4 (D-2RBI);
David RODRIGUEZ 2-5 (D-HR-4RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-3 (RBI);
Wade DUTTON 1-3; Logan WADE 1-5 (2RBI)

SERIES STARS:  Brisbane's Venezuelan import David Rodriguez topped all offensive players this weekend with eight hits, including two doubles and two homers, for six runs batted in. Boss Moanaroa led the Cavalry with seven hits from import Josh Almonte who recorded six safe hits.
Although Canberra endured a disappointing home series they boasted the best of the pitching performances when Louis Cohen supplied a gem in Game 2 for their only win of the series.

  29 JAN 2017 - ADELAIDE MARCHES INTO POST SEASON 3-1 v SYDNEY!

OVERVIEW:   BITE - 28R  39H  6E  v  BLUE SOX - 13R  36H  10E. The visiting Blue Sox did their damage in Game 1 when they ended Adelaide's slim chance to host the Championship series. After that the Bite took over to clinch a home Preliminary Final with a clear 3-1 series result.
Given that Adelaide outscored Sydney 28-13, it was a tad surprising that the differential in hits was only three. !6 total errors for the series was not impressive, yet it won't matter too much to Adelaide who will be seeking a Championship tilt next weekend.

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 1 - 26 JAN 2017 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 11 2

ADELAIDE

0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 7 4
REPORT:  Adelaide's flickering hopes of hosting a Championship series in their first season at West Beach were finally snuffed out tonight with a narrow home defeat at the hands of the Sydney Blue Sox. Coming off a terrific performance with the young Aussie team that qualified for the U18 World Cup, teenage Adelaide starter Jack O'Loughlin had a harrowing outing tonight with too many Sydney hits keeping him constantly under pressure and defensive errors also costing him three unearned runs. While he was saddled with his third loss of the season, Sydney's star import Trevor Foss was also walking the tightrope with four hits and three walks against his record for the night. Thankfully for him, he also mixed in six strike outs across his four innings to keep the scoreboard damage to a manageable minimum. Three one out singles by the Blue Sox set-up Guy Edmonds for a go-ahead sacrifice fly RBI in the top of the second before the Bite hit back hard in the home half of the second. A leadoff walk and Angus Roeger's RBI double ignited a three-run haul for the hosts and things seemed fairly rosy.
However, Sydney was not about to let their season fade away meekly when two hits to open the top of the third led to two game-tying runs and eventual winning pitcher Vaughan Harris took the ball for them. A one out error enabled the Blue Sox to rally again for two runs in the top of the fifth and, even though Adelaide clawed one back in the bottom of the inning, there was no further scoring and the Bite fell one run short. With five strike outs over his gallant three-plus innings, veteran Matt Williams did all he could to keep Adelaide in the hunt, but the Sydney bullpen also held firm to preserve the narrowest of leads. Lim and Guyer took holds ahead of Todd Van Steensel's third save.
Every player in Sydney's lineup enjoyed at least one hit and the Adelaide Bite had to accept their disappointing fate tonight.

ADELAIDE BITE

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Jack O'LOUGHLIN (L,3-3)  4.2ip 9h 5r 2er 0bb 2k;
Matt WILLIAMS  3.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 5k;
Loek van MIL  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Jordan COWAN 3-4 (D-RBI); Connar O'GORMAN 1-3;
Stefan WELCH 1-3; Josh ALTMANN 1-3; Angus ROEGER 1-5 (D-RBI)

PITCHING:

Trevor FOSS  4.0ip 4h 3r 3er 3bb 6k;
Vaughan HARRIS (W,1-0)  2.0ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 3k;
Gyoung-Wan LIM (H,2)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Josh GUYER (H,3)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Todd VAN STEENSEL (S,3)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Jacob YOUNIS 3-5 (RBI); Guy EDMONDS 1-3 (RBI);
Tucker NEUHAUS 1-4; Ryo NISHIMURA 1-4 (D);
Michael CAMPBELL 1-4; Alex HOWE 1-4; Joshua DEAN 1-5 (2RBI); Malik COLLYMORE 1-5; Stone GARRETT 1-5;

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 2 - 27 JAN 2017 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 9 0

