AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
2017 SEASON - WEEK 7

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  8 JAN 2017 - HIGH ROLLING ACES PREVAIL 3-1 OVER BANDITS!

OVERVIEW:   ACES - 18R  36H  8E  v  BANDITS - 26R  48H  2E. OK, there is nowhere else to start this overview other than mentioning the almost ridiculous 19 runs on 21 hits plundered by the Bandits in Game 3 when Melbourne raised the flag with the white cross on the white background. Those massive numbers obviously slanted the series totals that heavily favoured Brisbane in a losing series. Melbourne's pitching was strong enough on this occasion to overcome eight errors for the series which was uncharacteristic for them this season.

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 1 - 5 JAN 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 12 0

MELBOURNE

1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 4 9 2
REPORT:  To continue its amazing reversal of fortunes this season under national team manager Jon Deeble, the Melbourne Aces once again found a way to win a game that looked headed in the opposite direction. The defending Champion Bandits climbed all over Aces' No.1 starter Mark Hamburger in the top of the first when four successive singles and a botched pickoff attempt, all with none out, had him reeling on the ropes. However, the former major leaguer was able to re-group splendidly to take the ball through eight innings for a monster 13 strike outs. It was his fifth straight start that saw him post double-digit punch outs in a remarkable performance by the flamboyant American who is rapidly becoming a cult hero for the Aces. With another run scored via an error in the top of the third, Brisbane led handily 3-1 in spite of Hamburger's heroics and Melbourne was finding it tough to enjoy any traction against Zac Treece who replaced Jake Ezell after two innings. Finally the Aces rallied in the bottom of the sixth when Allan de San Miguel and Brad Harman led off the inning with singles and both were driven in by Matthew Zablan to tie the contest. Hamburger missed out on another win when the game remained tied into the last inning and Peter Moylan took over for the top of the ninth with a blank inning that began nervously with a pair of leadoff singles. Melbourne received an immediate benefit from activating Australia's most recent new major leaguer, James Beresford, who got aboard with a one out single in the bottom of the ninth and he scored the walkoff winner when Mike Walker delivered a RBI single. A second win for this season fell into the lap of Moylan, while Ryan Searle was dealt the defeat. Spare a thought for rising Brisbane star Aaron Whitefield who batted 3-5 in a losing cause tonight to take his season average to a terrific .344. The resilient Melbourne Aces simply roll on!

MELBOURNE ACES

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER  8.0ip 10h 3r 3er 1bb 13k;
Peter MOYLAN (W,2-0)  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Roman COLLINS 2-4; Brad HARMAN 1-2; Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-3;
Matthew ZABLAN 1-2 (2RBI); Liam BEDFORD 1-3 (D);
James BERESFORD 1-4; Cody JONES 1-5 (D); Mike WALKER 1-5 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Jake EZELL  2.0ip 3h 1r 1er 3bb 3k;
Zac TREECE  5.0ip 4h 2r 2er 2bb 6k;
Justin ERASMUS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Ryan SEARLE (L,1-2)  0.1ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Aaron WHITEFIELD 3-5; Kevin PADLO 2-5 (D); Logan WADE 2-5;
Trent OELTJEN 1-2 (RBI); David RODRIGUEZ 1-4;
Wade DUTTON 1-4; David SUTHERLAND 1-4; Donald LUTZ 1-5 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 2 - 6 JAN 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

