AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
2017 SEASON - WEEK 2

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  27 NOV 2016 - CAVALRY TAKES HUME SERIES 3-1 v SYDNEY!

OVERVIEW:  CAVALRY - 33R  46H  4E  v  BLUE SOX - 26R  36H  2E. Stating the very obvious, there is an elephant in the room clouding the statistics for this series - that being the monster scoring glut at Wollongong in Game 4. If you remove that as an anomaly the overall series totals were quite similar. Canberra's blowout win in Game 4 was pretty much neutralised by Sydney's big 10-0 win in Game 2. The one series statistic that really mattered, as always, was Canberra's 3-1 result from a valuable home series.

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 1 - 24 NOV 2016 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 6 0

CANBERRA

0 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 X 8 10 3
REPORT:  Home fans at Narrabundah got exactly what they came for at their 2017 ABL home opening fixture... a big win over their most local rivals from Sydney. Front and centre was former Blue Sox star David Kandilas who became an instant darling of his new home fans with a pair of long balls and four RBIs in an outstanding MVP performance tonight. The 'Kandy Man' went deep to lead of the bottom of the fourth for a 2-0 lead, but it was his three run bomb in the sixth that really put a decisive gap between the teams. On the receiving end was Sydney starter Trevor Foss who had been quite effective until the bottom of the sixth when he hit the wall rather abruptly. Rival starter Lee Sosa was worthy of collecting his first ABL win for the Cavalry who had enough runs in hand to withstand a late rally from their guests. Alex Howe's three run "jack" in the top of the eighth really didn't cause much concern and, in any case, Mike Reeves answered with another solo shot for Canberra in the home half of the eighth as they doubled the Blue Sox score in the end.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Lee SOSA (W,1-0)  5.0ip 3h 1r 0er 4bb 8k;
Tim ATHERTON (H,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Zech LEMOND  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Andrew CASE  1.0ip 2h 3r 3er 0bb 0k;
Steve KENT  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

David KANDILAS 3-4 (2HR-4RBI); Aaron SLOAN 2-4 (D-2RBI);
Robbie PERKINS 1-3 (D); Josh ALMONTE 1-3;
Mike REEVES 1-4 (HR-RBI); Scott KELLY 1-4 (D-RBI);
D.J DAVIS 1-4

PITCHING:

Trevor FOSS (L,0-1)  5.1ip 7h 7r 7er 2bb 2k;
Gyoung-Wan LIM  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Vaughan HARRIS  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Matthew RAE  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Alex HOWE 3-4 (HR-3RBI); Stone GARRETT 2-4;
Zac SHEPHERD 1-5

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 2 - 25 NOV 2016 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

1 2 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 10 13 0

CANBERRA

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
REPORT:  Like that fine old vintage wine, Sydney left-hander Craig Anderson doesn't seem to lose anything with the passing of time. In this game at Narrabundah tonight he simply added another chapter to his long list of quite brilliant starts in AMLB history. He allowed just three hits through five innings as the 'B-Sox' allowed their hosts only four hits for the game in a convincing combined shutout performance on the road. While their pitching staff maintained the thumb screws on the Cavalry offence, Sydney's hitters enjoyed a productive night at the baseball diamond with 13 hits that yielded ten runs. Young Aussie Academy prospect Shane Kelleher had a stunning big league debut with three hits, a triple, a home run and four RBIs to headline Sydney's offence. Behind him was impressive import Malik Collymore who cranked his second home run of the season for a three run shot in the top of the fourth that really gave the Blue Sox a wide advantage. Hayden Beard was on the hook for the loss for the Cavs, while new team mate Brodie Vassalakis looked solid with four innings at the end when the game was all over. Sydney's big win has this series delicately balanced after two games.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Hayden BEARD (L,0-1)  2.0ip 3h 3r 3er 1bb 1k;
Scott CONE  2.0ip 4h 3r 3er 2bb 0k;
Jackson LOWERY  1.0ip 2h 3r 2er 1bb 1k;
Brodie VASSALAKIS  4.0ip 4h 1r 1er 1bb 5k

