AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
2017 SEASON - WEEK 3

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  4 DEC 2016 - CAVALRY RIDES AWAY WITH 3-1 SERIES v ADELAIDE!

OVERVIEW:  CAVALRY - 34R  56H  4E  v  BITE - 27R  39H  5E. Rolling on from a 23-hit game to end their last series, the Canberra Cavalry compiled a high series total of 56 hits and their high powered offence was chiefly responsible for their 3-1 series victory at home this weekend. Adelaide grabbed a valuable "consolation" win in the finale where they narrowed the differential for runs scored.

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 1 - 1 DEC 2016 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

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

CANBERRA

4 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 X 10 13 0
REPORT:  On a clear, balmy night at Narrabundah the offences of both teams caught fire early for a wild slugfest before the game finally settled down into a tense fight to the finish. Rival starters Lee Sosa and Steven Chambers were both knocked out early as the ascendency ebbed and flowed through the first six innings. The Bite scored one in the top of the first, but a three-RBI triple from Mike Reeves powered Canberra to a four run reply in the bottom of the frame. Adelaide rallied back to tie it up in the top of the next when Cavalry pitcher Lee Sosa went off the rails and he didn't get through the three-run inning. Once again there was a swift response from the hosts when Boss Moananroa drove in two of his four RBIs for the game. That two run lead disappeared all to quickly for the hosts when Adelaide scored another three in the top of the third, thanks mainly to a pair of RBIs for LeDarious Clark. Adelaide seemed to be taking control when Marcus Greene Jr. plonked a two run homer over left centre in the top of the fourth and the Bite led 9-6 after just four.
The good news for the Cavalry was that there was plenty of game remaining and they didn't wait long to regain the high ground. They clawed one back in the fifth then took over the lead with three in the sixth when an error allowed Robbie Perkins to lash a two run double with two out in the inning. As mentioned the roaring start subsided after the sixth inning and the pitching finally held sway with Canberra's Tim Atherton on hand to snare the win. Adelaide' reliever HeiChun Lee was the man victimised by the error and three unearned runs saddled him with the blown save and the loss. Canberra used seven pitchers tonight and the last was Steve Kent who grabbed his second save.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Lee SOSA  1.2ip 5h 4r 4er 2bb 0k;
A.J HOLLAND  1.0ip 3h 3r 3er 2bb 1k;
Jackson LOWERY  1.1ip 1h 2r 2er 2bb 3k;
Tim ATHERTON (W,1-0)  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Zech LEMOND (H,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Andrew CASE (H,2)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Steve KENT (S,2)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Boss MOANAROA 3-5 (D-4RBI); Robbie PERKINS 3-5 (D-2RBI);
Mike REEVES 2-5 (T-3RBI); River STEVENS 2-5; Jason SLOAN 1-3; Scott KELLY 1-4; Kyle PERKINS 1-5

PITCHING:

Steven CHAMBERS  2.0ip 7h 6r 6er 2bb 3k;
Devon BARKER  3.0ip 2h 1r 0er 0bb 4k;
Hei Chun LEE (BS,2)(L,0-1)  1.2ip 4h 3r 0er 1bb 2k;
Matt WILLIAMS  1.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Marcus GREENE JR 3-5 (HR-2RBI); Jordan COWAN 2-4 (2D-RBI);
Karl HOSCHKE 2-4 (2D-RBI); Josh ALTMANN 2-4 (RBI);
Bas NOOJI 1-3; LeDarious CLARK 1-5 (D-3RBI)

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 2 - 2 DEC 2016 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