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

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 X 5 9 3
REPORT:  For a while here tonight at Melbourne Ballpark, it looked like the opposing starting pitchers were going to rip through this game in world record time. Melbourne's major league import Jeremy Guthrie, who collected a World Series ring with the Kansas City Royals at the end of 2015, had breezed through five scoreless innings like a man in a hurry and Brisbane's Rick Teasley paced him in equally dominant fashion other than one run allowed in the bottom of the fourth. Melbourne's major leaguer James Beresford lashed a leadoff double in that inning and he later scored the pipe opener on Mike Walker's ground out. Guthrie made that lonely run hold up until the top of the sixth when a successful leadoff bunt and a stolen base by Aaron Whitefield allowed him to score the levelling run on a defensive error. Both starters departed after six innings and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the offences enjoyed some welcome relief. Brisbane went ahead courtesy of another error by the Aces in the top of the seventh but, once again, these 2016/17 Aces had plenty of fight left in them. Star catcher Allan de San Miguel lit the blowtorch on Bandits' reliever Sam Holland with a leadoff single and a couple of wild pitches didn't help him as the Aces plated two to deal him a blown save and the loss. Mike Walker gave Melbourne some insurance with his two-run "jack" in the bottom of the eighth and, although Virgil Vasquez allowed one run to leak away on back-to-back doubles in the top of the ninth, he completed the save. Former Adelaide star Josh Tols was the man to pocket the win for the Melbourne Aces who have proven themselves a tough unit this season.
The team that finished 16.5 games out of first place at the end of last season is currently 6.5 games clear on top... go figure!

MELBOURNE ACES

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Jeremy GUTHRIE  6.0ip 4h 1r 0er 1bb 6k;
Sam STREET  0.2ip 1h 1r 0er 2bb 1k;
Josh TOLS (W,2-1)  1.1ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Virgil VASQUEZ (S,2)  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Jared CRUZ 2-3 (D-RBI); Matthew ZABLAN 2-4; Brad HARMAN 1-3;
Cody JONES 1-3; Mike WALKER 1-4 (HR-3RBI);
James BERESFORD 1-4 (D); Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-4

PITCHING:

Rick TEASLEY  6.0ip 4h 1r 1er 0bb 5k;
Sam HOLLAND (BS,2)(L,1-2)  1.0ip 3h 2r 2er 2bb 0k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 2h 2r 2er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Aaron WHITEFIELD 2-5 (D-RBI); Andrew CAMPBELL 1-2 (D);
David SUTHERLAND 1-2 (D); Connor MacDONALD 1-3;
Kevin PADLO 1-3; David RODRIGUEZ 1-4; Donald LUTZ 1-5

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 3 - 7 JAN 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

0 2 2 0 0 11 3 0 1 19 21 1

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 4 6 2
REPORT:  Once upon a time the old Altona Stadium, back in the glory days of the original ABL competition, was a graveyard for players who sought to hit the long ball and the much deeper outfield configuration was a place where many baseballs went to die! However, on a hot, steamy, night the modern Melbourne Ballpark played like a bandbox for the visiting Brisbane Bandits who gorged themselves on six home runs. We have no information to explain why Dushan Ruzic did not make this scheduled start for Melbourne, or how much this may have affected the preparation of starter big Jon Kennedy, but the Bandits certainly took a heavy toll on the Aces pitching staff tonight. If it was some pent up frustration for having lost all six previous games to Melbourne so far this season, then the defending Champs definitely gained some manner of revenge here. Trent Oeltjen and David Rodriguez homered twice each, to be joined by Donald Lutz and Logan Wade who also went deep. Kennedy allowed four runs, three earned, to take the loss, yet he had the game under relative control compared with the mayhem that followed after he was given the hook. ELEVEN runs in the top of the sixth was a rare sight on the scorecard and one that would make Aces fans wince. While the Bandits offence went on the rampage, recent major leaguer Ryan Rowland-Smith made his first start for the season and the almost 34yo New South Welshman looked solid enough. Pitching wise, new Brisbane import Ty'Relle Harris really shone with 3.2 innings of impressive work for the win, including six strike outs. Yes, we know, it is only one game in a very good season for the Melbourne Aces so far, but pessimistic fans could be excused for dreading a return to nightmares of recent seasons past!