OFFENCE:

Kyle PERKINS 2-4 (D); Scott KELLY 1-3; Mike REEVES 1-4 (D)

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON (W,2-0)  5.0ip 3h 0r 0er 2bb 4k;
Ryoto YOSHIKOSHI  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Todd GRATTAN  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Shane KELLEHER 3-5 (T-HR-4RBI); Joshua DEAN 2-4 (RBI);
Michael CAMPBELL 2-4; Stone GARRETT 2-5;
Malik COLLYMORE 1-4 (HR-3RBI); Alex HOWE 1-5 (RBI);
Tucker NEUHAUS 1-5; Trent D'ANTONIO 1-5

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 3 - 26 NOV 2016 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

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

CANBERRA

0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 X 4 9 0
REPORT:  Canberra's import starter Josh DeGraaf shackled the Blue Sox hitters to the tune of just one hit through six quality innings to set his team up for a solid victory at Narrabundah today. The big righty walked four, but he also struck out five while keeping Sydney's lineup very much off balance. Andrew Case and Steve Kent kept up the good work on the bump to collect a hold and a save respectively on a night when their hosts could muster just the one run. Unfortunately for DeGraaf all four of the walks he issued came in a strange sequence with two out in the top of the third and the run pushed across by the fourth one gifted the Blue Sox an unlikely tying run. Sydney starter Luke Wilkins was also dealing strongly with the scores locked at 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth when a leadoff error sparked a Cavalry charge that resulted in three runs, capped by Robbie Perkins' two RBI triple. Former Sydney pro slugger Boss Moanaroa returned to action with a three-hit bang for Canberra who put their noses in front in this home series.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Josh DeGRAAF (W,1-0)  6.0ip 1h 1r 1er 4bb 5k;
Andrew CASE (H,1)  2.0ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Steve KENT (S,1)  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Boss MOANAROA 3-4 (RBI); Robbie PERKINS 2-4 (T-RBI);
Scott KELLY 1-2; Kyle PERKINS 1-3 (2RBI); David KANDILAS 1-4 (T);
Josh ALMONTE 1-4;

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS (L,1-1)  5.2ip 4h 3r 1er 2bb 6k;
Matthew RAE  0.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 0k;
Gyoung-Wan LIM  0.1ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Vaughan HARRIS  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Josh GUYER  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Michael CAMPBELL 2-4; Trent D'ANTONIO 1-3;
Malik COLLYMORE 1-3; Zac SHEPHERD 1-4; Joshua DEAN 0-2 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 4 - 26 NOV 2016 - Thomas Dalton Park, Wollongong

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 4 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 11 12 0

CANBERRA

5 1 0 4 2 3 2 4 X 21 23 1
REPORT:  Well folks, if the ABL wanted this "Wollongong Classic" to be a memorable baseball occasion, then they may have achieved it because of the record number of runs scored by the two teams. Statisticians scrambled for the record books as the runs kept flowing like a raging torrent and the Cavalry feasted large with five round trippers! Eight different Sydney pitchers tried to stem the flow to little effect as Canberra scored in all but one of their eight batting innings and six of those saw "crooked numbers" posted. We don't know much about Wollongong's unfamiliar ABL facility at Thomas Dalton Park but, suffice to say, it played much like an Under 14's diamond for potent national league hitters today. Every Canberra player enjoyed at least one safe hit, headlined by Josh Almonte and Robbie Perkis who recorded four each while Mike Reeves scooped the game MVP with three hits, a homer and five RBIs. Kyle Perkins drove in four, as did new Blue Sox import Yuki Yamazaki in an overshadowed, but productive, debut. On this occasion we'll spare the pitchers from examination other than Canberra's closer Zech Lemond who restored some sanity with two scoreless frames at the end of an exhausting day.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Sean GUINARD  1.2ip 3h 4r 1er 2bb 1k;
Tyler HERR  2.0ip 4h 6r 6er 4bb 4k;
Jackson LOWERY (W,1-0)  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Tim ATHERTON (H,2)  2.0ip 3h 1r 1er 1bb 2k;
Zech LEMOND  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Josh ALMONTE 4-6; Robbie PERKINS 4-5 (D-HR-4RBI);
Mike REEVES 3-5 (HR-5RBI); Aaron SLOAN 3-5 (HR-3RBI);
Kyle PERKINS 3-6 (2D-4RBI); David KANDILAS 2-4 (HR-2RBI);
Boss MOANAROA 2-6 (HR-3RBI); Jason SLOAN 1-2; Scott KELLY 1-7