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

CANBERRA

0 0 2 0 3 3 0 0 X 8 14 1
REPORT:  That questionable game in Wollongong last Sunday, where Canberra scored 21 runs from 23 hits, obviously kick-started the Cavalry offence who has now enjoyed 13 and 14 hits in the opening two games of this series at Narrabundah. Adelaide starter Greg Mosel and Christopher Horne, who copped the loss, were on the receiving end as their hosts skipped away to a fairly convincing win. It wasn't all plain sailing for them when former NSW "local" Mitch Dening clocked a two-run "jack" in the first stanza and the Bite grasped an early three run lead. Hot hand Boss Moanaroa pulled two back with his RBI single in the bottom of the third, but Adelaide went ahead 4-2 with a run in the top of the fifth. That was all she wrote for Adelaide's offence as the Cavalry took over the reins. A very untidy bottom of the fifth helped enable them to post three, then another three in the sixth. That frame started with Adelaide import LeDarious Clark ejected from the game before it was punctuated by Aaron Sayers' two RBI double in his first series appearance for the season. Canberra's bullpen shut the door over the final four innings to see their team home to what was another positive result on home soil for them.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Scott CONE  4.0ip 4h 3r 3er 2bb 2k;
Brodie VASSALAKIS (W,1-0)  2.0ip 4h 1r 1er 2bb 2k;
Andrew CASE (H,3)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Bradley INGLIS  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Aaron SLOAN 3-4 (RBI); David KANDILAS 2-3; Robbie PERKINS 2-4;
Aaron SAYERS 2-4 (D-3RBI); Boss MOANAROA 2-4 (3RBI);
River STEVENS 2-6; D.J DAVIS 1-5 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Greg MOSEL  4.0ip 8h 3r 3er 1bb 3k;
Christopher HORNE (L,0-1)  1.1ip 3h 5r 5er 3bb 0k;
Matt WILLIAMS  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Tyler CHAPPELL  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 0k;
Loek van MIL  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Jordan COWAN 2-4 (D-RBI); Mitch DENING 2-5 (HR-2RBI);
Nathan VanDerLINDEN 1-2; Connar O'GORMAN 1-3;
A.C CARTER 1-3; Jackson BREBNER-RUSS 1-4;
Josh ALTMANN 1-5 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 3 - 3 DEC 2016 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

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

CANBERRA

0 7 0 1 5 0 0 1 X 14 21 0
REPORT:  Normally, you would expect that six runs from ten hits would give you a chance to win an ABL baseball game, but not if your opponents dine out with 14 runs from 21 hits! As mentioned yesterday the Canberra Cavalry have now recorded at least 13 hits in each of their past four games and they have now twice posted over 20 hits! Adelaide starter Taylor Hawkins was bullied mercilessly after Karl Hoschke had given his team a lead with his two-run homer in the top of the second. The Cavalry responded promptly with a "seven spot" in the home half of the frame when seven hits and five extra base hits was a blitzkrieg of batting. Adelaide's Marcus Greene Jr. went deep in the top of the fourth, then Mike Reeves matched him with a solo blast in the bottom of the fourth. Again in the fifth the Bite tried to get back into the game when Josh Altmann laced a two-run double, but Canberra had a silencing answer with a five run frame, spiced by David Kandilas' three-run jack. There wasn't too much joy for the men throwing the baseball at Narrabundah tonight, but Canberra starter Josh DeGraaf did well enough to claim his second win with some obvious assistance in the form of run support.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Josh DeGRAAF (W,2-0)  5.0ip 7h 5r 5er 3bb 3k;
Joackson LOWERY  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 2k;
Tim ATHERTON  1.0ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Aaron SLOAN  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jason SLOAN 3-5 (3D-RBI); Mike REEVES 3-5 (2D-HR-3RBI);
Aaron SLOAN 3-5 (D-2RBI); Kyle PERKINS 3-5 (D);
David KANDILAS 2-3 (HR-3RBI); Aaron SAYERS 2-4 (D-RBI);
Josh ALMONTE 2-5 (T-RBI); Scott KELLY 2-5;
D.J DAVIS 1-3 (D-3RBI)

PITCHING:

Taylor HAWKINS (L,1-1)  2.0ip 11h 7r 7er 2bb 0k;
Tyler CHAPPELL  2.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Hei Chun LEE  2.0ip 7h 5r 5er 0bb 1k;
Nathan VanDerLINDEN  2.0ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Josh ALTMANN 2-4 (D-2RBI); Marcus GREENE JR. 2-4 (HR-RBI);
Connar O'GORMAN 1-1 (RBI); Nathan VanDerLINDEN 1-3;
Karl HOSCHKE 1-4 (HR-2RBI); LeDarious CLARK 1-4;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS 1-4; Mitch DENING 1-4

