AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
2017 SEASON - WEEK 6

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  1 JAN 2017 - MELBOURNE PREVAILS 3-1 OVER SOX AT BLACKTOWN!

OVERVIEW:   BLUE SOX - 17R  35H  7E  v  ACES - 16R  35H  6E. Somewhat surprisingly the Sydney Blue Sox boasted a slight edge in the series runs total despite the fact that Melbourne won three of the four games and appeared to be the dominant team for most of the time. A lop-sided scoreline in Game 2 certainly helped Sydney to equal the runs tally, while they also owned a 5-10 hits advantage in a losing Game 1.
As we noted once again the recently lamentable Aces now seem to find ways to win games in 2016/17 as a big positive for them.

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 1 - 29 DEC 2016 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 5 3

SYDNEY

1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 10 3
REPORT:  Struck out batters trudged back to the rival dugouts like a department store revolving door at a Boxing Day sale at Blacktown tonight. The travelling Melbourne Aces fanned 13 Blue Sox, while Sydney's staff punched out 11 Aces. Melbourne's former major league import Mark Hamburger continues to be a huge asset with eleven of those K's while recording his fourth win of the season, however, that win was by no means guaranteed after Sydney tied it up in the bottom of the sixth. Stone Garrett's third long ball of the season had the 'B-Sox' on top in the bottom of the first, but three defensive errors in the top of the next soon handed the lead back over to the Aces. Roman Collins drove in another to stake Melbourne to a 3-1 lead after five and, with Mark Hamburger dealing on the hill, it looked like it should be enough to take this series opener. Three successive Sydney singles to lead off the bottom of the sixth was an unusual event for Hamburger and they led to two game-tying runs that put the game back into the old melting pot. Blue Sox starter Trevor Foss was off the hook for the possible loss that he probably didn't deserve after a very good outing that yielded him eight strike out victims. The Aces manufactured a go-ahead run in the top of the ninth and they then handed the ball to major league reliever Peter Moylan to deliver the last rites. Making his first appearance of the season, big Pete gave the Aces some heart palpitations and, after he intentionally walked Trent D'Antonio with one out in the bottom of the last, the bases were loaded and Sydney was potentially one hit away from a big walkoff win. Unfortunately for the Blue Sox, Moylan was able to summon much of his experience and skill to strike out imports Collymore and Garrett who looked overmatched. Moylan delivered the save and another victory for Melbourne who are finding ways to win this season as a pleasant change from finding ways to lose.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Trevor FOSS  6.0ip 2h 3r 1er 4bb 8k;
Gyoung-Wan LIM  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Josh GUYER (L,1-1)  1.0ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Jacob YOUNIS 3-4; Tucker NEUHAUS 2-4; Michael CAMPBELL 2-4;
Trent D'ANTONIO 1-4; Stone GARRETT 1-5 (HR-RBI);
Malik COLLYMORE 1-5; Guy EDMONDS 0-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (W,4-0)  8.0ip 9h 3r 3er 0bb 11k;
Peter MOYLAN (S,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Liam BEDFORD 1-2; Ryan DALE 1-3 (RBI); Roman COLLINS 1-4 (RBI);
Wigberto NEVAREZ 1-4; Cody JONES 1-5 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 2 - 30 DEC 2016 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

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

SYDNEY

3 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 X 9 9 2
REPORT:  Melbourne may have rolled out their Ace at Blacktown tonight, but the home standing Blue Sox held most of the trump cards.
With twelve years of major league experience and over 300 big league appearances, including 91 wins, Jeremy Guthrie must be the most highly credentialed player ever to appear in or national baseball league, but he may have been suffering a bit of rust on this occasion because the Sydney hitters took an immediate liking to his pitching. A leadoff double, followed by back-to-back one out doubles, had Guthrie on the rack right from the start and the hosts were not about to let the Aces back into the contest. For all that though, it must be said that only two of the six runs allowed by Guthrie were earned and a couple of nasty errors made it tough for him as he took a loss on debut. It is also fair to say that, having thrown just six pitches in the All Star Game, he will be better for the outing and don't think that he won't make a mark on our league before this season ends. On the other side of the ledger, Sydney veteran Craig Anderson simply went about his business in typically effective style for his fourth win of this season as kept the Aces well under check. Sydney import Tucker Neuhaus came through with 3-4 that included a pair of doubles, while local star Trent D'Antonio also doubled twice. It was Sydney who owned bragging rights tonight.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON (W,4-1)  5.0ip 4h 1r 0er 1bb 3k;
Vaughan HARRIS  2.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k;
Todd GRATTAN  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Todd VAN STEENSEL  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

