AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
2017 SEASON - WEEK 5

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  18 DEC 2016 - CANBERRA ROLLS PERTH 3-1 AT THE FORT!

OVERVIEW:   CAVALRY - 21R  45H  1E  v  HEAT - 14R  35H  2E. The series totals pretty much bore out Canberra's 3-1 ascendency in this home stand that pulled them up into second place on the ABL table. That aside, the Heat was not disgraced by any means.

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 1 - 15 DEC 2016 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

PERTH

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

CANBERRA

0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 X 5 6 0
REPORT:  It may be a tad early to start talking about "trends", but it has been a rare thing over the current ABL era to see the four-time Champion Perth Heat out-hit their opposition without winning the contest. This happened at Narrabundah tonight when the Heat managed just two runs from ten hits to spoil a very good start from Conor Lourey, who struck out seven across just 4.2 innings. He engaged in a tough pitching duel with Canberra's Louis Cohen who took an impressive shutout into the sixth inning when Tim Kennelly's leadoff double led to his departure and Perth briefly grabbed the lead. The inning prior Canberra had gone ahead when a strikeout on a wild pitch allowed Boss Moanaroa aboard as the leadoff hitter and Lourey suddenly lost his command. A hit batter and a pair of two out walks pushed across the opening run of the game. As mentioned, Perth went ahead in the top of the sixth when Derek Peterson and Ulrich Bojarski both drove in a run to put the Heat on top 2-1. The pivotal moment came in the bottom of the seventh when Toronto Blue Jays' former first round draft selection D.J Davis cracked a three-run homer over left field for the Cavalry to swipe away the ascendency for good. Tim Atherton recorded his second win of the season and Steve Kent claimed his fourth save. The remarkable Kennelly brothers combined to rack up six hits for the Heat, with Tim nailing three, but the undoubted star of this game was #9 slot hitter D.J Davis with the big noise of the night.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Louis COHEN  5.1ip 3h 1r 1er 1bb 5k;
Andrew CASE (BS,1)  0.2ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Tim ATHERTON (W,2-0)  2.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 4k;
Steve KENT (S,4)  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

David KANDILAS 2-4; Scott KELLY 1-2 (RBI); Josh ALMONTE 1-3;
D.J DAVIS 1-2 (HR-3RBI); Jason SLOAN 1-2 (D-RBI)

PITCHING:

Conor LOUREY  4.2ip 1h 1r 1er 4bb 7k;
Lex RUTLEDGE (L,1-1)  1.2ip 3h 3r 3er 1bb 0k;
Benn GRICE  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Will DENNIS  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Tim KENNELLY 3-5 (D); Matt KENNELLY 2-4; Alex HALL 2-3;
Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-4 (RBI); Derek PETERSON 1-4 (RBI);
Sam KENNELLY 1-4

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 2 - 17 DEC 2016 - Narrabundah - Make-up for Postponed Game on 16 Dec 2016

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 2 0 0 0 2 0     4 8 0

CANBERRA

1 0 0 0 0 4 X     5 12 0
REPORT:  In a make-up for yesterday's washout, the Canberra Cavalry pulled this one out of the fire at 'Fort Narrabundah' today. The hosts wasted no time applying pressure to Perth starter Tom Bailey with two doubles and a single in the bottom of the first for one run on the board, but it took a fair bit longer for Bailey to really wilt after his brilliant outing last weekend. He kept the Cavs off the scoreboard through the next four innings while his team built him a more than handy 4-1 lead. The Heat took over the lead with a couple of runs against Josh DeGraaf in the top of the second before adding another pair off reliever Jackson Lowery in the top of the sixth. Although Canberra enjoyed plenty of hits against Bailey they had not been able to cash them in and the opportunities were running out in a seven inning contest. A duo of one out singles in the bottom of the sixth set the scene for local lad Kyle Perkins to thump a game tying, three run, "jack" over right centre, then for Scott Kelly to nail the ultimate game winner with his RBI double. It was Kelly's second double on a three hit afternoon for the diminutive 30yo infielder. The late comeback handed the win to a rather fortunate Lowery and set up a first ABL save for Zech Lemond.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Josh DeGRAAF  5.0ip 4h 2r 2er 1bb 3k;
Jackson LOWERY (W,2-0)  1.0ip 4h 2r 2er 0bb 1k;
Zech LEMOND (S,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Scott KELLY 3-4 (2D-RBI); Kyle PERKINS 2-3 (HR-3RBI);
River STEVENS 2-3 (RBI); Aaron SLOAN 1-3 (D): Mike REEVES 1-3;
Josh ALMONTE 1-3; David KANDILAS 1-3 (D); Boss MOANAROA 1-3