MELBOURNE ACES

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Jon KENNEDY (L,2-2)  5.0ip 6h 4r 3er 0bb 5k;
Brandon STENHOUSE  0.0ip 3h 4r 4er 1bb 0k;
Matt WILSON  0.2ip 3h 6r 6er 2bb 0k;
Jeremy YOUNG  3.1ip 9h 5r 5er 1bb 5k

OFFENCE:

Jared CRUZ 3-3 (D-2RBI); Wigberto NEVAREZ 1-2 (D);
Roman COLLINS 1-3; Cody JONES 1-4

PITCHING:

Ryan ROWLAND-SMITH  4.0ip 1h 0r 0er 3bb 3k;
Ty'Relle HARRIS (W,1-0)  3.2ip 3h 1r 0er 1bb 6k;
Rhys NIIT  1.1ip 2h 3r 0er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Connor MacDONALD 5-6 (D-2RBI); Wade DUTTON 3-4 (3RBI);
David RODRIGUEZ 3-5 (2HR-3RBI); Donald LUTZ 2-4 (HR-3RBI);
Trent OELTJEN 2-6 (2HR-2RBI); Thomas MILONE 2-4 (2D);
Logan WADE 2-6 (D-HR-4RBI); David SUTHERLAND 1-4 (D-2RBI);
Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-6

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 4 - 8 JAN 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 1

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 X 5 12 1
REPORT:  The way they have been playing for most of this season, the league leading Melbourne Aces would be entitled to suggest that "normal service was restored" today after an absolute howler last night. Melbourne's pitching, that was pummelled unmercifully last night, rebounded in more typical fashion with a strong performance that allowed Brisbane just the one belated run in the top of the eighth.
Maturing young pros Dan McGrath and Sam Gibbons returned to action to work two scoreless innings each before handing the game over to the seasoned trio of Ruzic, Tols and Moylan who didn't offer Brisbane much of a chance to rally back. Bandits' stalwart Justin Erasmus was solid through four scoreless frames before the Aces broke through in the bottom of the fifth. Brad Harman's leadoff double led to the opening run on a sacrifice fly, ahead of a RBI single from new major leaguer James Beresford. Mike Walker doubled to lead off the next and he scored on a Jared Cruz two out RBI single. Liam Bedford singled and Cody Jones doubled to greet Ryan Searle in the bottom of the seventh and both scored to give Melbourne a decisive 5-0 lead. Dushan Ruzic earned his third win of the season in middle relief as the Aces took the series.
You could have got very long odds about the chances of Melbourne taking seven of eight games from the Champions earlier this year!

MELBOURNE ACES

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Daniel McGRATH  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 3bb 0k;
Sam GIBBONS  2.0ip 3h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Dushan RUZIC (W,3-1)  3.0ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Josh TOLS  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Peter MOYLAN  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

James BERESFORD 2-4 (RBI); Roman COLLINS 2-4 (D-RBI);
Jared CRUZ 2-4 (RBI); Mike WALKER 2-4 (D); Brad HARMAN 1-3 (D);
Wigberto NEVAREZ 1-3 (RBI); Cody JONES 1-4 (D-RBI);
Liam BEDFORD 1-4

PITCHING:

Justin ERASMUS (L,1-1)  4.1ip 5h 2r 1er 1bb 2k;
Zac TREECE  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Sam HOLLAND  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 1k;
Ryan SEARLE  1.0ip 4h 2r 2er 0bb 2k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Logan WADE 2-3 (RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 2-4 (D);
Wade DUTTON 1-1 (D); David SUTHERLAND 1-3;
David RODRIGUEZ 1-4

SERIES STARS:  Former professional Jared Cruz is coming on strong lately and he led the Aces offence with seven hits plus four RBIs - Mike Walker also enjoyed four RBIs. Emerging star Aaron Whitefield continues to shine brightly for the Bandits with a team best eight hits, while former pro Logan Wade led the run producers with five. David Rodriguez and Trent Oeltjen both homered twice during their Game 3 slufest. Melbourne's Game 1 starter Mark Hamburger was again outstanding with 13 punch outs, even though he didn't claim the win. Rival Game 2 starters Jeremy Guthrie and Rick Teasley were also terrific with the ball, as was Melbourne closer Pete Moylan.