ADELAIDE

0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 5 9 0
REPORT:  The Adelaide Bite now stand just one win away from clinching a playoff berth after Sean Callegari produced a high quality start to shackle the travelling Blue Sox at West Beach tonight. The Canadian, who is currently playing club baseball in Adelaide, used some venomous stuff to punch out an average of one batter per inning while allowing just one run over seven strong innings. Callegari was steadily on course for the win after Sydney born former Brisbane player Karl Hoschke rifled a bases clearing , three-run, double in a four run bottom of the second. That one rough inning was enough to saddle evergreen Craig Anderson with his third loss of a fluctuating season for him. The Blue Sox did have one opportunity to get back into the game when an umpire's injury caused a long delay to the game and Sydney emerged to load the bases in the top of the fourth. Unfortunately for them, one run was a modest reward when an inning ending double play kept Callegari in charge of proceedings. Both teams scored another run each toward the end of the game before the Bite claimed the important 5-2 win.
Game MVP Sean Callegari came through big for the Adelaide Bite at a most valuable time and it was great moment to earn his maiden win.

ADELAIDE BITE

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Sean CALLEGARI (W,1-2)  7.0ip 6h 1r 1er 1bb 7k;
Greg MOSEL  1.2ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 2k;
Hei Chun LEE (S,1)  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Marcus GREENE JR 2-4 (D); Angus ROEGER 2-4;
Karl HOSCHKE 1-3 (D-3RBI); Jordan McARDLE 1-3 (RBI);
Jordan COWAN 1-3; Josh ALTMANN 1-3; Mitch DENING 1-4 (D-RBI)

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON (L,4-3)  6.0ip 7h 4r 4er 2bb 3k;
Todd GRATTAN  2.0ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Tucker NEUHAUS 2-3 (RBI); Stone GARRETT 2-4 (D);
Malik COLLYMORE 2-4; Michael CAMPBELL 1-4;
Jacob YOUNIS 1-4 (RBI); Joshua DEAN 1-4

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 3 - 28 JAN 2017 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 5

ADELAIDE

0 1 1 1 5 7 0 0 X 15 15 2
REPORT:  When two Adelaide outfielders collided to plate two more runs for Sydney in a three-run top of the second, it may have looked like it was going to be one of those nights for the Bite, but it ended in triumph with home fans celebrating the fact that Adelaide has now secured a home Preliminary Final. Adelaide starter Devon Barker re-grouped well to earn the win before handing over to a solid bullpen tonight.
Those three runs proved to be all the Blue Sox could muster as Adelaide's offence clicked into overdrive as the game progressed and it did look like the Sydney boys were simply waiting for the season to end. The Bite chipped away with single runs in the second, third and fourth to tie it at 3-3 and then the floodgates flung open against Sydney's middle relievers. The fifth inning was soul destroying for Sydney with three errors that finally led to a GRAND SLAM homer delivered by teenage tyro Jordan McArdle who appears destined for big things in baseball. Eight Adelaide batters went to bat in that five-run inning, followed by eleven more in the bottom of the sixth when the Bite piled on another seven runs. Mitch Dening raised his batting average to .340 with his 4-5 tonight, while Jordan Cowan boasted another three hits for the hosts. The game had descended into "
a laugher" as our American friends might say, but it was not terribly amusing for Blue Sox fans.
The Adelaide faithful had a nice relaxed pathway into playoffs and with plenty of momentum building to help carry them there.

ADELAIDE BITE

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Devon BARKER (W,1-0)  5.0ip 4h 3r 1er 3bb 3k;
Matt WILLIAMS  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Tyler CHAPPELL  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Loek van MIL  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Mitch DENING 4-5; Jordan COWAN 3-5 (D-RBI);
Jordan McARDLE 1-3 (HR-5RBI); Marcus GREENE JR 2-3 (RBI);
Stefan WELCH 2-3 (RBI); A.C CARTER 1-2 (RBI);
Angus ROEGER 1-3 (D); Karl HOSCHKE 1-4 (2RBI);
Josh ALTMANN 0-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS (L,3-4)  4.1ip 7h 7r 5er 4bb 2k;
Gyoung-Wan LIM  0.2ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Aaron SOOKEE  0.1ip 4h 7r 5er 3bb 0k;
Vaughan HARRIS  2.2ip 3h 0r 0er 0bb 4k