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

PITCHING:

Jeremy GUTHRIE (L,0-1)  4.0ip 6h 6r 2er 1bb 1k;
Matt WILSON  1.0ip 2h 2r 2er 2bb 1k;
Jeremy YOUNG  3.0ip 1h 1r 0er 2bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Brad HARMAN 1-1 (D); Ryan DALE 1-3 (D); Mike WALKER 1-3 (D);
Wigberto NEVAREZ 1-4; Jared CRUZ 1-4; Roman COLLINS 1-5;
Darryl GEORGE 1-5 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 3 - 31 DEC 2016 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 12 0

SYDNEY

1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 4 10 1
REPORT:  Tucker Neuhaus delivered a RBI double in the bottom of the first to have Sydney on top of Melbourne starter Dushan Ruzic early, but the big veteran was solid from there on to give his team a quality outing. National team stars Brad Harman and Allan de San Miguel supplied three runs for the Aces in the top of the third with Harman producing a RBI double and 'De San' coming through with a two out, two RBI double. Those three runs had Sydney starter Luke Wilkins in line for a loss before this contest flipped on its head in the late innings.
The Blue Sox pulled it back to 2-3 in the bottom of the sixth, then they rallied again against young Melbourne pro reliever Sam Street in the eighth. The Sox had runners at second and third with one out when Aces' manager John Deeble turned to major leaguer Peter Moylan to, hopefully, get him out of the jam. On this occasion Moylan copped a blown save when the in-form former pro Jacob Younis drove both those runners in to give the hosts a late 4-3 lead with just three outs to secure for the victory. Once again this resilient Melbourne team found a way back with a one out walk that sparked a three run rally and issued Sydney reliever Sven Schuller with a blown save and his third loss. Moylan cast aside his own blown save by closing out the bottom of the ninth for the win. It was a tough loss for home fans at Blacktown.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS  6.0ip 7h 3r 1er 2bb 3k;
Gyoung-Wan LIM  2.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Sven SCHULLER (BS,1)(L,0-3)  1.0ip 3h 3r 3er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jacob YOUNIS 2-4 (2RBI); Michael CAMPBELL 2-4 (RBI);
Stone GARRETT 2-4; Tucker NEUHAUS 2-5 (D-RBI);
Ryo NISHIMURA 1-3; Malik COLLYMORE 1-4

PITCHING:

Dushan RUZIC  5.2ip 5h 2r 2er 1bb 3k;
Josh TOLS (H,1)  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Sam STREET (H,1)  0.1ip 2h 2r 2er 0bb 0k;
Peter MOYLAN (BS,1)(W,1-0)  1.2ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Cody JONES 3-4; Mike WALKER 2-4 (D-RBI); Jarryd DALE 1-3;
Roman COLLINS 2-5 (RBI); Wigberto NEVAREZ 1-4 (D);
Liam BEDFORD 1-4; Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-5 (D-2RBI);
Brad HARMAN 1-5 (D-2RBI)

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 4 - 1 JAN 2017 - Blacktown

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

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

SYDNEY

0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
REPORT:  It was a Happy New Year for the Melbourne Aces who took away a 3-1 series win from Blacktown by winning this finale today.
For a while it didn't look likely for them when Sydney's Japanese starting pitcher Yuki Katayama was peeling off four hitless innings and totally mesmerising the Aces hitters with his breaking ball. He was given a 1-0 lead to work with when the 'B-Sox' scrambled a run in the bottom of the second and it seemed that it might hold up. That was until Melbourne had apparently seen enough of the debutant Katayama to get some heavy hits on him in the top of the fifth. Mike Walker and Allan de San Miguel both doubled to lead off the inning and four hits in the frame brought the Aces a sudden 3-1 lead. Dealing away for another impressive win was Melbourne lefty Jon Kennedy who doesn't need to get any taller, but he definitely seems to be growing in stature at national league level this season. He rolled on to the win before handing the pitching duties to Brandon Stenhouse for a hold and then to the experienced Virgil Vasquez who claimed a neat save with three scoreless innings at the end. It didn't end well for Yuki Katayama this afternoon, but he was fun to watch for four innings. Hats off to Kennedy.