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 4 - 4 DEC 2016 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

0 2 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 8 9 2

CANBERRA

0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 8 3
REPORT:  16yo starting pitcher Jack Te Haki O'Loughlin produced a terrific outing for the Adelaide Bite today, allowing only two unearned runs en-route to his second "W" of the season as they secured a consolation victory today. Of course it was very useful to O'Loughlin that Adelaide's offence supplied him with plenty of run support with two runs in the top of the second and a huge "five spot" in the top of the fifth. Imports Marcus Greene Jr., who drove in three, and A.C Carter went back-to-back with dingers over left field to dispose of Cavalry starter Sean Guinard who was saddled with the loss. Adelaide's bullpen then took over to shut down the last four Canberra innings as the Bite romped away with a much needed result in this series finale. The Bite's pitching finally found a way to slow down a rampant Canberra offence when it was just too late to change the overall series result.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Sean GUINARD (L,0-1)  4.1ip 8h 7r 6er 3bb 1k;
A.J HOLLAND  2.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Zech LEMOND  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Steve KENT  1.0ip 1h 1r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Scott KELLY 2-5 (2RBI); Jason SLOAN 1-2; Mike REEVES 1-3;
Aaron SAYERS 1-4; Aaron SLOAN 1-4; Robbie PERKINS 1-4;
Kyle PERKINS 1-4

PITCHING:

Jack O'LOUGHLIN (W,2-0)  5.0ip 6h 2r 0er 0bb 2k;
Devon BARKER  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Zach COOPER  1.1ip 0h 0r 0er 3bb 1k;
Loek van MIL  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Marcus GREENE JR 2-5 (HR-4RBI); Nathan VanDerLINDEN 2-5;
Bas NOOJI 1-2; Connar O'GORMAN 1-3; Mitch DENING 1-4;
Jordan COWAN 1-5 (RBI); A.C CARTER 1-5 (HR-RBI);
Josh ALTMANN 0-3 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  Local slugger Aaron Sloan topped the hit list for the hosts with seven, just edging Robbie Perkins and import Mike Reeves who nailed six and FIVE other Canberra players who hit five times for the series. Boss Moanaroa drove in a team high seven RBIs, topping Reeves with six from two doubles, a triple and a homer. Import star Marcus Greene Jr. was series MVP for the Bite with seven hits, three long balls and seven RBIs in a terrific performance. In a series that didn't highlight the efficiency of pitching, young Adelaide starter Jack O'Loughlin probably grabbed the award for best pitcher with his fine effort in Game 4.

  4 DEC 2016 - MELBOURNE SWEEPS FOR FIRST ROAD WIN 4-0 IN BRISBANE!

OVERVIEW:   BANDITS - 11R  23H  1E  v  ACES - 28R  37H  3E. The Melbourne Aces enjoyed a very rare series sweep for them and their first ever away series victory - the series totals reflected their significant advantage for both hits and runs. Against the defending Champions, the Aces demonstrated an impressive balance of pitching, defence and offence that belies their poor seasons of the recent past.
Both teams were strong defensively with Melbourne owning three errors and the Bandits just one across the four games.

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 1 - 2 DEC 2016 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 2 1 0 2 0 3 0 0 8 8 1

BRISBANE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
REPORT:  Melbourne's Mark Hamburger arrived with major league credentials and, to get a rather horrible pun out of the way, tonight he was certainly a "hamburger with the lot!" Nearing his 30th birthday early next year, Hamburger has had a long pro career that saw him pitch in the big leagues with the 2011 Texas Rangers. In 2016 he pitched with the Independent League St. Paul Saints in the American Association and the beanpole righty has begun his ABL campaign in most impressive style. At Holloway tonight he took on the defending ABL Champions and he dealt them a very sobering two-hit, complete game, shutout. Combining with new Aces' catcher Allan de San Miguel as a battery mate, Hamburger worked in and out and regularly hit his spots to strike out twelve in a sublime display of pitching mastery. It was Mitch Nilsson who claimed both hits for the Bandits and, in fairness, one of those was a "Texas Leaguer" that fell fortunately between fielders. While Hamburger throttled Brisbane's offence, the Aces went to work against Bandits' No.1 starter Rick Teasley who took a rare loss. Speedy import Ronald Acuna showed some hitting potency with three knocks that included a double and a homer for four big RBIs, while young pro Ryan Dale came through with a two run bomb as that pair produced most of the scoring. It was a big win on the road for Melbourne.