OFFENCE:

Joshua DEAN 2-3 (RBI); Michael CAMPBELL 2-4 (D);
Tucker NEUHAUS 1-2; Joshua STRONG 1-2; Ryo NISHIMURA 1-4

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 4 - 29 JAN 2017 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

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

ADELAIDE

0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 4 8 0
REPORT:  With their home Preliminary Final already clinched last night, the Adelaide Bite took the opportunity to "rest" a handful of key players while giving others an opportunity, yet they didn't allow any momentum to fade with a solid home victory this afternoon.
Foremost among those given an opportunity was 16yo debutant starter Ky Hampton who raised plenty of eyebrows with a sterling first-up effort in our national league. Hampton showed a heap of potential with good command that saw him allow just one run through five innings for a meritorious debut win. The only run he allowed came via Stone Garrett's solo shot over left field in the top of the first, leaving Garrett with seven long balls for the season. However, his effort was trumped by Connar O'Gorman who hammered a three-run bomb over left in the bottom of the second to put the Bite ahead 3-1. A.C Carter drove in another for Adelaide in the bottom of the fifth when he capped a long at bat with a two out, RBI double. Sydney's Yuki Katayama struck out seven across five innings while taking the loss in another effort that demonstrated his potency and inconsistency in equal measure. The Blue Sox gave one final yelp for the season with two runs in the top of the seventh to draw within one, but that was as close as they got today. It was a satisfactory series result for Adelaide at West Beach.

ADELAIDE BITE

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Ky HAMPTON (W,1-0)  5.0ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 3k;
James SNELGROVE (H,2)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Steven CHAMBERS (H,1)  1.0ip 3h 2r 2er 0bb 0k;
Christopher HORNE (H,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Hei Chun LEE (S,2)  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Bas NOOJI 2-4; LeDarious CLARK 1-2; Josh ALTMANN 1-2;
Jordan McARDLE 1-3; Connar O'GORMAN 1-4 (HR-3RBI);
Mitch LIGHTBODY 1-3; A.C CARTER 1-4 (D-RBI)

PITCHING:

Yuki KATAYAMA (L,1-2)  5.0ip 6h 4r 2er 2bb 7k;
Todd GRATTAN  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Sven SCHULLER  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Joshua DEAN 2-4 (D); Michael CAMPBELL 2-4 (D);
Jacob YOUNIS 2-5 (D); Ryo NISHIMURA 1-3 (T-RBI);
Malik COLLYMORE 1-3 (D); Stone GARRETT 1-4 (HR-RBI)

SERIES STARS:  Import Jordan Cowan was the main man for Adelaide at West Beach this weekend with seven hits for the series, ahead of Mitch Dening who had five. Karl Hoschke and Jordan McArdle each drove in five runs for the Bite. Jacob Younis, Michael Campbell and Joshua Dean all enjoyed six hits to lead the Blue Sox. Adelaide's Game 2 starter Sean Callegari had the outing of his ABL career to be the star pitcher of the series, but keep an eye out for 16yo Bite starter Ky Hampton who gave us a glimpse of what might be on his horizon in Game 4

  29 JAN 2017 - ACES & HEAT SPLIT A DEAD RUBBER SERIES 2-2!

OVERVIEW:   HEAT - 12R  25H  4E  v  ACES - 12R  22H  4E. After Sydney had beaten Adelaide the day prior to this series starting in Perth, the Aces had already clinched a home Championship series and it may well have turned this weekend into a bit of a holiday for them. It was no great surprise that the series totals were very close after a split series result, yet Melbourne must be somewhat concerned about their stagnant offence that carried over from a previous home series sweep at the hands of the Adelaide Bite... only time will tell!