PITCHING:

Tom BAILEY (L,1-2)  5.1ip 11h 5r 5er 0bb 2k;
Will DENNIS  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 2-4; Jake BOWEY 1-3 (D); Nick RUPPERT 1-3 (RBI);
Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-3 (D-RBI); Derek PETERSON 1-3 (RBI);
Matt KENNELLY 1-3; Tim KENNELLY 1-4; Jesse WILLIAMS 0-3 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 3 - 17 DEC 2016 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 8 1

CANBERRA

0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 12 0
REPORT:  Already mired in the unusual position at the bottom of the ABL table, the travelling Perth Heat was on the precipice of going down 0-3 in this series at Narrabundah when they sucked in a breath of oxygen when they were down to their last out in the top of the ninth.
The Heat were on the board first in this nightcap tonight when new prospect Ulrich Bojarski crunched his second home run of the season for a brace of runs that were the only ones scored against Canberra starter Scott Cone who was otherwise very strong through six innings. Mike Reeves matched Bojarski with his two run shot that squared the game for the Cavs in the bottom of the second and they then set about building a 4-2 lead with single runs in the sixth and eighth... the latter on a Robbie Perkins long ball. That was when the top of the ninth arrived and Canberra favourite Steve Kent was handed the ball to take it home. The save was blown when the Heat rallied hard and the tying run was pushed across the plate with a two out, bases loaded, walk... OUCH! With the game extended, the contest went down to those "tie-breaker rules" in the eleventh inning and it was Perth that prevailed via Sam Kennelly's two RBI single. Benn Grice gleefully recoded the win, while Andrew Case was saddled with his second loss of the season. It was a win that Perth, as they say, simply had to have tonight!

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Scott CONE  6.0ip 4h 2r 2er 0bb 4k;
Tyler HERR (H,1)  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 3k;
Steve KENT (BS,1)  0.2ip 3h 2r 2er 2bb 1k;
Andrew CASE (L,1-2)  2.1ip 1h 2r 2er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Robbie PERKINS 3-5 (HR-RBI); Scott KELLY 3-6;
River STEVENS 2-6 (D); Josh ALMONTE 2-4; Kyle PERKINS 1-4;
Mike REEVES 1-5 (HR-2RBI)

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE  5.0ip 6h 2r 2er 2bb 4k;
Cameron LAMB  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 2bb 0k;
Scott MITCHINSON  3.0ip 3h 1r 1er 2bb 2k;
Benn GRICE (W,1-0)  2.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 4 - 18 DEC 2016 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

PERTH

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

CANBERRA

1 0 1 2 1 2 0 0 X 7 15 1
REPORT:  American Independent League pitcher Sean Guinard enjoyed the best start of his ABL career tonight to pilot the Canberra Cavalry to a decisive series victory at Narrabundah. Guinard rattled through seven shutout innings of convincing stuff before the Heat found a couple of belated runs against relievers Tim Atherton and A.J Holland. Meanwhile Canberra had chipped away at Perth starter Daniel Schmidt who was consigned to his third loss of the current campaign. The dangerous Kyle Perkins struck a key blow with his two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth as Canberra led comfortably 7-0 after six frames. Luke Hughes had three hits for Perth to do his best in the losing cause, to be matched by Cavalry import D.J Davis who also boasted three hits as part of a 15-hit romp for his ballclub.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Sean GUINARD (W,1-1)  7.0ip 5h 0r 0er 2bb 3k;
Tim ATHERTON  1.0ip 3h 1r 0er 0bb 3k;
A.J HOLLAND  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

