AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE 2018

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11 FEB 2018 - BRISBANE BANDITS WINS THREE TITLES ON THE SPIN!

OVERVIEW:   BANDITS 17R 23H 5E v CAVALRY 9R 26H 1E --  No doubt Brisbane's ability to savage rival teams with the long ball, especially at Holloway Field, was again a key factor for them. They provided further evidence of this by easily outscoring Canberra despite roughly similar totals for hits. The Bandits also triumphed despite committing five errors over the three games. You'd have to say that it was a most entertaining Championship Series for the unbiased observer and Brisbane was just too good for the third straight season.

 
 

WEEK 12 - CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES - Game 1 - 9 FEB 2018 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

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

CANBERRA

0 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 X 5 13 0
REPORT:  Obviously delighted to be playing this opening Championship Series game at Narrabundah, the Canberra Cavalry did not disappoint local fans with a delicious serving of home cooking! The game could hardly have gone to a better script for Canberra who enjoyed some sterling starting pitching from evergreen Brian Grening and enough early offence to quell the nerves. Pitching in his sixth post season game, Grening was near the upper limits of his performance with outstanding control and savvy pitch selection. He allowed the powerhouse Bandits lineup just three hits until he had two outs in the top of the seventh when things suddenly turned somewhat perilous. Singles by Mitch Nilsson and Andrew Campbell were compounded when he hit David Sutherland with a pitch and the bases loaded jam made Canberra's 5-0 lead look far less imposing. A huge moment in the contest came when reliever Tyler Herr had Adam Weisenburger struck out looking at a pitch that was very marginal on the outside vicinity of the plate. It sucked most of the remaining energy out of Brisbane's dugout.
With that decisive moment in the rear view mirror, Herr rolled through to a neat save despite T.J Bennett's consolation solo homer in the top of the ninth. In the end Brisbane could have few complaints having been clearly out-hit 6-13 by their hosts.
The Cavalry feasted on Bandits' starter Ryan Bollinger to the tune of more than two hits per inning, beginning with Robbie Perkins' two-run bomb in the bottom of the second that got the scoreboard moving for them. Mighty import Jay Baum was next to strike with his RBI double in the third and adopted star David Kandilas added some more breathing space with his two-run "jack" in the bottom of the fifth.
Those runs were plenty for Grening and Herr to preserve as they took Brisbane's formidable bullpen out of the equation. In the wash-up, Brisbane's pitchers recorded ten strike outs for the game, yet Canberra grasped their opportunities when they presented.
Under current ABL rules, top team Brisbane elected to play the opening game in Canberra in order to play Games 2 and 3 (if required) at home. It now remains to be seen if this choice might backfire on them and Canberra will play with some freedom in Game 2 tomorrow.
However, as they always say, the target for Brisbane has not changed insofar as they still need two wins for a Three-Peat.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Brian GRENING (W,1-0)  6.2ip 5h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Tyler HERR (S,1)  2.1ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Jay BAUM 3-4 (D-RBI); Robbie PERKINS 2-4 (D-HR-2RBI);
David KANDILAS 2-4 (HR-2RBI); Lee MILLS 2-3;
Cameron WARNER 2-4; Travis WITHERSPOON 1-4;
Casey McELROY 1-4;

PITCHING:

Ryan BOLLINGER (L,0-1)  5.1ip 12h 5r 5er 0bb 4k;
Sam HOLLAND  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Zac TREECE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Pat YOUNG  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Andrew CAMPBELL 2-4 (D); T.J BENNETT 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Adam WEISENBURGER 1-3; Donald LUTZ 1-4 (D);
Mitch NILSSON 1-4;

 
 

WEEK 12 - CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES - Game 2 - 10 FEB 2018 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