BRISBANE BANDITS

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Rick TEASLEY (L,1-1)  6.0ip 6h 5r 5er 1bb 8k;
James ALBURY  1.0ip 2h 3r 3er 2bb 1k;
Simon MORRISS  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Mitch NILSSON 2-3

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (W,2-0)  9.0ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 12k

OFFENCE:

Ronald ACUNA 3-5 (D-HR-4RBI); Ryan DALE 2-4 (HR-2RBI);
Mike WALKER 1-3; Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-4 (D); Jarryd DALE 1-4;
Liam BEDFORD 0-3 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 2 - 3 DEC 2016 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

1 0 0 0 6 0 X     7 8 0

BRISBANE

0 3 0 0 0 0 X     3 5 0
REPORT:  Not long before the heavens opened in rather typical Brisbane style, the visiting Melbourne Aces had snatched away a handy advantage that gave them a 2-0 lead in this away series. Much earlier Roman Collins had spanked the first of two homers for the game in the top of the first to give the Aces a lead that didn't last very long. Melbourne's impressive Japanese starter Keisuke Honda had a chance to keep a clean sheet with two outs in the bottom of the second before the powerful bat of pro slugger Connor MacDonald crushed a three-run shot over right field to give the Bandits a 3-1 lead. Experienced Justin Erasmus had battled manfully as usual to keep the Aces off the board before the floodgates opened in the top of the fifth. A pair of singles to lead off the inning and a sac bunt saw the end of the day for Erasmus but, if manager Dave Nilsson had expected his bullpen to come to the rescue, he was to be most disappointed. Zac Treece saw the lead vanish when Cody Jones drove in a pair with his double to right and Ronald Acuna homered to take the lead away. In blustery conditions that heralded the advancing storm, Jake Pannunzio took over but he couldn't keep the ball in the park. Roman Collins, for the second time, and Mike Walker both "went yard" as the Aces saluted back-to-back-to-back long balls in a six run uprising. Under rapidly darkening skies Honda took the ball all the way into the bottom of the sixth for his second win of the season before the rain bucketed down. It didn't take long for the tarpaulin to be inundated by the deluge that saw this game shortened and the scheduled nightcap was postponed.

BRISBANE BANDITS

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Justin ERASMUS  4.1ip 4h 3r 3er 2bb 1k;
Zac TREECE (L,1-1)  0.0ip 2h 2r 2er 0bb 0k;
Jake PANNUNZIO  0.0ip 2h 2r 2er 0bb 0k;
Matt TIMMS  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Simon MORRISS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Connor MacDONALD 1-2 (HR-3RBI); David SUTHERLAND 1-2;
William THORP 1-2; T.J BENNETT 1-2; Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-3 (D)

PITCHING:

Keisuke HONDA (W,2-0)  5.1ip 5h 3r 3er 0bb 5k;

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 3 - 4 DEC 2016 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 0 1 5     6 11 0

BRISBANE

3 0 1 1 0 0 0     5 8 1
REPORT:  Not entirely dissimilar to yesterday's game at Holloway, the Melbourne Aces found their bats coming alive just in time to overturn what looked likely to be a victory for the Bandits. Melbourne's evergreen starter Dushan Ruzic had been somewhat roughed-up by Brisbane's offence who plated three in the bottom of the first when imports Tommy Milone and T.J Bennett both left the yard. Milone doubled to score another in the third and a sacrifice fly gave them a 5-0 lead after four complete. Bandits' starter Kramer Champlin was sailing through a five inning shutout until the Aces bats awoke and game MVP Mike Walker gave them life with his RBI double in the top of the sixth. There was still little cause for alarm in the Brisbane dugout until a succession of one out hits shoved Champlin out of the game and pro hurler Sam Holland could not put enough fingers in the dyke to stop the rot. Walker doubled again in a game-breaking five run inning that wrested away the lead right at the death. Young pro Brandon Stenhouse pocketed the win for Melbourne and former South Aussie Josh Tols was strong for the save in the final inning. Almost unnoticed by many, a momentous occasion had just happened in Brisbane as the hapless Aces of recent seasons had just secured their first away series win in the modern history of the Australian Baseball League.