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Yuki KATAYAMA (L,0-1)  5.0ip 4h 3r 3er 1bb 7k;
Aaron SOOKEE  2.0ip 4h 1r 1er 1bb 3k;
Josh GUYER  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Todd VAN STEENSEL  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

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

PITCHING:

Jon KENNEDY (W,2-1)  5.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 5k;
Brandon STENHOUSE (H,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Virgil VASQUEZ (S,1)  3.0ip 3h 0r 0er 0b 3k

OFFENCE:

Jared CRUZ 2-4 (RBI); Mike WALKER 2-4 (D); Liam BEDFORD 1-3;
Cody JONES 2-5 (2D-RBI); Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-3 (D-RBI);
Wigberto NEVAREZ 1-4; Roman COLLINS 1-4; Jarryd DALE 1-4

SERIES STARS:  Although the Melbourne Aces won this series quite decisively at Blacktown, it was Blue Sox duo Jacob Younis and Tucker Neuhaus who owned the offensive honours with eight hits apiece - Younis drove in a team best five RBIs while Neuhaus crunched four doubles. Imports Roman Collins and Cody Jones topped Melbourne's hit list with six as a balanced offence saw Allan de San Miguel top their RBI count with only three. Pitching wise, rival starters Mark Hamburger and Trevor Foss set the tone for a strong series for the men on the mound with great efforts in Game 1. Winning starters Craig Anderson for Sydney and Jon Kennedy for Melbourne were mighty achievers, as was the Aces Game 3 starter Dushan Ruzic, along with Virgil Vasquez right at the end of the series.

  31 DEC 2016 - BRISBANE TAKES DOUBLE TO SPLIT SERIES v BITE!

OVERVIEW:   BANDITS - 39R  54H  4E  v  BITE - 36R  48H  10E. As mentioned in our last report, it was somewhat astounding that these teams combined to tick past 100 hits over this four game series at Holloway. It just seemed to get tougher and tougher for the pitchers as the hits flowed like a raging torrent and Brisbane just got the better of the totals over a split series result. With six errors in Game 4 the Adelaide Bite would not be proud of committing double digit bloopers with exactly ten.

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 1 - 29 DEC 2016 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 8 9 1

BRISBANE

0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 10 1
REPORT:  Neither starting pitcher, Zac Treece or Max MacNabb, figured in the result at Holloway tonight after a contest that hung in the balance until the late innings when the visiting Bite romped away with the chockies. Adelaide bit first with one in the top of the second before the Bandits hit back with a pair in the home half after Kevin Padlo had laced a leadoff double. Adelaide import LeDarious Clark drove in an equaliser in the top of the fifth to signal the end for Brisbane's Zac Treece who started tonight after relieving so far this season.
Donald Lutz and David Rodriguez both doubled for Brisbane to put them back on top in the bottom of the sixth, but there was to be no success for them tonight when the back end of their bullpen, usually a big strength for them, imploded here tonight. Mitch Dening homered to plate two in the top of the eighth, then imports Clark and Cowan both "went yard" in the top of the ninth to send disconsolate home fans heading for the exit gates. It mattered little in the end that Brisbane out-hit Adelaide narrowly 10-9 when the Bite exploded with the late inning fireworks that ripped the result away from them. Matt Timms was saddled with the loss, while the resilient Matt Williams claimed his third win of the season and Loek van Mil posted his fourth save. New import David Rodriguez provided some joy for Brisbane by batting 3-4 with two doubles and two driven in for a most productive ABL debut. It was all smiles for the Adelaide contingent at the end tonight.