PITCHING:

Aaron SOOKEE  1.1ip 8h 6r 6er 1bb 1k;
Ryoto YOSHIKOSHI  2.1ip 4h 4r 4er 3bb 1k;
Sven SCHULLER (L,0-1)  1.1ip 2h 2r 2er 0bb 4k;
Matthew RAE  0.2ip 2h 3r 3er 1bb 1k;
Gyoung-Wan LIM  0.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Josh GUYER  1.0ip 3h 2r 2er 0bb 1k;
Todd GRATTAN  0.0ip 0h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Michael CAMPBELL  1.0ip 3h 3r 3er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Yuki YAMAZAKI 2-4 (2D-4RBI); Trent D'ANTONIO 2-4 (D-RBI);
Stone GARRETT 2-5 (HR-2RBI); Tucker NEUHAUS 2-6;
Jacob YOUNIS 1-2 (RBI); Alex HOWE 1-3 (D); Joshua DEAN 1-5;
Malik COLLYMORE 1-6 (D-2RBI)

SERIES STARS:  New Canberra player David Kandilas shared the offensive spotlight with local stalwarts Robbie and Kyle Perkins. Robbie nailed a club high seven hits with five RBIs, Kyle boasted six hits and six RBIs, as did Kandilas who went deep three times. Import Mike Reeves also homered twice for six batted in. Import Stone Garrett led the Blue Sox with six hits and Malik Collymore topped the club with five RBIs.
In a losing series, Sydney evergreen Craig Anderson stood out with his major part of a shutout in Game 2 to just overshadow rival Game 3 starters Josh DeGraaf and Luke Wilkins.

  26 NOV 2016 - PERTH & BRISBANE SPLIT SERIES 2-2 AT THORNLIE!

OVERVIEW:   HEAT - 20R  23H  4E  v  BANDITS - 26R  40H  3E. Hardly for the first time in modern ABL history the four-time Champion Perth Heat did a really productive job of scoring a high percentage of runs from the opportunities they created. Brisbane led the tied series for both runs and hits, yet their total advantage in hits of 40-23 was much wider. In this context Perth should be reasonably happy with the home series split, while Brisbane would also be quite content with a split on the road.

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 1 - 24 NOV 2016 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 10 1

PERTH

0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
REPORT:  With six runs on the board after just three innings the defending Champions from Brisbane didn't take long to silence home fans in Perth while they kept rolling strong so far this season. Young national team tyro Aaron Whitefield got the game moving for the Bandits with a leadoff single as the first of his three hits that included a brace of doubles. His second double came in the top of the third when import star Kevin Padlo nailed his second extra base hit with a huge, bases clearing, three RBI double. In the midst of all that another young Australian team star, Logan Wade also delivered two hits and two RBIs to give Heat starter Nick Veale a torrid time and his second defeat of the young season. Veteran slugger Tim Kennelly pulled a couple back for Perth with his two-run blast in the bottom of the fifth, but those six early runs held up for the visitors. Rick Teasley piloted Brisbane to the win with a quality start and Rhys Niit looked very sharp with an extended relief effort. It was not the home opener that Perth people have become accustomed to.