BRISBANE BANDITS

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Kramer CHAMPLIN  6.1ip 9h 5r 5er 0bb 2k;
Sam HOLLAND (BS,1)(L,1-1)  0.2ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Thomas MILONE 2-3 (D-HR-2RBI); T.J BENNETT 2-3 (HR-2RBI);
Logan WADE 2-3 (RBI); David SUTHERLAND 1-3;
Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-4; Connor MacDONALD 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Dushan RUZIC  4.0ip 7h 5r 5er 0bb 1k;
Matt WILSON  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Brandon STENHOUSE (W,1-0)  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Josh TOLS (S,2)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Mike WALKER 3-4 (2D-2RBI); Roman COLLINS 2-4 (RBI);
Nick ROSSELL 1-1; Jared CRUZ 1-2 (RBI); Brad HARMAN 1-3 (D);
Liam BEDFORD 1-3; Cody JONES 1-4 (D-RBI);
Ronald ACUNA 1-4 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 4 - 4 DEC 2016 - Holloway Field - Make-up for Washout on 3 Dec 2016

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

1 5 0 1 0 0 0     7 10 2

BRISBANE

0 1 0 0 0 1 1     3 8 0
REPORT:  At 16 years and 68 days when he made his ABL debut on the first day of this season for the Melbourne Aces, short stop Jarryd Dale became one of the youngest players in the history of both Australian Baseball Leagues. While it would be hard to verify, it would be a pretty safe bet that tonight he became the youngest player to launch a Grand Slam home run in ABL competition! The youngest son of Australian pitching legend and former Aces manager Phil Dale has not looked out of place at senior national level this season and he gave us all a glimpse of what the future may hold for him here. His second inning long ball set Melbourne on the path to a series sweep on the back of their first ever away series victory in modern ABL history. The Aces led 6-0 after the top of the second and they had already seen off Brisbane starter Daniel Nilsson. In a seven inning game scheduled to make up for a washout last night, it was a hill too big to climb for the Bandits who did battle away to the bitter end. Mike Walker clocked his third home run of the season for Melbourne in the top of the fourth and local star Aaron Whitefield went deep to lead off the last to give home fans some belated joy. The Aces pitching was solid enough to ensure the positive result with big Jon Kennedy doing his job through 3.1 innings and Shogo Noda collecting the win in middle relief.
Take a bow Jarryd Dale and the Melbourne Aces who brought out the brooms on an eventful and historic day!

BRISBANE BANDITS

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Daniel NILSSON (L,0-1)  1.0ip 3h 5r 5er 2bb 1k;
Rhys NIIT  4.0ip 6h 2r 2er 0bb 0k;
Matt TIMMS  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 3bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Logan WADE 2-3 (D); Kevin PADLO 1-2 (D); Nathan HAAS 1-3 (RBI);
Connor MacDONALD 1-3 (RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-4 (HR-RBI);
T.J BENNETT 1-4 (D); Mitch NILSSON 1-4

PITCHING:

Jon KENNEDY  3.1ip 3h 1r 1er 2bb 1k;
Shogo NODA (W,1-0)  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Jeremy YOUNG  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Virgil VASQUEZ  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

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

SERIES STARS:  Speedy import Ronald Acuna also showcased a dangerous bat this weekend with seven hits that yielded a double, two homers and eight big RBIs. Mike Walker boasted seven hits, two doubles and two homers for five RBIs, while Roman Collins joined the two home run club. Then of course there was 16yo Jarryd Dale who bombed a Grand Salami. Brisbane were well behind with Logan Wade and T.J Bennett owning just four hits, but young professional Connor MacDonald was their clear RBI leader with five. Former major leaguer Mark Hamburger was the pitching standout with his complete nine-inning game, two hit shutout for the Aces in Game 1 that would be mighty hard to top!