BRISBANE BANDITS

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Zac TREECE  5.0ip 4h 2r 1er 1bb 4k;
Ty'Relle HARRIS  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 0k;
Sam HOLLAND  1.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Matt TIMMS (BS,2)(L,0-2)  1.1ip 3h 5r 4er 1bb 1k;
James ALBURY  0.2ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

David RODRIGUEZ 3-4 (2D-2RBI); Kevin PADLO 2-3 (2D);
Mitch NILSSON 2-4; Donald LUTZ 1-4 (D); Logan WADE 1-5 (D);
Connor Mac DONALD 1-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Max MacNABB  5.1ip 7h 3r 3er 0bb 2k;
Matt WILLIAMS (W,3-1)  1.2ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Loek van MIL (S,4)  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Angus ROEGER 2-4 (D); LeDarious CLARK 2-5 (HR-4RBI);
Mitch DENING 2-5 (HR-2RBI); Jordan COWAN 2-5 (HR-RBI);
Jordan McARDLE 1-3; Marcus GREENE JR 0-4 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 2 - 30 DEC 2016 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

2 2 2 3 0 0 2 2 0 13 18 3

BRISBANE

0 0 1 3 1 3 0 0 2 10 11 2
REPORT:  It took just on three and a half hours for this "wild" slugfest to reach a rather tedious conclusion as Holloway Field looked more like a golf driving range tonight as balls bounced into the outfield grass with almost monotonous regularity. One thing that wasn't tedious was the incredible performance of former Sydney star Mitch Dening who blasted three long balls and six RBIs to almost carry the Adelaide Bite to another road victory tonight. This was simply not a game for pitchers as the Bite rattled up 18 hits, while the Bandits enjoyed eleven hits plus eight walks dished up by the opposing hurlers. Adelaide was on top of Brisbane starter Kramer Champlin right from the outset and they had the big man dragged after only two innings. When the Bite led 9-1 after the top of the fourth, it appeared that this was headed for a lop-sided outcome, but the runs kept flowing for both teams and Brisbane had fought back to trail just 8-9 after six completed to have the momentum shifting their way. Just when local fans may have been contemplating an exciting comeback win, Dening killed off those hopes with home runs in each of the next two innings as Brisbane reliever Ryhs Niit suffered a night to forget in a hurry.
Ten different batters had multi-hit games and their were no fewer than 14 extra base hits, yet none could hold a candle to Mitch Dening who was a one man wrecking crew. It was a far cry from the frugal pitching Brisbane relied upon to win the Championship last summer.

BRISBANE BANDITS

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Kramer CHAMPLIN (L,1-3)  2.0ip 8h 6r 4er 0bb 2k;
Simon MORRISS  3.0ip 3h 3r 3er 0bb 1k;
Ty'Relle HARRIS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 0k;
Rhys NIIT  2.0ip 7h 4r 4er 0bb 2k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Mitch NILSSON 2-4 (2D-3RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 2-4;
David SUTHERLAND 2-5 (D); Donald LUTZ 2-5 (D);
Kevin PADLO 1-3 (D-RBI); David RODRIGUEZ 1-4 (D-RBI);
Ryan BATTAGLIA 1-4 (HR-3RBI)

PITCHING:

Taylor HAWKINS  4.2ip 5h 5r 5er 3bb 2k;
Greg MOSEL (W,1-0)  2.1ip 4h 3r 3er 2bb 5k;
Matt WILLIAMS  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Christopher HORNE  0.1ip 0h 2r 1er 2bb 0k;
Loek van MIL  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Mitch DENING 5-5 (3HR-6RBI); Jordan McARDLE 3-5 (D);
LeDarious CLARK 2-4 (D-2RBI); Angus ROEGER 2-4;
Josh ALTMANN 2-5 (D-RBI); Jordan COWAN 2-5 (RBI);
Marcus GREENE JR 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Stefan WELCH 1-5 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 3 - 31 DEC 2016 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

0 2 0 1 4 0 3     10 13 0

BRISBANE

3 1 2 1 1 5 X     13 16 1
REPORT:  With 48 hits already from the first two games of this series, the cosy confines of Holloway Field were certainly cosy for the hitters this weekend and another 29 hits during this seven inning matinee game was almost ridiculous. In the end the hosting Bandits scored in all six of their batting innings to out-slug the travelling Bite for a 13-10 result in their favour. Seven times the baseball cleared the outfield fence with emerging tyro Aaron Whitefield hammering two of Brisbane's five for the afternoon. Seven Bandits also enjoyed at least two hits while Adelaide added another four to that tally. Once again there wasn't a whole lot to commend the pitchers, aside from Brisbane star Ryan Searle who erased a blown save by taking his first win of this season with a typically strong outing. This was batting practice folks!