PERTH HEAT

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE (L,0-2)  3.0ip 9h 6r 6er 1bb 4k;
Benn GRICE  4.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Adam MILLSON  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Nick RUPPERT 2-4; Joey WONG 1-4 (D); Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-4;
Tim KENNELLY 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Jake BOWEY 1-4

PITCHING:

Rick TEASLEY (W,1-0)  5.0ip 4h 2r 2er 3bb 4k;
Rhys NIIT (H,1)  3.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Aaron WHITEFIELD 3-5 (2D); Kevin PADLO 2-4 (D-T-4RBI);
Logan WADE 2-4 (2RBI); Aaron CAMPBELL 2-5;
Thomas MILONE 1-4

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 2 - 25 NOV 2016 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

4 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 8 10 0

PERTH

0 3 0 0 0 0 6 0 X 9 4 2
REPORT:  When Brisbane added-on three runs in the top of the seventh for a 7-3 lead, a 2-0 series buffer appeared to be inevitable as the hardy Perth crowd went quiet. It proved to be just the calm before the storm when the home-standing Heat rolled back the clock to glorious comebacks of the recent past with a stunning revival that wrenched away the result. As they have tended to do fairly often in recent times, the Brisbane Bandits struck early with four runs in the opening frame as Perth starter Michael Lee seemed to suffer a nervous and untidy start on home soil. Brisbane's stalwart starter Justin Erasmus returned the favour with a scrappy innings of his own in the bottom of the second to narrow Perth's deficit to just 3-4 after two complete. Perth's Lee settled down very impressively to work into the seventh inning but, with his pitch count well above 100 pitches, his tiring arm lost its command of the strike zone and those three runs scored by the Bandits looked like a death sentence for their hosts. Brisbane relievers Zac Treece and Matt Timms saw the strike zone shrinking for them as five walks for the seventh inning and a hit batter certainly contributed to a monumental six-run uprising for the Heat. The star of the comeback was newcomer Ulrich Bojarski who hammered a bases clearing, three run triple in a four RBI game. He snatched the game MVP award from Bandits' hot-hitting Mitch Nilsson who drove in four. Veteran David Sutherland also drove in three for Brisbane who will feel like they had their own pockets picked by the never-say-die Perth Heat tonight. Lex Rutledge pocketed the win and Will Dennis claimed his second save of the campaign so far.

PERTH HEAT

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Michael LEE  6.2ip 8h 7r 6er 4bb 7k;
Lex RUTLEDGE (W,1-0)  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 2bb 0k;
Will DENNIS (S,2)  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Ulrich BOJARSKI 2-3 (T-4RBI); Nick RUPPERT 1-3 (D-RBI);
Matt KENNELLY 1-2; Joey WONG 0-4 (RBI); Jake BOWEY 0-3 (RBI);
Derek PETERSON 0-4 (RBI);

PITCHING:

Justin ERASMUS  4.0ip 3h 3r 2er 4bb 6k;
Sam HOLLAND  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Zac TREECE  0.1ip 0h 4r 4er 3bb 0k;
Matt TIMMS (L,0-1)  0.0ip 1h 2r 2er 3bb 0k;
Jake PANNUNZIO  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 3 - 26 NOV 2016 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

0 0 1 0 0 0 0     1 7 0

PERTH

1 0 0 0 0 0 1     2 6 0
REPORT:  Rival starting pitchers, Tom Bailey for Perth, and Kramer Champlin for Brisbane were pretty much in control during this seven inning afternoon game on a double header day at Thornlie today. Bandits' import Champlin struck out seven during his six inning display while allowing the hosts only five hits in a sterling effort. Bailey was not quite as efficient with four walks, yet he was no less affective as both teams had clawed out one run until the bullpens took over for the final frame. Seasoned slugger Tim Kennelly inflicted the only damage on Champlin when he "went yard" with a booming solo shot in the bottom of the first. Brisbane responded with a mild uprising in the top of the third when Mitch Nilsson drove in a tying run on a ground out following Logan Wade's double. Cameron Lamb and Will Dennis, who swooped for the win, kept the Bandits off the board in the top of the seventh before, just this once, Ryan Searle faltered. A leadoff walk, a wild pitch and a hit batter condemned the ABL's saves king to a rare defeat when Tim Kennelly came through again with his second RBI of the game. The eldest of the prolific Kennelly baseball clan produced all of the scoring for Perth who snatched this one.