  7 JAN 2017 - PERTH TAKES BIG HOME SERIES 3-1 v SYDNEY!

OVERVIEW:   HEAT - 25R  40H  6E  v  BLUE SOX - 24R  34H  13E. Although there wasn't much of a gap in the scoring from this winning series for Perth, there is no escaping the total of 13 errors committed by the Blue Sox over the four games. It is not the first time that we have reported a high error count that seems to haunt Sydney at times and who knows how much it cost them here. I'd say plenty!

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 1 - 5 JAN 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 3

PERTH

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
REPORT:  We're reluctant to roll with the rather obvious 'Foss's Posse', but it was import starter Trevor Foss who led the way for Josh Guyer, Sven Schuller and Todd Van Steensel to smother the Perth Heat with a combined shutout at Thornlie tonight. In fact, there was some very tidy pitching from both teams with the Blue Sox and Heat managing to total just six hits apiece. Unfortunately for Perth three runs allowed by their starter Connor Lourey in the first two frames were enough to consign him to the loss before the rival pitchers took over to put up zeroes from that point forward. Career catcher Jake Bowey produced a quality display of middle relief pitching for Perth with three scoreless innings that saw him strike out five, but it was all a little too late for his ballclub. A pair of walks to begin the game enabled Sydney to score one run in the first, then another one out walk issued by Lourey hurt him again in the second. Guy Edmonds followed that walk with a RBI double and Trent D'Antonio drove him in for the 3-0 lead that was to be the final score. Let's give the lion's share of the credit to Sydney starter Trevor Foss who fanned seven hitters through six innings to grab his second win of the season in fine style tonight.

PERTH HEAT

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Conor LOUREY (L,1-2)  4.0ip 4h 3r 1er 3bb 5k;
Jake BOWEY  3.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 5k;
Will DENNIS  2.0ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 2-4 (D); Sam KENNELLY 1-2; Jordan DYER 1-4;
Derek PETERSON 1-4 (D); Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-4

PITCHING:

Trevor FOSS (W,2-2)  6.0ip 5h 0r 0er 1bb 7k;
Josh GUYER (H,2)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 0k;
Sven SCHULLER (H,1)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Todd VAN STEENSEL (S,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Trent D'ANTONIO 2-3; Ryo NISHIMURA 1-3;
Guy EDMONDS 1-4 (D-RBI); Tucker NEUHAUS 1-4 (RBI);
Michael CAMPBELL 1-4

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 2 - 6 JAN 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 8 3

PERTH

0 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 2 8 10 1
REPORT:  In their halcyon days, that were not too long ago, it was not unusual for the Perth Heat to mount terrific comeback wins in ABL competition, yet few of them would have been more remarkable than this one at Thornlie tonight. Perth starter Tom Bailey couldn't calibrate his radar in the top of the second inning and four horrible walks helped the visiting Blue Sox to have four runs on the board before Stone Garrett delivered a massive sucker punch with his three-run "Johnson" over left field. Sure, it was early in the game, but a 0-7 hole is one that is rarely overcome at this level of baseball and Sydney fans were entitled to feel quite comfortable.
As we all know, comebacks of this type always start with the need to stop the bleeding and this is what Bailey did, along with Perth's winning reliever Benn Grice who was extremely effective when the game was on the line at the end. Bailey, quite remarkably, fought back from that early battering to take the ball into the sixth inning with no further damage and he struck out six along the way.
Importantly for the Heat, they closed the gap fairly quickly with four in the bottom of the third when Ulrich Bojarski led off the inning with a double and the major league bat of Luke Hughes capped the revival with a three run blast over left.
Perth then clawed back to 6-7 in the bottom of the sixth when Bojarski got them going again before Sam Kennelly and Jordan Dyer both supplied important RBIs. With Benn Grice ensuring that Sydney could not score any more, Perth had one final frame to overturn a 6-7 deficit and, sadly for Sydney, a couple of defensive mishaps allowed that to happen right at the bitter end.
No doubt it was an agonising loss for Sydney, but credit where it's due to the Heat who didn't let those seven early runs dampen their spirit.