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 1 - 27 JAN 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1

PERTH

1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 7 1
REPORT:  The Melbourne Aces were entitled to celebrate the fact that they clinched a home Championship series before a pitch was thrown in this series at Thornlie. This was a great tribute to the huge gap they earned in the standings through most of this season, yet there are some really troubling signs for them lately. They have now scored only eight runs in total during a current five game losing streak and there is suddenly a complete loss of "swagger" from their offence that was really humming before Ronald Acuna departed. While Perth's pitching had them wedged tightly under their thumb to the tune of just two hits for the game, it was another gut wrenching game for Melbourne's ace starter Mark Hamburger who was snake-bitten in taking his first loss of the 2017 season. He has now allowed just 16 miniscule earned runs from his 75.2 ABL innings and he couldn't have done much more tonight with such paltry run support. Perth got some rare traction against Hamburger early in the game when Derek Peterson supplied a RBI single in each of the first and third innings for a 2-0 lead. The first came after a leadoff double from Joey Wong and the second came after Tim Kennelly's two out double. James Beresford's leadoff single in the top of the fourth resulted in an unearned run for the Aces as a very lonely digit on the top of the linescore. Scott Mitchinson claimed the win as a middle reliever as this game leaves us wondering which is the chicken and which is the egg? Let's take the positive line that the pitching of the Heat dictated tonight, however, Melbourne will need to locate their AWOL (absent without leave) offence before the playoffs.

PERTH HEAT

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Lex RUTLEDGE  4.0ip 2h 1r 0er 3bb 1k;
Scott MITCHINSON (W,1-0)  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Will DENNIS (H,1)  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Warwick SAUPOLD (S,4)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Derek PETERSON 2-3 (2RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-3;
Jesse BARRON 1-3; Tim KENNELLY 1-4 (D); Joey WONG 1-4 (D);
Luke HUGHES 1-4

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (L,5-1)  7.0ip 6h 2r 1er 1bb 2k;
Peter MOYLAN  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

James BERESFORD 1-3; Jared CRUZ 1-3

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 2 - 28 JAN 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 0 3 1 0 3 0     7 7 0

PERTH

1 0 0 0 0 0 0     1 7 3
REPORT:  Veteran former major league pitcher Virgil Vasquez rolled back the clock in this matinee game today to torment his original ABL club at Thornlie. The 34yo is nowhere near as potent as he was when he first arrived on our shores as a wrecking ball in our national competition who helped Perth to take the 2012 ABL Championship, yet he still has the savvy to get hitters out. Three successive one out singles enabled Perth to score an opening run in the bottom of the first before Vasquez settled to rattle off five "goose eggs" that anchored Melbourne's win in the seven inning game. The dormant Aces offence finally found a wake up call when an error to begin the top of the third may have rattled Heat starter Tom Bailey who allowed three in an inning that swung the momentum. Liam Bedford doubled as the first big blow of the inning, but his solo bomb in the top of the fourth was an even bigger blow over the left field fence. With Vasquez in charge on the hill the Aces went into cruise control with another three runs in the top of the sixth and the shortened contest was all over soon after. New import pitcher David Fischer looked the part for Melbourne with two strike outs to close out the bottom of the seventh.

PERTH HEAT

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Tom BAILEY (L,1-6)  4.0ip 5h 4r 1er 3bb 6k;
Cameron LAMB  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Daniel SCHMIDT  0.0ip 1h 3r 0er 1bb 0k;
Jake BOWEY  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Brendan SING  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Tim KENNELLY 2-4 (D); Joey WONG 2-4; Jesse BARRON 1-3;
Derek PETERSON 1-3 (RBI); Jordan DYER 1-4

PITCHING:

Virgil VASQUEZ (W,3-1)  6.0ip 6h 1r 1er 2bb 3k;
David FISCHER  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Liam BEDFORD 2-3 (D-HR-2RBI); Roman COLLINS 2-3 (RBI);
Matthew ZABLAN 1-2 (RBI); Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-2 (RBI);
James BERESFORD 1-3 (D)

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 3 - 28 JAN 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 8 1

PERTH

0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
REPORT:  Perth's import starter Mike Lee has endured some rough patches in our ABL this season and we had to feel for him at Thornlie tonight when he was within touching distance of a brilliant win before it slipped agonisingly from his grasp in the eighth inning. He had waged a really terrific battle of efficient pitching with Melbourne's Josh Tols who looked for a long time to be on course for a very hard-luck loss. An outfield fielding error cost Tols an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth and it stood as the deciding run until the top of the eighth. Tols allowed only two hits and one walk across six innings to do a splendid job for the Aces and, tough as it was on Lee, he surely deserved to be taken off the hook on this occasion. Lee took the ball into the top of the eighth on a typically warm and steamy night in Perth that had also experienced some heavy rain during play which contributed to the error in the fourth. He was just touching 100 pitches when he was lifted with two out after walking Roman Collins. Reliever Justin D'Alessando walked another to load the bases, then Melbourne's former major leaguer and stalwart slugger Brad Harman came through with a huge, two out, two RBI single to wrest the lead. Tols was backed up by his former Adelaide team mate Dushan Ruzic, who grabbed his fourth win of the season, and then by big Jon Kennedy who closed it out in style for his first ever ABL save. With not a whole lot to play for except bragging rights, Melbourne found just enough offence just in time tonight, yet we really sympathise with Mike Lee who had lulled them to sleep and his sad fate was not in his own hands at the end.