BRISBANE BANDITS

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Justin ERASMUS  4.0ip 7h 3r 3er 1bb 2k;
Sam HOLLAND  0.1ip 3h 4r 2er 0bb 0k;
Ryan SEARLE (BS,1)(W,1-1)  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Rhys NIIT  1.0ip 2h 3r 3er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Donald LUTZ 3-3 (HR-2RBI); David SUTHERLAND 3-4 (D-HR-3RBI);
David RODRIGUEZ 2-4 (3RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 2-4 (2HR-2RBI);
Connor MacDONALD 2-4 (HR-2RBI); Logan WADE 2-4 (D);
Wade DUTTON 2-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Steven CHAMBERS  2.2ip 8h 6r 6er 2bb 3k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS (L,0-1)  2.0ip 4h 2r 2er 0bb 0k;
Matt WILLIAMS  0.2ip 3h 5r 5er 2bb 0k;
Christopher HORNE  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Stefan WELCH 3-4 (D-HR-2RBI); Marcus GREENE JR 2-3 (D-RBI);
Angus ROEGER 2-3 (RBI); Mitch DENING 2-4;
Jordan McARDLE 1-3 (HR-4RBI); Connar O'GORMA
N 1-3;
Josh ALTMANN 1-4 (D-RBI); LeDarious CLARK 1-5 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 4 - 31 DEC 2016 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

ADELAIDE

0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 8 6

BRISBANE

5 0 3 0 3 0 2 0 X 13 17 0
REPORT:  Well, if anyone thought that the repetitive sound of wood crushing leather might subside in the series finale tonight they would be very much mistaken because the home-standing Bandits rattled up another 17 hits from their eight batting innings... phew!
Aaron Whitefield, who homered twice this afternoon, kept it going with 4-5 that comprised a double and another dinger for three RBIs.
The visiting Adelaide Bite opened this series with two wins, yet it all fell apart today with 33 hits allowed by their pitchers and, wait for it, six defensive errors in this final game. We can't explain why 2016 star Rick Teasley didn't start in this series, however, he came to the fore tonight with 5.1 innings of high quality long middle relief that featured nine big punch outs. With all of that scoring the Bandits didn't really need a whole lot of pitching help, but they sure got some from Teasley. Can we quite believe that this series ticked over beyond one hundred hits with 102 from the four games as Brisbane fans certainly could not complain about the lack of action. No doubt the warm, clear conditions helped to make Holloway "play small" this weekend. It will cause some recurring nightmares for most of the pitchers involved!

BRISBANE BANDITS

ADELAIDE BITE

PITCHING:

Daniel MILSSON  2.2ip 3h 5r 5er 4bb 3k;
Rick TEASLEY (W,2-3)  5.1ip 5h 0r 0er 1bb 9k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Aaron WHITEFIELD 4-5 (D-HR-3RBI); Connor MacDONALD 3-4 (2RBI);
Thomas MILONE 2-5 (HR-2RBI); David RODRIGUEZ 2-5 (RBI);
Logan WADE 2-5 (D-RBI); Jacob NILSSON 1-1; Ryan BATTAGLIA 1-4;
Wade DUTTON 1-4 (RBI); Mitch NILSSON 1-4; Donald LUTZ 0-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Jack O'LOUGHLIN (L,2-2)  2.2ip 8h 8r 4er 1bb 1k;
Greg MOSEL  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Tyler CHAPPELL  2.0ip 6h 5r 1er 0bb 0k;
Nathan VanDerLINDEN  2.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Marcus GREENE JR 3-3 (RBI); Connar O'GORMAN 2-3 (HR-3RBI);
Stefan WELCH 1-3 (RBI); Jordan McARDLE 1-4;
LeDarious CLARK 1-5

SERIES STARS:  The ravenous feast of offence this weekend produced some gaudy batting statistics, but none bigger that Mitch Dening who gorged himself on seven hits with four homers and eight driven in. However, he was not that far ahead of import team mate LeDarious Clark who drove in seven runs from six hits for the Bite. Three other Bite players also enjoyed six hits for the series. Young gun Aaron Whitefield finished strong for the Bandits with eight hits that included three long balls and five RBIs. He would probably share the offensive honours for Brisbane with new team mate David Rodriguez who drove in seven from his eight safe hits. In a series that was brutal for the pitchers, Rick Teasley was excellent for Brisbane in Game 4, while their Game 1 starter Zac Treece did a very neat job also.