PERTH HEAT

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Tom BAILEY  5.1ip 8h 7r 2er 5bb 6k;
Benn GRICE (W,2-0)  3.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

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

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON  5.0ip 5h 4r 4er 3bb 4k;
Yuki KATAYAMA (H,1)  1.0ip 3h 2r 2er 1bb 1k;
Vaughan HARRIS (H,1)  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 4k;
Todd VAN STEENSEL (BS,1)(L,0-1)  0.1ip 2h 2r 1er 2bb 0k

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 3 - 7 JAN 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 8 12 3

PERTH

0 4 1 1 0 0 4 0 X 10 14 2
REPORT:  Perth's Michael Lee has finally broken his "duck" with his first win of the 2017 ABL season, but it took a solid dose of run support for this to happen after he appeared in line for a fifth loss. Another very shaky start by Lee allowed the 'B-Sox' to strike early for three in the first and two in the second via six safe hits that staked them to a 5-0 lead. Thankfully for them, the Heat was able to mount similar pressure on Sydney starter Luke Wilkins with five hits in the bottom of the second that pulled back four runs in a hurry. From there Perth got right on top of the Blue Sox pitching staff with six more runs over the ensuing five frames that secured the victory. Kennelly brothers Matt and Sam supplied six of Perth's 14 safe hits with three apiece as major contributors once again from the same family. Lex Rutledge grabbed a hold and Warwick Saupold nailed the save, even though Sydney made some belated scoring noise near the end. Tucker Neuhaus enjoyed three hits for the visitors, yet he would have enjoyed them more if they had brought a win for his ballclub... not tonight!

PERTH HEAT

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Michael LEE (W,1-4)  6.0ip 9h 5r 5er 2bb 5k;
Lex RUTLEDGE (H,1)  2.0ip 1h 2r 0er 0bb 0k;
Warwick SAUPOLD (S,2)  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Sam KENNELLY 3-4 (3RBI); Matt KENNELLY 3-4;
Derek PETERSON 2-3; John RILEY 2-5 (2RBI); Jordan DYER 2-5 (RBI);
Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-3; Joey WONG 1-5 (D-RBI)

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS  3.0ip 10h 5r 5er 0bb 1k;
Todd GRATTAN (L,0-1)  3.1ip 4h 5r 2er 2bb 4k;
Yuki KATAYAMA  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Aaron SOOKEE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Tucker NEUHAUS 3-4 (2RBI); Guy EDMONDS 2-5 (D);
Joshua DEAN 2-5 (RBI); Ryo NISHIMURA 1-3 (RBI);
Trent D'ANTONIO 1-4 (D); Malik COLLYMORE 1-4 (RBI);
Stone GARRETT 1-5 (RBI); Joshua STRONG 1-5;
Jacob YOUNIS 0-4 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 4 - 8 JAN 2017 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 6 8 4

PERTH

0 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 7 10 1
REPORT:  It was getting pretty late over here on the eastern seaboard by the time that this game in Perth finally reached its conclusion, yet it was compelling viewing for any baseball fan who enjoyed the live stream. The Perth Heat and Sydney Blue Sox punched and counter-punched over eleven long innings as the momentum shifted throughout. Perth starter Nick Veale struck out seven over five innings before his chance of taking the win disappeared in the top of the sixth when Sydney tied it up again. Former major leaguer Chris Oxspring took the hill for Sydney and he also completed five innings to depart with a 2-4 deficit at the time. The 39yo stalwart didn't look particularly sharp, yet he still had the savvy to work his way out of several tough spots this evening. If we fast forward to the eighth inning that arrived with the game deadlocked at 4-4, the drama was still yet to unfold. Catcher Matt Dixon led off the bottom of the eighth with a single, enabling him to score on Joey Wong's RBI double, then some untidy stuff from Sydney reliever Josh Guyer allowed Luke Hughes to drive in another with his sacrifice fly. Perth fans were in a buoyant mood with a 6-4 lead heading in to the top of the ninth as recent major leaguer Warwick Saupold was ready to close out the victory. Saupold rolled two quick ground ball outs, but there was another sting in the tail, or is that tale?
Malik Collymore singled then Baseball Park rapidly fell eerily silent when Stone Garrett hammered his fifth home run of the season over left centre to tie the game, just when the Heat was one out away from shaking hands.
A scoreless tenth saw those international tie-breaker rules come into play with runners placed on first and second to begin the inning. The Blue Sox failed to take advantage of a botched pickoff attempt by Jake Bowey who held his nerve admirably to post a huge zero in the top of the eleventh. Perhaps unfortunately, the game ended with a hint of anticlimax when two nervous errors by Sydney gifted Perth the winning run in the bottom of the same frame as delighted Heat players chased around the outfield grass. It was a heck of a ballgame at Thornlie!