PERTH HEAT

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Michael LEE (L,2-6)  7.2ip 7h 2r 2er 2bb 7k;
Justin D'ALESSANDRO (BS,2)  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Derek PETERSON 1-2; Matt DIXON 1-3 (D); Alex HALL 1-3;
Tim KENNELLY 1-3 (D)

PITCHING:

Josh TOLS  6.0ip 2h 1r 0er 1bb 5k;
Dushan RUZIC (W,4-2)  1.2ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Jon KENNEDY (S,1)  1.1ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Brad HARMAN 2-4 (2RBI); Liam BEDFORD 2-4 (D);
Mike WALKER 1-3; Nicholas ROSSELL 1-4 (D);
James BERESFORD 1-4; Matthew ZABLAN 1-4

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 4 - 29 JAN 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 2

PERTH

0 0 2 3 0 0 3 0 X 8 7 0
REPORT:  Perhaps the fact that Sydney had won in Adelaide the night before to clinch a home Championship series for Melbourne took much of the interest out of the series in Perth this weekend. Similarly you might excuse the Melbourne Aces for "going through the motions" after building such a commanding league in the standings, unless of course you subscribe to the theory that you don't flirt with form?
In any case, the Perth Heat gave their home fans a season-ending win to take into their off season after pitchers Nick Veale, Will Dennis, Warwick Saupold and Adam Millson pretty much throttled a sputtering Melbourne offence. Former Victorian Veale recorded the win with six solid innings that yielded only two runs for the Aces. Former pro Jared Cruz cracked a solo homer to put Melbourne ahead briefly in the top of the third, before Joey Wong doubled that score with his two RBI double in the bottom of the same frame. Aces' starter Dan McGrath has yet to find his groove since resuming action on 8 January and he wasn't in control despite five punch outs over his short 3.2 innings of work.
A one out error in the bottom of the next contrived to add another three runs for the Heat and the Aces players were checking their flight tickets to return home. With Melbourne's offence snoozing again, all that was left was for John Riley to cash in another two RBIs with his two-run long ball over left field in the bottom of the seventh as Perth spread another three runs of icing on their cake.
Only time will tell whether Melbourne's rather lethargic limp into the post season is an aberration or a concern?

PERTH HEAT

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE (W,2-4)  6.0ip 4h 2r 2er 1bb 4k;
Will DENNIS (H,2)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Warwick SAUPOLD  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Adam MILLSON  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

John RILEY 2-4 (D-HR-3RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 2-4 (RBI);
Joey WONG 1-4 (D-2RBI); Jesse WILLIAMS 1-1; Alex HALL 1-3

PITCHING:

Daniel McGRATH (L,0-2)  3.2ip 3h 4r 2er 3bb 5k;
Sam STREET  1.1ip 2h 1r 0er 0bb 2k;
Jeremy YOUNG  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Brandon STENHOUSE  1.0ip 2h 3r 3er 1bb 0k;
David FISCHER  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Jared CRUZ 2-3 (HR-RBI); Roman COLLINS 2-4 (D-RBI);
James BERESFORD 1-4 (D)

SERIES STARS:  This series didn't produce any really dominant individual offensive performers with Peterson, Tim Kennelly and Wong each having four hits for Perth, while Melbourne had Beresford, Bedford and Collins with four hits each. Melbourne's winning starters Virgil Vasquez and Josh Tols were both very good, but probably not much better than team mate Mark Hamburger who took a tough loss in Game 1.  Game 4 winner Nick Veale was terrific for Perth, as was their luckless Game 3 loser Mike Lee.