  31 DEC 2016 - PERTH & CANBERRA SHARE THE POINTS AT THORNLIE!

OVERVIEW:   HEAT - 18R  32H  2E  v  CAVALRY - 17R  33H  5E. The numbers prove that this series was every bit as tight as it looked with Canberra just shading both the hits and runs by just one. Neither team could complain about sharing the competition points aside from the fact that Perth really needed to gain some ground with a series win at home.

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 1 - 29 DEC 2016 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

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

PERTH

0 1 0 2 1 3 1 0 X 8 9 0
REPORT:  The Perth Heat have endured some uncustomary struggles for results so far this season, but they enjoyed the home cooking at Thornlie tonight with a decisive victory over their old rivals from Canberra. Tim Kennelly doubled and scored to put Perth ahead in the bottom of the second. Then he followed with a leadoff homer in the fourth, which his brother Matt matched in the same inning for a 3-0 lead. However, wayward starter Conor Lourey could not keep it there as David Kandilas drove in a couple for the Cavalry who closed to 2-3.
That proved to be as close as they could get when Luke Hughes doubled in a run in the bottom of the fifth and Joey Wong followed with a bases clearing triple in the sixth. Those add-on runs consigned Canberra starter Josh DeGraaf to the defeat, while Lex Rutledge gratefully accepted his second win of this season. New Perth Heat manager Matt Kennelly finished a triple shy of hitting for "the cycle" with a double and a homer among his mighty 3-4 effort that helped bring a very welcome series opening win for the hosts at Baseball Park.

PERTH HEAT

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Conor LOUREY  4.1ip 4h 2r 2er 5bb 5k;
Lex RUTLEDGE (W,2-1)  2.1ip 1h 0r 0er 2bb 2k;
Will DENNIS  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Cameron LAMB  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Matt KENNELLY 3-4 (D-HR-RBI); Tim KENNELLY 2-3 (D-HR-RBI);
Luke HUGHES 1-4 (D-RBI); Joey WONG 1-4 (T-3RBI);
Derek PETERSON 1-4; Jesse BARRON 1-5

PITCHING:

Josh DeGRAAF (L,2-2)  4.2ip 5h 4r 2er 2bb 3k;
Tyler HERR  1.0ip 3h 3r 3er 2bb 3k;
Tim ATHERTON  1.1ip 1h 1r 0er 0bb 1k;
A.J HOLLAND  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Josh ALMONTE 2-4 (2D); D.J DAVIS 1-3; River STEVENS 1-3;
David KANDILAS 1-4 (2RBI); Mike REEVES 1-4; Boss MOANAROA 1-4

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 2 - 30 DEC 2016 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 7 1

PERTH

3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 0
REPORT:  Canberra's Louis Cohen re-grouped after a wobbly start at Thornlie tonight to steer the Cavalry to a series levelling win. He just outlasted Perth's Tom Bailey who also had to recover from a similarly troublesome start that saw both teams score three runs in the opening stanza. A leadoff walk and a David Kandilas double set the tone for Canberra to post three in the top of the first, but a one out walk and double from Tim Kennelly returned serve with three in the bottom half. What initially looked like a high scoring affair soon turned quiet as the following five innings supplied nothing but "goose eggs" on the scoreboard and the nervous deadlock rolled on into the seventh inning. With Bailey approaching 100 pitches, the Cavalry pounced with back-to-back one out doubles from Robbie Perkins and Aaron Sayers delivering what proved to be the winning run in the top of the seventh. Journeyman American Cohen finished his night after the bottom of the seventh to grab a really meritorious win before Zech Lemond claimed a hold and Steve Kent nailed down his fifth save of the season.
Former Melbourne Aces pro infielder Aaron Sayers was the offensive player of the game with two doubles among his three hits.