PERTH HEAT

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE  5.0ip 5h 4r 4er 3bb 7k;
Justin D'ALESSANDRO (BS,1)  3.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Warwick SAUPOLD (BS,1)  1.0ip 2h 2r 2er 0bb 0k;
Cameron LAMB  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Jake BOWEY (W,1-0)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Tim KENNELLY 3-5 (2D-RBI); John RILEY 2-4 (RBI); Matt DIXON 1-4;
Derek PETERSON 1-3 (RBI); Joey WONG 1-4 (D-RBI);
Luke HUGHES 1-5 (D-RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-5 (D-RBI)

PITCHING:

Chris OXSPRING  5.0ip 7h 4r 4er 3bb 4k;
Vaughan HARRIS  2.1ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k;
Josh GUYER  0.2ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Aaron SOOKEE (L,0-3)  2.0ip 0h 1r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Malik COLLYMORE 2-4; Guy EDMONDS 2-5 (2RBI);
Trent D'ANTONIO 2-6 (D-RBI); Stone GARRETT 1-5 (HR-2RBI);
Tucker NEUHAUS 1-5 (D)

SERIES STARS:  For Perth a balanced offence saw three players each have five hits (Tim Kennelly, Peterson and Bojarski), while five others nailed four hits for this series. Sam Kennelly topped the Heat with four RBIs. Stalwart Trent D'Antonio enjoyed seven hits for the 'B-Sox', just ahead of Guy Edmonds who boasted six and Tucker Neuhaus with five. Import Stone Garrett gave Sydneys some thrills with his two home runs that were the bulk of his six RBIs. Sydney's Game 1 starter Trevor Foss was by far the pitching star of this series by doing the heavy lifting in a shutout that gave his team the one win they recorded in this away series.

  8 JAN 2017 - CANBERRA TAKES 3-1 RESULT AWAY FROM ADELAIDE!

OVERVIEW:   BITE - 14R  28H  4E  v  CAVALRY - 19R  39H  4E. As we would expect the Canberra Cavalry verified their 3-1 advantage over this away series by owning the better totals for both hits and runs scored. Scoring was certainly at a premium at West Beach this weekend.

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 1 - 6 JAN 2017 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

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

ADELAIDE

4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 X 8 9 0
REPORT:  Born after the turn of this century (can you believe that?) 16yo Adelaide starter Jack O'Loughlin earned his third win of his debut ABL season tonight at West Beach. The poised youngster belied his years with a polished display of control pitching when he allowed only two runs through six quality innings. O'Loughlin handed the ball to experienced elder statesman Matt Williams who finished the contract for the Bite with an important home victory. Canberra went ahead in the top of the first via Mike Reeves' RBI single, but the Bite were quickly in control with a reply of four runs in the home half of the first. A pair of one out walks issued by Cavalry starter Josh DeGraaf allowed local favourite Stefan Welch to deliver the big blow of the inning with his two RBI double. Reeves drove in another run for Canberra to trim the gap in the top of the sixth, but again Adelaide responded with interest to plate another four in the bottom of the seventh. Eight Adelaide batters visited the plate during a long and untidy stanza that saw the hard-hitting Angus Roeger drive in a couple from his second double of the night. D.J Davis showed some defiance with a belated solo homer in the top of the eighth, yet the horse had well and truly bolted.
At 16 years of age and standing at 196cm, we can only wonder what kind of pitcher Jack O'Loughlin will be when he grows up!!