D.J DAVIS 3-4; David KANDILAS 2-3 (RBI); Aaron SLOAN 2-4;
Kyle PERKINS 2-4 (HR-2RBI); River STEVENS 2-4 (D-3RBI);
Boss MOANAROA 2-4 (RBI); Scott KELLY 1-4 (T); Mike REEVES 1-4

PITCHING:

Daniel SCHMIDT (L,1-3)  4.0ip 9h 4r 4er 0bb 1k;
Adam MILLSON  2.0ip 5h 3r 3er 0bb 1k;
Jake BOWEY  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Lex RUTLEDGE  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 3-4; Sam KENNELLY 2-2; Derek PETERSON 2-4;
Matt KENNELLY 1-3; Alex HALL 1-4; Jesse WILLIAMS 0-4 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  The home standing Canberra club had ten different players with at least three hits for this series, led by Scott Kelly who hit safely eight times, followed by River Stevens with six hits. Kyle Perkins led the Cavs for run production with five RBIs, that included two long balls. Tim Kennelly was the main hitter for Perth with five hits, while young star Ulrich Bojarski supplied a club high four RBIs.
Import Sean Guinard snatched pitcher of the series honours with his scoreless start in Game 4, perhaps followed by Louis Cohen who was very strong for the Cavalry in Game 1.

  18 DEC 2016 - MELBOURNE DOMINATES BLUE SOX IN 4-0 SWEEP!

OVERVIEW:   ACES - 21R  42H  1E  v  BLUE SOX - 6R  26H  4E. The Melbourne Aces are doing a heck of a lot right so far this season with tremendously effective pitching, solid defence and a multi-threat offence that includes both power and speed. Their sweep of the Sydney Blue Sox, who had been in second place coming into Melbourne, has come in completely comprehensive fashion. As noted, the 'B-Sox' managed just two more runs after leading 4-1 after seven innings in Game 1, while being shut out in the last two games.

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 1 - 16 DEC 2016 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

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

MELBOURNE

0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 5 14 1
REPORT:  Over recent seasons the Melbourne Aces have found plenty of ways to lose games that they could have won but, just maybe, the 2016/17 version is turning the corner under manager Jon Deeble. Not for the first time this season the Aces looked almost dead and buried tonight when Sydney broke open a tense 1-1 arm wrestle with three huge runs in the top of the seventh. Before that rival starters Mark Hamburger and Trevor Foss had waged a war of attrition while allowing just a solo home run apiece. Liam Bedford took Foss deep to open the scoring in the bottom of the second, ahead of Guy Edmonds' solo blast that squared it up in the top of the next.
Hamburger had mowed down eleven Blue Sox via the punch out route before his pitch count went well beyond the ton in the top of the seventh. Sydney took advantage of his tank running out by reverting to some "small ball" including a couple of successful bunt plays that loaded the bags with nobody out. A sacrifice fly took the lead, then Trent D'Antonio delivered what might have been a knockout blow with his two RBI double. Melbourne also took advantage of Foss departing by mounting a rally against Josh Guyer in the bottom of the eighth.
Former pro Jared Cruz came through with a big two RBI triple to tie the game and Sydney dodged a go-ahead run with a crucial out at home plate. Winning pitcher Josh Tols mixed three walks with three strike outs to keep the visitors off the board in the top of the ninth and to set up some walkoff heroics in the home half. The base running speed of the Aces came to the fore when Cody Jones and Ronald Acuna paved the way for Roman Collins to deliver a game winning sacrifice fly RBI. While excited team mates tried to chase Collins around the infield the Altona lights blinked out rather quickly and the fireworks display was underway.
More importantly for Melbourne they are finding the winning feeling much, much, better than the losing one!