  4 DEC 2016 - SYDNEY ROLLS ON 3-1 v PERTH AT BLACKTOWN!

OVERVIEW:   BLUE SOX - 11R  24H  4E  v  HEAT - 11R  26H  2E. Even though the Sydney Blue Sox enjoyed a strong 3-1 series ascendency, Perth's decisive win in Game 4 closed the series offensive totals to eleven runs each and took the Heat to a two-hit overall advantage.
It was all reflective of a keenly fought series where Sydney's pitching helped them to secure three tight results at Blacktown.

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 1 - 2 DEC 2016 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 8 1

SYDNEY

2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 X 6 8 0
REPORT:  The home standing Sydney Blue Sox jumped out early tonight at Blacktown, but they had to withstand a late uprising from the Heat to secure the lollies. Two runs in the bottom of the first and a solo 'dinger' by Zac Shepherd in the second had Perth starter Michael Lee on the rack for the loss and Sydney's Trevor Foss in the frame for his first ABL win. Perth's offence sprung to life somewhat belatedly with four runs across the seventh and eighth innings, yet those were answered with three from the Blue Sox in a game where each team had eight hits. Malik Collymore had three hits for the Sox, as did Perth's former major leaguer Luke Hughes who is currently batting .414. The Heat pitchers certainly didn't help themselves by issuing eight free passes with Sydney locals Trent D'Antonio and Guy Edmonds both walking three times for the game. German native Sven Schuller nailed down his first ABL save to send home fans away happy tonight.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Trevor FOSS (W,1-1)  6.2ip 5h 2r 2er 2bb 8k;
Ryoto YOSHIKOSHI (H,1)  0.1ip 3h 2r 2er 0bb 1k;
Josh GEYER (H,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Sven SCHULLER (S,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Malik COLLYMORE 3-5 (D); Stone GARRETT 2-4 (D);
Trent D'ANTONIO 1-2 (T); Zac SHEPHERD 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Jacob YOUNIS 1-4; Guy EDMONDS 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Michael LEE (L,0-2)  6.0ip 5h 3r 3er 4bb 4k;
Cameron LAMB  0.0ip 1h 2r 1er 1bb 0k;
Lex RUTLEDGE  1.2ip 2h 1r 1er 2bb 4k;
Scott MITCHINSON  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 3-3 (D); Nick RUPPERT 1-3 (RBI); Sam KENNELLY 1-3;
Jesse BARRON 1-3 (D-RBI); Matt KENNELLY 1-4 (RBI);
Joey WONG 1-5; Derek PETERSON 0-4 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 2 - 3 DEC 2016 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 8 0

SYDNEY

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   2 6 2
REPORT:  After a tight, well pitched, game the Sydney Blue Sox emerged narrow 2-1 victors with an extra inning walkoff win in what was supposed to be a seven inning matinee on a double header Saturday. Luke Wilkins and Gyoung-Wan Lim kept the Heat hitters at bay, even though they emerged with a couple more hits than their hosts. Nick Veale and Conor Lourey were similarly effective for Perth before Will Dennis went into total melt-down in the extra inning. Four successive walks, separated only by a sacrifice bunt, saw the game winning run pushed across the plate in rather anticlimactic fashion. Malik Collymore got Sydney on the board early when his one out double resulted in him scoring a go-ahead run that separated the teams until the fifth inning. A leadoff walk led to a tying run for Perth in the top of the fifth, while it took a deserved win away from Luke Wilkins who navigated seven quality innings for the 'B-Sox'.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS  7.0ip 7h 1r 1er 4bb 2k;
Gyoung-Wan LIM (W,2-0)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Malik COLLYMORE 2-3 (D); Zac SHEPHERD 1-2 (RBI);
Jacob YOUNIS 1-3; Hiroki YAMAZAKI 1-3; Michael CAMPBELL 1-3

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE  5.0ip 5h 1r 1er 2bb 2k;
Conor LOUREY  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Will DENNIS (L,1-1)  0.2ip 0h 1r 1er 4bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jesse BARRON 2-4; Matt KENNELLY 1-2; Nick RUPPERT 1-3;
Jake BOWEY 1-3; Luke HUGHES 1-3; Joey WONG 1-4 (D-RBI);
Derek PETERSON 1-4 (D)