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

BRISBANE

3 2 0 1 2 2 2 0 X 12 12 1
REPORT:  Back home at friendly Holloway Field the Brisbane Bandits may well have made a statement to the Cavalry that whatever they can do, we can do better! If there was any hint of trepidation for the Bandits after losing Game 1, then those fears dissipated very quickly in Game 2 when their big bats turned up with menace in mind. After being shackled by Brian Grening in Canberra last night, the Bandits wasted no time getting on top of starter Lake Bachar when power men Donald Lutz and Chih-Sheng Lin went deep back-to-back in the bottom of the first for a 3-0 opening bid. The air raid sirens were blaring again at hospitable Holloway in the bottom of the next when Andrew Campbell and David Sutherland also went back-to-back to lead off the inning. Canberra's Boss Moanaroa joined the home run derby with a solo shot in the top of the fourth but, when Andrew Campbell answered with his second long ball in the bottom of the frame, Bachar was near the end of his rope and he did not get out of the fourth. On the other side of the ball for Brisbane was Aussie ace Tim Atherton who enjoyed the run support with a terrific outing of his own. While his offence was punishing the Cavs pitching, Atherton whiffed eleven while allowing just Moanaroa's solo shot through seven superb innings. The Bandits showed no mercy as Mitch Nilsson left the yard and Lin went deep for the second time to round off seven home runs for the hosts that simply overwhelmed the Cavalry tonight. Travis Witherspoon nailed a second homer for Canberra in the eighth, yet it was like a silent final salvo after the battle had been won. Although Brisbane's margin of victory was much greater in Game 2, there is a similarity in how each team fared with the series now tied 1-1. Both teams dominated with brilliant starting pitching and both have very dangerous hitters in their arsenal. Who will get the chocolates tomorrow?

BRISBANE BANDITS

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Tim ATHERTON (W,1-0)  7.0ip 3h 1r 1er 2bb 11k;
Justin ERASMUS  1.0ip 3h 1r 1er 0bb 2k;
Matt TIMMS  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Rhys NIIT  0.1ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Andrew CAMPBELL 3-5 (D-2HR-4RBI); Donald LUTZ 1-4 (HR-2RBI);
Chih-Sheng LIN 2-3 (2HR-3RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 2-4 (RBI);
David SUTHERLAND 2-4 (HR-RBI); Mitch NILSSON 1-4 (HR-RBI);
Adam WEISENBURGER 1-2

PITCHING:

Lake BACHAR (L,0-1)  3.2ip 7h 6r 6er 3bb 6k;
Sean GUINARD  1.2ip 3h 4r 3er 3bb 1k;
Tayler SAUCEDO  1.2ip 2h 2r 2er 0bb 2k;
Dan LEITZ  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Casey McELROY 2-3 (D); Boss MOANAROA 1-4 (HR-RBI);
David KANDILAS 1-3; Travis WITHERSPOON 1-5 (HR-RBI);
Robbie PERKINS 1-4; Cameron WARNER 1-4; Moko MOANAROA 1-4

 
 

WEEK 12 - CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES - Game 3 - 11 FEB 2018 - Holloway Field

 