PERTH HEAT

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Tom BAILEY  6.0ip 6h 1r 1er 4bb 5k;
Cameron LAMB  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Will DENNIS (W,1-0)  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Tim KENNELLY 2-3 (HR-2RBI); Derek PETERSON 2-3;
Jake BOWEY 1-2; Matt KENNELLY 1-3

PITCHING:

Kramer CHAMPLIN  6.0ip 5h 1r 1er 2bb 7k;
Ryan SEARLE (L,0-1)  0.0ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Connor MacDONALD 2-3; Thomas MILONE 2-3 (D);
Logan WADE 1-3 (D); Jay MYERS 1-3; David SUTHERLAND 1-4 (D);
Mitch NILSSON 0-3 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 4 - 26 NOV 2016 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

0 0 5 0 0 0 0 4 2 11 13 2

PERTH

1 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 0 7 7 2
REPORT:  Major leaguer Luke Hughes was first to strike in this game with a long ball over left field in the bottom of the first, but the small advantage was soon paled when Brisbane broke out for a "five spot" in the top of the third when veteran first baseman David Sutherland struck for a three-run homer with two out. However, as often the Perth Heat were not in any mood to roll over and, when impressive newcomer Ulrich Bojarski clocked a three run shot in the bottom of the seventh the scores were tied up and the scoreboard really came alive. In a battle of the Daniels, Brisbane's Nilsson had enjoyed a much better start than Perth's Schmidt, but both were out of the game when the whips were cracking at the end. The guy who really cracked tonight was Perth's Conor Lourey who had pitched three strong innings before struggling in the top of the eighth when Brisbane sent eight batters to the plate. Young national team star Aaron Whitefield delivered his fourth and fifth hits for the Bandits in the last two innings when Brisbane added six runs and Perth answered with two. Lourey took the loss while Brisbane reliever Jake Pannunzio was on hand to grasp the win. In the end Perth could not complain about losing this series finale after being out-hit 7-13 by the visitors who found their hot bats tonight. Series tied 2-2.

PERTH HEAT

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Daniel SCHMIDT  4.0ip 8h 5r 5er 2bb 1k;
Conor LOUREY (L,1-1)  3.2ip 3h 4r 4er 5bb 6k;
Josh SILVI  0.1ip 0h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Jake BOWEY  1.0ip 2h 1r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Derek PETERSON 2-3 (RBI); Luke HUGHES 2-4 (HR-RBI);
Tim KENNELLY 1-3; Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-4 (HR-4RBI);
Joey WONG 1-5; Nick RUPPERT 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Daniel NILSSON  5.0ip 2h 2r 1er 1bb 5k;
Zac TREECE (BS,1)  1.0ip 2h 3r 3er 2bb 0k;
James ALBURY  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Jake PANNUNZIO (W,1-0)  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Matt TIMMS  0.2ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Ryan SEARLE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Aaron WHITEFIELD 5-6 (D-RBI); Mitch NILSSON 2-4 (D);
Logan WADE 2-6 (2RBI); Kevin PADLO 1-4 (D-2RBI);
David SUTHERLAND 1-4 (HR-3RBI); Thomas MILONE 1-5 (2RBI);
William THORP 1-1

SERIES STARS:  Very impressive newcomer Ulrich Bojarski is enjoying a terrific ABL honeymoon period as the offensive star of the series for Perth with four hits and eight big RBIs - veteran Tim Kennelly went deep twice. Brisbane's own rising star Aaron Whitefield spanked nine hits, including three doubles. Top run producers for the visitors were David Sutherland and Kevin Padlo who each drove in six for the series.
Game 3 starters Kramer Champlin and Tom Bailey were terrific with the ball, as was Rick Teasley for Brisbane in Game 1.

  27 NOV 2016 - ADELAIDE CHRISTENS WEST BEACH 3-1 OVER MELBOURNE

OVERVIEW:  BITE - 16R  30H  4E  v  ACES - 7R  24H  7E. Credit Adelaide's pitching for drying up the runs after the Aces won a tight opening game at Adelaide Shores. From The fourth inning of Game 2 onwards the Aces scored only three more runs versus 15 notched by Adelaide. The games were generally tight aside from the blowout win by the Bite in Game 4. Seven errors were too many for Melbourne, especially the four in Game 2 that conspired to let a potential win to slip from their butter fingers.