MELBOURNE ACES

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER  7.2ip 8h 4r 4er 3bb 11k;
Shogo NODA  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Josh TOLS (W,1-1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 3bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Liam BEDFORD 3-4 (D-2RBI); Jared CRUZ 3-4 (T-2RBI);
Roman COLLINS 2-4 (D-RBI); Ronald ACUNA 2-5; Ryan DALE 1-4;
Mike WALKER 1-2; de SAN MIGUEL 1-4; Cody JONES 1-5

PITCHING:

Trevor FOSS  7.0ip 9h 1r 1er 1bb 5k;
Josh GUYER (BS,1)  1.0ip 3h 3r 3er 1bb 2k;
Sven SCHULLER (L,0-2)  0.1ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Tucker NEUHAUS 2-5; Trent D'ANTONIO 1-2 (D-2RBI);
Guy EDMONDS 1-4 (HR-RBI); Alex HOWE 1-3; Stone GARRETT 1-4;
Zach SHEPHERD 1-4; Joshua DEAN 1-5; Jacob YOUNIS 0-3 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 2 - 17 DEC 2016 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 1 1     2 5 1

MELBOURNE

5 1 0 0 0 0 X     6 8 0
REPORT:  The Melbourne Aces were all over Sydney starter Luke Wilkins like the proverbial "cheap suit" from the outset of this matinee game at Altona today. Four successive singles greeted him in the bottom of the first as seven singles for inning saw the Aces post a "five spot" to have the Blue Sox on their heels right from the start. Melbourne's impressive Japanese import Keisuke Honda started a little shakily with a pair of walks, but he settled quite well to become the league's first four game winner despite issuing six walks for the game.
Sydney import Stone Garrett homered in the top of the last as the 'B-Sox' found a couple of belated consolation runs near the end of a game that had got away from them very early on this afternoon. The hot start removed most of the pressure for the Aces in a seven inning game and they never really looked like losing this one on a pleasant day at Melbourne Ballpark.

MELBOURNE ACES

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Keisuke HONDA (W,4-0)  5.0ip 3h 0r 0er 6bb 6k;
Luke ABELS  0.1ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Matt WILSON  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Virgil VASQUEZ  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Roman COLLINS 2-2 (D-RBI); Liam BEDFORD 1-2 (RBI);
Ronald ACUNA 1-2; Jared CRUZ 1-2; Mike WALKER 1-3 (RBI);
Ryan DALE 1-3; Cody JONES 1-4; Jarryd DALE 0-3 (RBI);
Allan de SAN MIGUEL 0-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS (L,2-2)  4.2ip 8h 6r 6er 4bb 2k;
Aaron SOOKEE  1.1ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Hiroki YAMAZAKI 2-3; Stone GARRETT 2-4 (HR-RBI);
Alex HOWE 1-3; Malik COLLYMORE 0-3 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 3 - 17 DEC 2016 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0

MELBOURNE

3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 X 5 11 0
REPORT:  Former Adelaide veteran Dushan Ruzic did his claims for a spot on the 2017 World Baseball Classic roster no harm at all tonight with the major part of a Melbourne Aces pitching shutout at Altona. The big man allowed the visiting Blue Sox just four hits through seven quality innings while he fanned seven with his canny movement. Melbourne relievers Noda and Stenhouse kept the shutout intact to allow their offence plenty of time to post a winning score. Allan de San Miguel "went yard" to add two more runs to Mike Walker's RBI single in the bottom of the first and those early runs would have been more than enough on this night. A couple more runs in the bottom of the fifth concluded the scoring while at the same time hanging the first loss of this season around the neck of Sydney evergreen Craig Anderson. Having last appeared in the 2013 ABL, Dushan Ruzic has been a bonus acquisition for Melbourne who look much tougher in 2016/17.