Team

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

CANBERRA

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

BRISBANE

0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 4 5 2
REPORT:  The 2018 Championship Series decider took the best part of five hours to reach a conclusion in Brisbane tonight when the Bandits finally walked away with a third straight Claxton Shield triumph. The recent major league left arm of Travis Blackley proved to be a stumbling block for the visiting Cavs as he navigated six scoreless innings with his typically canny stuff that induced eleven ground ball outs. With his dominance on the hill keeping Canberra's bats silent, the former Melbourne star had earned his adopted club a very handy 4-0 lead when the march to victory was stalled by rain and a rather spiteful ruction in the bottom of the sixth.
Brisbane got an early jump on Cavalry starter Frank Gailey when Logan Wade and Mitch Nilsson began the bottom of the second with singles and import catcher Adam Weisenburger came through with a huge two out homer over right centre for an uplifting 3-0 lead early in the contest. Mitch Nilsson tagged Cavalry starter Gailey for a second long ball in the bottom of the sixth and a frustrated Gailey appeared, to the Brisbane dugout especially, to vent his annoyance by throwing at the next batter, Andrew Campbell. Gailey's pitch hit Campbell high on the back of the shoulder and, whether intentional or not, it was far too close to his head for his team mates' liking. A bench-clearing melee showed that there is not much love between these rival teams and you can bet that they won't be exchanging greeting cards any time soon. When Campbell was caught stealing on the next play another confrontation saw the benches cleared again and Brisbane manager Dave Nilsson was ejected, along with coach Adrian Lamb. The weather gods may have decided that a dose of rain would cool the simmering tempers and a lengthy rain delay threatened to leave the result right there without the game being completed. That unpalatable outcome didn't eventuate and the battle was resumed about 140 minutes later with some water still visible in patches on the field.
With Blackley finished for the night, the Bandits used three relievers when play resumed in the top of the seventh with Holland, Bollinger and Treece all coming to the mound and Jay Baum scored Canberra's first run when he scampered home on a throwing error during the frame.
Canberra's hopes of a big comeback gained some more momentum when Kyle Perkins clocked a leadoff homer on the top of the eighth and Travis Witherspoon laced a one out double. Manager David Nilsson may not have been in the dugout following his ejection, yet there was no hesitation from the Bandits' camp to call for star closer Ryan Searle to extinguish any chance of further damage. Searle secured the last five outs to claim his fourth post season save and to officially open the Championship celebrations for the third straight year.
Canberra certainly provided worthy opposition in this Championship Series, but they ultimately came up short against a team that finished four games clear of them in the regular season standings.
There is no great secret about Brisbane's current reign of success in ABL competition. This season they added Tim Atherton and Chih-Sheng Lin to their 2017 Championship team, while enjoying the luxury of bringing back the big bats of imports Donald Lutz and T.J Bennett.
During this era they have been able to entice the quality arms of Travis Blackley and Tim Atherton away from rival states to add to a really talented core of local talent who are at the perfect age to be impact players. Add to that a nice "top up" of import stars and it's clearly a potent formula that is very, very hard to beat! We are unaware what resources the Bandits have to retain and improve their roster in this manner, but rival clubs can only look on with jealousy and ponder how they they can find a way to match them... good luck with that!
'Flintoff & Dunn' must ignore that and congratulate the Brisbane Bandits on the ABL's first Championship THREE-PEAT!!

BRISBANE BANDITS

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PITCHING:

Travis BLACKLEY (W,1-0)  6.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Sam HOLLAND  0.0ip 1h 1r 0er 0bb 0k;
Ryan BOLLINGER  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Zac TREECE (H,1)  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Matt TIMMS (H,1)  0.1ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k;
Ryan SEARLE (S,1)  1.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Mitch NILSSON 2-3 (HR-RBI); Adam WEISENBURGER 1-3 (HR-3RBI);
Chih-Sheng LIN 1-3 (D); Logan WADE 1-3

PITCHING:

Frank GAILEY (L,0-1)  5.2ip 5h 4r 4er 2bb 9k;
Steve KENT  2.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 6k

OFFENCE:

Kyle PERKINS 1-3 (HR-RBI); Travis WITHERSPOON 1-4 (D);
Robbie PERKINS 1-3; Lee MILLS 1-3; Jay BAUM 1-4

SERIES STARS:  Home grown star Andrew Campbell came up big for the Bandits on the biggest stage with a series high five hits that included two doubles, two home rins and four RBIs. He edged Mitch Nilsson who owned two long balls among his four hits, while Chih-Sheng Lin also homered twice. Brisbane boasted ten home runs over the three game set. Robbie Perkins and Jay Baum led the Cavs with four hits apiece to top five other team mates with three hits. All three winning starters in this series were probable game MVP's - Brian Grening for Canberra - Tim Atherton and Travis Blackley for Brisbane.