ADELAIDE BITE

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Jack O'LOUGHLIN (W,3-2)  6.0ip 7h 2r 2er 1bb 1k;
Matt WILLIAMS (H,3)  2.0ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Angus ROEGER 2-4 (2D-2RBI); Mitch DENING 2-4 (D-RBI);
Marcus GREENE JR 2-4 (RBI); Jordan COWAN 1-3;
Stefan WELCH 1-4 (D-RBI); Josh ALTMANN 1-4;
Jordan McARDLE 0-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Josh DeGrAAF (L,2-3)  4.0ip 4h 4r 2er 3bb 3k;
A.J HOLLAND  2.0ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 2k;
Andrew CASE  0.1ip 3h 3r 3er 0bb 0k;
Jackson LOWERY  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

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

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 2 - 7 JAN 2017 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

0 1 0 0 0 2 2     5 11 0

ADELAIDE

1 1 0 0 0 0 0     2 7 1
REPORT:  The Adelaide Bite had the scoreboard ticking over early on this double header day at Adelaide Shores, but it was the travelling Cavalry who got going late to take the positive result. With the thermometer touching the old 100 Fahrenheit, a leadoff walk and a Jordan Cowan double setup Mitch Dening's sacrifice fly to open the scoring in the bottom of the first. Three singles in the top of the next concluded with D.J Davis driving in the equalising run before Adelaide was back on top 2-1 thanks to Karl Hoschke's solo homer. The action slowed after that with Canberra starter Sean Guinard settling in nicely for his third successive win and Zech Lemond taking his second save as they kept the Bite off the board through the last five innings. Boss Moanaroa led off the top of the sixth with a single ahead of some base stealing magic from Josh Almonte that saw him swipe second and third to eventually score the tying run. D.J Davis then delivered his second RBI for the afternoon to put the Cavs ahead for the first time. Aaron Sloan and Josh Almonte both doubled in runs in the top of the seventh to pad the victory margin. Giant import Loek van Mil was on the hook for the blown save and the loss as Canberra levelled the series.

ADELAIDE BITE

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Zach COOPER  5.0ip 7h 2r 1er 2bb 4k;
Loek van MIL (BS,1)(L,0-2)  1.0ip 1h 1r 0er 1bb 1k;
Hei Chun LEE  0.1ip 2h 2r 2er 0bb 1k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jordan McARDLE 2-2 (D); Stefan WELCH 2-4 (D);
Karl HOSCHKE 1-3 (HR-RBI); Jordan COWAN 1-4 (D);
Josh ALTMANN 1-4 (D); Mitch DENING 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Sean GUINARD (W,3-1)  5.0ip 5h 2r 2er 2bb 4k;
Zech LEMOND (S,2)  2.0ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

D.J DAVIS 2-3 (2RBI); River STEVENS 2-3 (D); Aaron SAYERS 2-4 (D);
Aaron SLOAN 1-1 (D-RBI); Scott KELLY 1-3; Boss MOANAROA 1-3;
Josh ALMONTE 1-4 (D-RBI); Robbie PERKINS 1-4

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 3 - 7 JAN 2017 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 9 0

ADELAIDE

1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
REPORT:  Canberra starter Louis Cohen got just the better of his Adelaide counterpart Steven Chambers with a narrow win that gave them both games on a blistering double header day in Adelaide. Josh Altmann's RBI in the bottom of the first had the Bite in front until the top of the third when the Cavs responded with three big runs. A leadoff walk and three neat singles were enough to plate those three for the Cavalry, only to see the scores tied up again in the home half of the third. Jordan Cowan ripped a RBI double and Stefan Welch drove him in as the hosts bounced back. The decisive moment came in the top of the fifth when River Stevens led off the inning with a triple into deep right field and David Kandilas followed with a RBI single. Kandilas later came home on a wild pitch and that was all the scoring Canberra needed to hold out for the 5-3 win. Cohen took the win, Tim Atherton recorded his third hold and Steve Kent closed out his sixth save. Steve Chambers took his third loss of the 2017 season as not a lot has gone his way this campaign. Adelaide will look to level this series tomorrow.