MELBOURNE ACES

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Dushan RUZIC (W,2-1)  7.0ip 4h 0r 0er 2bb 7k;
Shogo NODA  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Brandon STENHOUSE  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

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

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON (L,3-1)  5.0ip 8h 5r 5er 2bb 5k;
Todd GRATTAN  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Ryoto YOSHIKOSHI  1.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Vaughan HARRIS  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Malik COLLYMORE 2-4 (D); Tucker NEUHAUS 1-3;
Trent D'ANTONIO 1-3; Hiroki YAMAZAKI 1-4; Jacob YOUNIS 1-4;
Stone GARRETT 1-4

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 4 - 18 DEC 2016 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2

MELBOURNE

3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 X 5 9 0
REPORT:  I thought I was seeing things when I noted that these teams had posted exactly the same line score in successive games!
While Sydney was shut out for the second straight game, Melbourne scored three in the first and two in the fifth to, quite remarkably, exactly match the scoring in Game 3. Most significant for the Melbourne Aces was the fact that had dealt successive shutouts to the Blue Sox who came into this series with the second best record in the league. Worse still for the 'B-Sox', they had been able to muster only two more runs for the four-game series after leading 4-1 following the seventh inning in Game 1. This time it was lanky Atlanta Braves' pro Jon Kennedy who got the party started for the Aces with a terrific five inning start that earned him the win. It was all plain sailing for Melbourne's bullpen right to the end when Josh Tols struck out the last three Sydney hitters to put an exclamation mark on a great home stand. Outstanding catcher Allan de San Miguel delivered once again for his new city with his fifth home run of the season putting three huge runs on the board in the bottom of the first. To match the scoring sequence from last night Melbourne added two more in the bottom of the fifth, including one of three hits supplied by star import Roman Collins who is now batting .338 for the season. Melbourne rolls on!

MELBOURNE ACES

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Jon KENNEDY (W,1-1)  5.0ip 3h 0r 0er 2bb 6k;
Shogo NODA  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Jeremy YOUNG  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 3k;
Virgil VASQUEZ  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Josh TOLS  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Roman COLLINS 3-4 (T); Allan de SAN MIGUEL 2-3 (D-HR-3RBI);
Mike WALKER 2-3 (2D-2RBI); Ronald ACUNA 1-2; Ryan DALE 1-4

PITCHING:

Chris OXSPRING (L,0-2)  4.2ip 7h 5r 4er 2bb 3k;
Ryoto YOSHIKOSHI  0.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Gyoung-Wan LIM  1.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Sven SCHULLER  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Stone GARRETT 2-4 (D); Jacob YOUNIS 2-4; Guy EDMONDS 1-4;
Malik COLLYMORE 1-4

SERIES STARS:  Consistent import Roman Collins added eight more hits for the Aces this weekend to take the honours from Mike Walker and Ronald Acuna who boasted six hits apiece. Star catcher Allan de San Miguel went deep in both of the last two games to give him a team high six RBIs for the home series. Stone Garrett was the one offensive highlight for Sydney with six hits while their next best was three.
Melbourne's starters Hamburger, Honda, Ruzic and Kennedy were all worthy of special mention, as was Blue Sox starter Trevor Foss who could consider himself quite unlucky in Game 1.

  18 DEC 2016 - ADELAIDE & BRISBANE SQUARE A TOUGH SERIES!

OVERVIEW:   BITE - 16R  29H  3E  v  BANDITS - 20R  35H  3E. Mainly due to their dominant two-hit shutout in Game 3 the visiting Brisbane Bandits owned the better overall statistics from this series at West Beach. In reality there was little to choose between these teams who, we suspect, will both be around the mark when this season gets to the pointy end.

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 1 - 16 DEC 2016 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

0 2 4 0 1 0 2 1 0 10 13 0

ADELAIDE

1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 6 8 1
REPORT:  There was only one defensive error committed in this game, but it proved to be a back-breaker for the Adelaide Bite and starting pitcher Steven Chambers who took the loss when four unearned runs crossed the plate in the top of the third to gift the Bandits a big 6-1 lead. Adelaide's speedy leadoff batter LeDarious Clark stole two of his three bags for the game to manufacture a run for the hosts in the bottom of the first. With a run scoring balk included, Brisbane hit back to score a brace in the top of the second before that disastrous error in the top of the next. The error came after a two out walk to put two aboard for former major leaguer Donald Lutz to whack a three run jack over left centre. Marcus Greene Jr. tried to get the Bite back into the contest with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth as they chipped away but couldn't bridge the gap as Brisbane also kept adding on. Mitch Nilsson added another long ball in the seventh while star import Kevin Padlo enjoyed a busy night at the plate with two doubles and a triple pushing his slugging percentage to .561. New American pitcher Jake Ezell recorded a win from his ABL debut thanks mainly to a strong offence that out-hit their hosts 13-8 at West Beach.