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 1 - 25 NOV 2016 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
REPORT:  It was a somewhat momentous occasion for Adelaide baseball tonight when the national league moved from its popular and traditional home at Norwood Oval to its new facility - Adelaide Shores at West Beach. Unfortunately for expectant home fans the ABL opening at the new facility was spoiled by the party poopers from Melbourne who sneaked away with a 2-1 win after a most competitive contest. Very tough pitching from both teams with their front line guys going head-to-head made life extremely tough for hitters with the wind blowing in as they expect it to do most often. However, while hitting was difficult, one thing that never goes away is speed and the Aces used its most deadly speed weapon to advantage in the form of Venezuelan import speedster Ronald Acuna who scored both of Melbourne's runs in a 2-1 thriller. After the Bite had broken a four inning deadlock with a run in the bottom of the fifth, Acuna achieved the rare feat of stealing home plate to score an equaliser in the top of the next. Then, with the game still tied 1-1 entering the ninth, Acuna scampered home on Allan de San Miguel's ground out for what proved to be the winning run in the top of the last. Virgil Vasquez was happy to record his second win of this season in a game where, as we said, all of the pitchers were effective enough tonight.

ADELAIDE BITE

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Steven CHAMBERS  5.2ip 3h 1r 1er 1bb 5k;
Hei Chun LEE (BS,1)  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Loek van MIL (L,0-1)  2.0ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Mitch DENING 2-3; Jordan COWAN 2-5 (D); Stefan WELCH 1-4;
Josh ALTMANN 1-4

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER  4.0ip 6h 1r 1er 1bb 4k;
Josh TOLS  2.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 4k;
Virgil VASQUEZ (W,2-1)  2.1ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Ronald ACUNA 2-4 (T); Roman COLLINS 2-4; Ryan DALE 1-3;
Liam BEDFORD 1-4; Allan de SAN MIGUEL 0-4 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 2 - 26 NOV 2016 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 10 1
REPORT:  Right up until what was supposed to be the final inning of a seven inning matinee game on a double header Saturday, Melbourne's impressive Japanese starter Keisuke Honda seemed squarely on the path to a second win this season. The Aces had plated two runs in the top of the fourth off Bite starter Jack O'Loughlin who did very little wrong overall and it looked like being enough until Adelaide struck in just the nick of time. A one out fielding error saw Honda lifted in favour of the experienced former major league hurler Virgil Vasquez, but the move backfired immediately when LeDarious Clark ripped a two RBI triple to square the contest and to send the game into overtime. Far from being a short afternoon at West Beach, the game went over three and a half hours with Melbourne unable to add any scoring over the last seven frames. Seasoned campaigned Matt Williams held firm over the last four innings for Adelaide to give his team the chance to pounce that finally arrived in the bottom of the eleventh. Under tie-breaker rules that placed runners on first and second to begin the inning, Bas Nooji came through with a walkoff RBI single to saddle Melbourne's Andrew Jones with a tough loss. It was a really uplifting first home victory at Adelaide Shores for the Bite and a deflating defeat for the Aces who were within touching distance of a 2-0 series lead.

ADELAIDE BITE

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Jack O'LOUGHLIN  4.0ip 4h 2r 2er 1bb 1k;
Greg MOSEL  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Tyler CHAPPELL  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Matt WILLIAMS (W,1-1)  4.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Josh ALTMANN 2-3 (T); Bas NOOJI 2-3 (RBI); Karl HOSCHKE 1-1;
Stefan WELCH 2-5; Marcus GREENE JR 1-4; Connar O'GORMAN 1-4;
LeDarious CLARK 1-5 (T-2RBI)

PITCHING:

Keisuke HONDA  6.1ip 5h 2r 1er 2bb 5k;
Virgil VASQUEZ (BS,1)  0.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Shogo NODA  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Andrew JONES (L,0-1)  2.1ip 3h 1r 1er 2bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Jarryd DALE 2-4 (D); Allan de SAN MIGUEL 2-4;
Josh DAVIES 1-5 (RBI); Cody JONES 1-5; Roman COLLINS 1-5

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 3 - 26 NOV 2016 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 3 0

ADELAIDE

0 2 0 0 0 0 X     2 5 1
REPORT:  With the matinee game extending to four extra frames this afternoon, the nightcap was limited to just under two hours before the Adelaide Bite turned off the lights on a successful day at West Beach. Melbourne starter Dushan Ruzic was certainly no stranger to Adelaide locals as a long-time servant and he was not unfamiliar to the dangerous bat of Angus Roeger who took him deep with a two RBI laser shot in the bottom of the second. That proved to be all the scoring that either team could muster as Ruzic battled on to go the distance and Adelaide pitched a combined shutout. Import starter Max McNabb was particularly "nasty" for the Bite with seven punch outs to take the win, followed by Zach Cooper who nailed a strong save. Aside from Roeger's game deciding long ball the teams could only find seven other hits in a shortened game that was really dominated by very tough pitching. It was over all too soon for the Aces!

ADELAIDE BITE

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Max McNABB (W,1-0)  5.2ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 7k;
Zach COOPER (S,1)  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Angus ROEGER 1-3 (HR-2RBI); Josh ALTMANN 2-3;
Marcus GREENE JR 1-2; Jordan COWAN 1-3;

PITCHING:

Dushan RUZIC (L,0-1)  6.0ip 5h 2r 2er 3bb 7k

OFFENCE:

Ronald ACUNA 1-3; Liam BEDFORD 1-3; Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-3

 
 

WEEK 2 - Game 4 - 27 NOV 2016 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 3 5 0 2 0 0 X 10 9 1
REPORT:  The travelling Melbourne Aces were in this game until the bottom of the third when Adelaide turned on the offensive after-burners with some two out noise that flowed over into the next inning. The Bite piled on eight runs over the third and fourth innings to rattle young Melbourne starter Jon Kennedy who didn't enjoy his finest hour. That onslaught of runs was enough for Bite starter Taylor Hawkins to roll on for his first ABL win before Ky Hampton and Christopher Horne polished off the deal for delighted home fans.
Local star Stefan Welch shared the offensive honours with returning import Jordan Cowan as both supplied two hits and three RBIs. In the end Melbourne had somehow narrowed the hitting gap to 7-9, yet they weren't really in this contest for long today as Adelaide roared to a valuable comeback series victory at their new home base of Adelaide Shores.

ADELAIDE BITE

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Taylor HAWKINS (W,1-0)  5.1ip 7h 3r 2er 1bb 3k;
Ky HAMPTON  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Christopher HORNE  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Stefan WELCH 2-4 (3RBI); Jordan COWAN 2-5 (2D-3RBI);
Marcus GREENE JR 1-2; Connar O'GORMAN 1-3 (RBI);
Le Darious CLARK 1-4 (RBI); Josh ALTMANN 1-4 (D);
Angus ROEGER 1-4

PITCHING:

Jon KENNEDY (L,0-1)  3.1ip 5h 7r 7er 2bb 2k;
Brandon STENHOUSE  2.0ip 2h 2r 2er 2bb 2k;
Matt WILSON  1.2ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k;
Mark HAMBURGER  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Liam BEDFOIRD 2-3 (RBI); Mike WALKER 2-4 (D); Jarryd DALE 1-3;
Brad HARMAN 1-3 (RBI); Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-3

SERIES STARS:  Import Josh Altmann led Adelaide's safe hitters with six and Jordan Cowan smacked three doubles among his five hits. Angus Roeger's game winning two-run homer in Game 3 was the only long ball driven out of Adelaide Shores during its first home ABL series. There was little to speak of in terms of the Aces offence where three players hit only three times to lead the way. There was some really effective pitching in this series, but none better that Adelaide debutant Max McNabb who jousted with Dushan Ruzic in a shortened Game 3.