ADELAIDE BITE

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Steven CHAMBERS (L,1-3)  4.0ip 8h 5r 5er 1bb 3k;
James SNELGROVE  2.1ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k;
Tyler CHAPPELL  2.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Josh ALTMANN 1-2 (RBI); Jordan COWAN 1-3 (D-RBI);
Marcus GREENE JR 1-1; Mitch DENING 1-3;
Stefan WELCH 1-4 (RBI); Nathan VanDerLINDEN 1-3

PITCHING:

Louis COHEN (W,2-0)  6.0ip 4h 3r 3er 3bb 3k;
Tim ATHERTON (H,3)  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 3k;
Steve KENT (S,6)  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

David KANDILAS 3-5 (RBI); River STEVENS 2-4 (T-RBI);
Scott KELLY 2-4; Josh ALMONTE 1-4 (RBI); Aaron SAYERS 1-4 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 7 - Game 4 - 8 JAN 2017 - Adelaide Shores, West Beach

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
REPORT:  Canberra's pitching strangled the Bite bats this afternoon at West Beach, allowing them only one run from six hits with not a single extra base hit to their name. Starter Scott Cone set the pattern until he hit 75 pitches, handing a win over to Tyler Herr who walked a few, but he still kept the bats very quiet and he didn't allow any momentum to build. While their hosts scored just the one run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth, the Cavalry did enough scoring to ensure the important 3-1 series result against their nearest opponents on the ABL table. Canberra were first to score in the top of the third when a one out single and a hit batter gave them the opportunity to ramp up the pressure with a double steal before scoring on a throwing error. A pair of none out singles and a sac bunt plated another one via a sac fly in the top of the fifth before the contest was really broken open in the top of the sixth. A error put the leadoff batter aboard and the rot then set in with a popped up infield single. Wily Matt Williams replaced Adelaide starter Sean Callegari, but it simply wasn't his day today. Robbie Perkins and River Stevens both delivered two RBI doubles as four runs killed off the local hopes in a hurry. Andrew Case and Jackson Lowery sealed the deal for the Cavalry in late relief to add some shine to a strong all-round pitching performance by the visitors.

ADELAIDE BITE

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Sean CALLEGARI (L,0-2)  5.1ip 8h 4r 2er 0bb 3k;
Matt WILLIAMS  0.2ip 2h 2r 2er 1bb 1k;
Nathan VanDerLINDEN  3.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Marcus GREENE JR 2-4; Stefan WELCH 2-4 (RBI);
Mitch DENING 1-4; Jordan COWAN 1-4; Jordan McARDLE 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Scott CONE  4.1ip 4h 1r 1er 1bb 0k;
Tyler HERR (W,1-0)  2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 4bb 1k;
Andrew CASE (H,4)  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Jackson LOWERY  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

River STEVENS 2-2 (D-2RBI); Scott KELLY 2-4; Josh ALMONTE 2-4;
Robbie PERKINS 1-4 (D-2RBI); David KANDILAS 1-4 (D-RBI);
Aaron SAYERS 1-4; D.J DAVIS 1-4

SERIES STARS:  Canberra had a nice spread of offensive contributors in this series, led by River Stevens with seven hits from David Kandilas and Scott Kelly with six each. Not Cavalry player had more than three RBIs individually. Likewise, no Adelaide player had more than three RBIs, while Stefan Welch boasted a team most six hits just one better than Marcus Greene Jr with five. For me Adelaide's 16yo Game 1 starter Jack O'Loughlin was the star, although Canberra's Sean Guinard and Louis Cohen were both very effective too.