ADELAIDE BITE

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Steven CHAMBERS (L,1-2)  5.0ip 8h 7r 3er 2bb 5k;
Tyler CHAPPELL  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Matt WILLIAMS  2.0ip 4h 3r 3er 0bb 3k;
Nathan VanDerLINDEN  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Marcus GREENE JR 2-4 (HR-2RBI); TOM McGARRY 1-1 (RBI);
Mitch DENING 1-4 (2RBI); LeDarious CLARK 1-3;
Josh ALTMANN 1-4 (RBI); Stefan WELCH 1-4; Jordan McARDLE 1-4

PITCHING:

Justin ERASMUS  4.0ip 5h 3r 3er 2bb 6k;
Jake EZELL (W,1-0)  4.0ip 2h 2r 2er 2bb 2k;
Zac TREECE  1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Kevin PADLO 3-5 (2D-T-RBI); Donald LUTZ 3-5 (HR-3RBI);
Thomas MILONE 2-4 (RBI); Logan WADE 2-4;
Jake TURCATO 1-3 (RBI); Connor MacDONALD 1-3 (RBI);
Mitch NILSSON 1-5 (HR-2RBI)

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 2 - 17 DEC 2016 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

1 0 2 0 0 0 0     3 9 1

ADELAIDE

1 0 0 3 0 0 X     4 11 0
REPORT:  The Adelaide Bite emerged from a tough contest at Adelaide Shores today with the important "W" from what was a pretty tight affair. On the day of his 23rd birthday, Adelaide import LeDarious Clark finished a home run short of hitting for "the cycle" with a double and a triple featuring in his big three-hit game. His leadoff double in the bottom of the first led to cancelling out Brisbane's opening run in the top half of the stanza and it was Adelaide starter Taylor Hawkins who claimed the win over opposing starter Rick Teasley who was hit hard on this occasion. Brisbane stalwart Wade Dutton, who returned to ABL action for the first time since 2012, led off the top of the third with a single and he was one of two runs that scored on a two RBI single from Donald Lutz. However, it was the Bite who had the final word when they teed off on a struggling Teasley with a decisive rally in the bottom of the fourth. Marcus Greene Jr. set the ball rolling with a leadoff single and Jordan McArdle doubled before a couple of outs had the Bandits on the brink of preserving their lead. In stepped the birthday boy 'Red' Clark who ripped a RBI triple, then he scored on Jordan Cowan's RBI single. The one run lead they had snatched away proved to be enough as Arik Sikula grabbed a debut hold and Loek van Mil nailed down his second save of the season. All that was left was for LeDarious Clark to blow out the birthday cake candles after a terrific day on the diamond!

ADELAIDE BITE

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Taylor HAWKINS (W,2-1)  5.0ip 6h 3r 3er 0bb 1k;
Arik SIKULA (H,1)  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Loek van MIL (S,2)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

LeDarious CLARK 3-4 (D-T-RBI); Jordan McARDLE 2-2 (D);
Marcus GREENE JR 2-3; Stefan WELCH 1-2; Josh ALTMANN 1-3;
Mitch DENING 1-3; Jordan COWAN 1-4 (RBI);
Karl HOSCHKE 0-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Rick TEASLEY (L,1-3)  3.2ip 10h 4r 3er 0bb 4k;
Matt TIMMS  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Zac TREECE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Mitch NILSSON 2-3 (D-RBI); David SUTHERLAND 2-3;
Wade DUTTON 2-4 (D); Connor MacDONALD 1-3;
Donald LUTZ 1-3 (2RBI); Logan WADE 1-4