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 3 - 3 DEC 2016 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

PERTH

1 0 0 0 0 0 0     1 6 1

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 2 X     2 4 1
REPORT:  With the early game going into extra innings, this nightcap was limited to seven innings at Blacktown tonight. It was a perfect scenario for veteran Craig Anderson to tip-toe away with his third win from three starts this season. The crafty left-hander kept the ball away from the fat part of Perth's bats as he does so consistently and he finished one batter short of going the distance tonight. Tom Bailey did carry the ball right through this game for the Heat and, for most of the evening, he looked like emerging with the win. Hot hitting Luke Hughes doubled and scored in the opening frame to give Perth the lead and Bailey made it stand up until the bottom of the sixth, in the shadows of the winning post. Two one out walks proved to be a deadly recipe for Bailey when young Detroit professional Zac Shepherd mashed a huge two RBI triple to literally snatch the bacon from their visitor's plate. Josh Guyer swooped for the save by retiring the final batter of the game, but this one was mostly about Anderson who, in the end, just outlasted his opposing starter. Bailey, sadly, faltered when it mattered after striking out more than one hitter per innings throughout the game... baseball can be a cruel master at times!

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON (W,3-0)  6.2ip 6h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Josh GUYER (S,1)  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Alex HOWE 2-3; Zac SHEPHERD 1-3 (T-2RBI);
Malik COLLYMORE 1-3

PITCHING:

Tom BAILEY (L,0-1)  6.0ip 4h 2r 2er 3bb 7k

OFFENCE:

Derek PETERSON 1-3 (RBI); Luke HUGHES 1-3 (D);
Matt KENNELLY 1-3; Josh DIGGINS 1-3; Sam KENNELLY 1-3;
Nick RUPPERT 1-3

 
 

WEEK 3 - Game 4 - 4 DEC 2016 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 5 4 0

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 1
REPORT:  Much like Adelaide in Canberra this afternoon, the Perth Heat survived a potential sweep in Sydney today by taking the points in the series finale. Daniel Schmidt was back near his best on the hill for the Heat with six strong innings that offered Sydney's hitters precious little traction. Aaron Sookee also looked in fine form for the Blue Sox until a walk and an error in the top of the fourth gave Perth a 1-0 lead that quickly grew to 5-0 after the top of the sixth. In-form former major leaguer Luke Hughes homered to lead off the frame that became untidy as Sookee handed over to his bullpen. Perth's pitching enjoyed a most productive day to ensure a solid win in spite of the fact that their team managed only four hits versus six by their hosts. It certainly wasn't the most uplifting way for the 'B-Sox' to end what had been a good overall series result for them, but then the Heat will feel entitled to take something from four very competitive games.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Aaron SOOKEE (L,0-2)  5.1ip 4h 5r 4er 4bb 2k;
Matthew RAE  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Vaughan HARRIS  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Sven SCHULLER  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Joshua DEAN 2-4 (D-RBI); Malik COLLYMORE 2-4 (D);
Stone GARRETT 1-3; Trent D'ANTONIO 1-4

PITCHING:

Daniel SCHMIDT (W,1-1)  6.0ip 6h 1r 1er 0bb 3k;
Conor LOUREY  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 1k;
Lex RUTLEDGE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Scott MITCHINSON  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 2-3 (HR-RBI); Matt KENNELLY 1-3 (RBI);
Alex HALL 1-4 (RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 0-3 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  Malik Collymore is proving to be a terrific acquisition for Sydney with by far the most hits for the 'B-Sox' - eight. Young pro Zac Shepherd nailed their only home run while driving in a series most four. Similarly, former major leaguer Luke Hughes was the offensive star for Perth with seven hits and their only long ball - no Heat player drove in more than two. All of the winning starting pitchers in this series were worthy of a positive mention. Trevor Foss, Luke Wilkins and Craig Anderson were very tough for the hosts, while Daniel Schmidt found some of his best for for Perth to guide them to a win in Game 4.