PERTH HEAT

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Tom BAILEY (L,1-3)  6.2ip 6h 4r 4er 2bb 5k;
Benn GRICE  2.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Tim KENNELLY 2-4 (D-RBI); Brandon DALE 1-3 (RBI);
Derek PETERSON 1-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

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

OFFENCE:

Aaron SAYERS 3-4 (2D-RBI); David KANDILAS 2-4 (D-RBI);
Robbie PERKINS 1-4 (D); River STEVENS 1-4;
Boss MOANAROA 0-4 (RBI); Josh ALMONTE 0-4 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 3 - 31 DEC 2016 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

1 0 0 0 1 5 0     7 9 0

PERTH

0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 4 1
REPORT:  Cavalry pitchers Sean Guinard and Andrew Case combined to produce a terrific four-hit shutout in Perth today as Canberra took a 2-1 lead in this away series for them. Coming off seven superb scoreless innings last series, Guinard had to work hard this afternoon to keep the Heat off the board, but that he did before Case sealed the deal with two tidy frames. Perth starter Mike Lee struck out eight batters across his 5.1 innings, yet it was not enough to help him escape a fourth loss of the season so far. Mike Reeves got the score rolling for Canberra with his RBI double in the first and Robbie Perkins added a second run in the fifth with his long ball over right centre. That may have been enough in a seven inning contest, but the Cavalry got greedy in the top of the sixth to add-on five more, thanks mainly to Josh Almonte's three run blast over left field. Four hits wasn't nearly enough for the Heat today against some most effective pitching.

PERTH HEAT

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Michael LEE (L,0-4)  5.1ip 6h 4r 4er 0bb 8k;
Will DENNIS  0.0ip 1h 2r 2er 1bb 0k;
Scott MITCHINSON  0.2ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Adam MILLSON  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 1-2; Derek PETERSON 1-2; John RILEY 1-3;
Brandon DALE 1-3

PITCHING:

Sean GUINARD (W,2-1)  5.0ip 3h 0r 0er 4bb 6k;
Andrew CASE  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 6 - Game 4 - 31 DEC 2016 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

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

PERTH

0 3 0 2 0 1 0 1 X 7 15 1
REPORT:  The Perth Heat certainly needed to earn share of this home series tonight and they duly responded with a strong offensive performance that saw them score seven runs from 15 hits. Three of those remarkable Kennelly brothers combined to supply seven of those hits with manager Matt and eldest brother Tim boasting three hits each. Two runs in the top of the second had the Cavalry in front early but, when Sam Kennelly drove in a pair the game was tied in the home half of the inning and Joey Wong put the Heat ahead in the same inning. Tim Kennelly came through with two more RBIs in the bottom of the fourth to pretty much secure the victory with both teams exchanging scores over the last few frames. Perth starter Nick Veale gratefully collected his first win of the season ahead of debutant reliever Justin D'Alessandro claimed a hold and major leaguer Warwick Saupold locked down the save. Scott Cone was the losing pitcher of record for the Cavalry who could not contain the Heat in this series finale. The split seemed a fair result.

PERTH HEAT

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE (W,1-3)  5.0ip 5h 3r 3er 0bb 2k;
Justin D'ALESSANDRO (H,1)  2.0ip 3h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Warwick SAUPOLD (S,1)  2.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

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

PITCHING:

Scott CONE (L,0-2)  3.0ip 8h 3r 3er 0bb 0k;
Jackson LOWERY  0.2ip 0h 2r 2er 3bb 2k;
Tyler HERR  2.1ip 4h 1r 1er 0bb 2k;
Time ATHERTON  2.0ip 3h 1r 1er 2bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Boss MOANAROA 3-4 (D-HR-RBI); Kyle PERKINS 3-4 (D-RBI);
Josh ALMONTE 2-4 (D); D.J DAVIS 1-3; Aaron SAYERS 1-4;
Scott KELLY 0-4 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  With three hits each in Game 4, Kennelly brothers Tim and Matt led the way in this series for the Heat with seven and six hits respectively - Tim led for run production with five RBIs. Almonte, Moanaroa and Kandilas were the leading hitters with five for the Cavs and Almonte's four RBIs was a team high. Sean Guinard and Andrew Case took the pitching award for their combined shutout in Game 3.