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 3 - 17 DEC 2016 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
REPORT:  Matching the Aces shutout in Melbourne tonight, the Brisbane Bandits dealt a barren evening to disappointed home fans at Adelaide Shores with a two-hit shutout. In fact, it wasn't until late in this game that the Bite recorded their first hit after being completely strangled by Daniel Nilsson and Jake Pannunzio who had them hitless through six innings. Young gun Jack O'Loughlin had also been most effective for the hosts with five solid frames, allowing just the single run in the top of the third after Aaron Whitefield's leadoff double. Only after Hei Chun Lee replaced O'Loughlin on the hill did the Bandits pad their lead with a pair of add-on runs in the top of the sixth.
This contest was all about the miserly pitching of Brisbane quartet Daniel Nilsson, who claimed his first win, Jake Pannunzio and Sam Holland who recorded holds, then Ryan Searle who notched his sixth save of the season. No joy for Bite fans here tonight.

ADELAIDE BITE

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Jake O'LOUGHLIN (L,2-1)  5.0ip 4h 1r 1er 1bb 5k;
Hei Chun LEE  0.2ip 2h 2r 1er 1bb 0k;
Greg MOSEL  3.1ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 5k

OFFENCE:

Mitch DENING 1-3; Marcus GREENE JR 1-4

PITCHING:

Daniel NILSSON (W,1-1)  5.0ip 0h 0r 0er 3bb 3k;
Jake PANNUNZIO (H,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Sam HOLLAND (H,1)  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Ryan SEARLE (S,6)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Donald LUTZ 2-4; Wade DUTTON 1-2; Mitch NILSSON 1-3;
David SUTHERLAND 1-4; Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-5 (D);
Logan WADE 1-5 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 4 - 18 DEC 2016 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 2

ADELAIDE

1 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 X 6 8 1
REPORT:  The travelling Bandits looked on course for a series win at West Beach when they led 4-1 early in this finale game but, unfortunately for them, their import starter Kramer Champlin was unable to preserve the lead while taking his second loss of the season. Brisbane was out in front in the first frame when Logan Wade lashed a RBI triple and later scored on Kevin Padlo's sacrifice fly. Mitch Dening clawed one back with a sac fly in the bottom of the first before Ryan Battaglia mashed a two run homer with two out in the top of the second.
Adelaide starter Nate Roe was able to settle in after that to give the Indy League hurler a win from his ABL debut. While he put a plug in the dam wall for the Bite they set about overturning the advantage with two runs in each of the third and fourth innings. Five different Adelaide players drove in a run in a balanced offensive output that earned them a split of the series spoils. Stalwart reliever Matt Willimas was brilliant with three scoreless innings in middle relief and Loek van Mil sealed the deal with his third save of the season.

ADELAIDE BITE

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Nathaniel ROE (W,1-0)  5.0ip 4h 4r 4er 1bb 2k;
Matt WILLIAMS (H,2)  3.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 4k;
Loek van MIL (S,3)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 2bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Jordan COWAN 2-4 (RBI); Bas NOOJI 1-2; Mitch DENING 1-2 (RBI);
Stefan WELCH 1-3 (D-RBI); LeDarious CLARK 1-3 (D-RBI);
Marcus GREENE JR 1-3 (RBI); Josh ALTMANN 1-4

PITCHING:

Kramer CHAMPLIN (L,1-2)  3.1ip 7h 5r 5er 1bb 0k;
Rhys NIIT  2.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Zac TREECE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 0h 1r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Aaron WHITEFIELD 2-3 (D); Ryan BATTAGLIA 1-3 (HR-2RBI);
Wade DUTTON 1-3; Logan WADE 1-4 (T-RBI);
Thomas MILONE 1-4; Kevin PADLO 0-3 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  Quality imports Marcus Greene Jr (6) and LeDarious Clark (5) were the most prolific hitters for Adelaide at home this weekend, while former major leaguer Donald Lutz demonstrated his class again with six hits and five RBIs to lead the Bandits. Daniel Nilsson took the bacon for pitching honours from this series by leading his bullpen to a superb two-hit shutout in Game 3.