ABL 2018 - WEEK 10

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  27 JAN 2018 - CANBERRA & BRISBANE SQAURE IN TOUGH SERIES!

OVERVIEW:   CAVALRY  17R 28H 2E v BANDITS  26R 43H 3E --  The big blowout win in Game 4 skewed the statistics strongly in Brisbane's favour from what was more accurately a very tight series. Two strong playoff teams flexed their muscle and both will feature in the post season with some confidence. The split series is often better news for the travelling team, bit it's marginal.

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 1 - 25 JAN 2018 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

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

CANBERRA

2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 0
REPORT:  Two of the league's hottest teams turned on a high quality baseball contest for fans on a balmy night at Narrabundah.
After both starting pitchers battled for traction early tonight, it was the defending Champion Brisbane Bandits who proved to be just one run better than their hosts when Canberra's gallant starter Brian Grening appeared to hit the wall in the top of the seventh. Both teams had three runs on the board at the end of two completed frames before Canberra's go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth saw Bandits' starter Justin Erasmus given the hook. Star import T.J Bennett got the ball rolling (or is that flying?) in the top of the first with a two-run bomb - his 15th of the season. Not to be outdone, Jay Baum matched that with his two-run shot in the home half of the first dig. The early fireworks continued when Andrew Campbell and Cameron Warner both jacked leadoff homers in the second inning to maintain the parity. Grening settled into his work to take the ball into the seventh inning and it took a rally from the Champs to deal him his first loss of this season. The fifth home run of the game from Cavalry catcher Kyle Perkins had the hosts in front with four frames banked and Brisbane had gone to its highly rated bullpen. A leadoff walk in the top of the seventh, followed by Logan Wade's RBI triple tied the scores and David Sutherland's RBI double gave the Bandits the winning advantage. Usual suspects Treece, Timms and Searle delivered the last rights and Brisbane had wrapped up top spot on the ABL table for 2017/18.
Fans in Canberra would not have enjoyed the result, but it was a quality affair!

CANBERRA CAVALRY

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Brian GRENING (L,5-1)  6.0ip 7h 5r 5er 2bb 5k;
Tyler HERR  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Tayler SAUCEDO  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Dan LIETZ  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Jay BAUM 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Cameron WARNER 1-3 (HR-RBI);
Kyle PERKINS 1-4 (HR-RBI); Travis WITHERSPOON 1-3;
Jake AMOS 1-2 (D); David KANDILAS 1-4

PITCHING:

Justin ERASMUS  3.2ip 5h 3r 3er 0bb 3k;
Travis BLACKLEY  0.1ip 1h 1r 1er 0b 1k;
Pat YOUNG (W,1-1)  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Zac TREECE (H,4)  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Matt TIMMS (H,3)  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Ryan SEARLE (S,5)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

David SUTHERLAND 2-4 (2D-RBI); Logan WADE 2-4 (T-RBI);
T.J BENNETT 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Andrew CAMPBELL 1-3 (HR-RBI);
Chih-Sheng LIN 1-4 (D); Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-4

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 2 - 26 JAN 2018 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

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

CANBERRA

1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 X 5 6 1
REPORT:  With a mighty pitching effort from the home team, the Canberra Cavalry reversed the result from yesterday to edge the high flying Bandits 5-4 at Narrabundah tonight. Burly Independent Leaguer Frank Gailey was near his best with six innings of quality pitching while allowing just one of three total hits cobbled by the potent Brisbane offence. While hits were a scarcity tonight, Canberra's national team star David Kandilas was the class act with three of the nine hits for the game off his own bat. He singled and scored to open the bidding in the bottom of the first and homered in the third to back Gailey's brilliant start. Brisbane's former major league powerhouse Donald Lutz answered with his laser shot to lead off the top of the fourth, yet Gailey was not fazed. Next to leave the yard was star Cavalry import Jay Baum whose two-run shot capped a three run bottom of the fifth and things were looking comfortable for the hosts.
As often, things changed starkly when Gailey was lifted for the top of the seventh and a leadoff walk got Brisbane's bench suddenly energised. With an error included, the Bandits plated three against relievers Guinard and Saucedo to put the result back on the razor's edge. However, that proved to be a brief uprising and the Cavalry bullpen held the line with Michael Click closing out his fifth save of the season. Hats off to Gailey and Kandilas tonight!

CANBERRA CAVALRY

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Frank GAILEY (W,4-0)  6.0ip 1h 1r 1er 1bb 7k;
Sean GUINARD  0.1ip 2h 3r 1er 1bb 1k;
Tayler SAUCEDO (H,2)  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 1k;
Michael CLICK (S,5)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

David KANDILAS 3-4 (HR-2RBI); Jay BAUM 1-3 (HR-2RBI);
Lee MILLS 1-4 (D); Kyle PERKINS 1-3

PITCHING:

Tim ATHERTON (L,3-1)  7.0ip 6h 5r 4er 1bb 7k;
Sam HOLLAND  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Donald LUTZ 1-2 (HR-RBI); Andrew CAMPBELL 1-4 (RBI);
Mitch NILSSON 1-4; Wade DUTTON 0-3 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 3 - 27 JAN 2018 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 5 13 0

CANBERRA

4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 10 0
REPORT:  For the second straight game the hosting Canberra Cavalry built a solid early lead before having to hold off the Bandits by the single run in the end. The Cavs began this contest with three successive singles and a walk to plate their first run without an out recorded by Brisbane starter Ryan Bollinger. He gave up a four-run inning before settling in to pitch four more innings of better quality stuff with eight strike outs included. Rival starter Lake Bachar took the ball into the sixth with a 5-1 lead but, as we have found, the Bandits are never to be taken lightly. In-form stalwart David Sutherland had homered for them in the top of the fifth and it flicked a switch for their offence. Another two runs in the top of the next made it tighter and also brought Michael Click to the mound in relief of Bachar. Brisbane's Jake Turcato went deep to lead off the seventh and only a big out at home plate prevented them from taking a lead when they ended with two, game tying, runs. The deadlock rolled into the bottom of the ninth where David Kandilas ended it with his twelfth homer of the season as a walkoff run with one out. That winning blast gave Tyler Herr the win, while saddling Zac Treece with the loss in another tight one.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Lake BACHAR  5.2ip 7h 3r 3er 2bb 3k;
Michael CLICK (BS,4)  2.1ip 5h 2r 2er 2bb 3k;
Tyler HERR (W,1-0)  1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

David KANDILAS 3-5 (HR-RBI); Casey McELROY 2-4 (D);
Jay BAUM 1-3 (RBI); Kyle PERKINS 1-2 (D);
Robbie PERKINS 1-4 (RBI); Cameron WARNER 1-4 (2RBI);
Travis WITHERSPOON 1-5

PITCHING:

Ryan BOLLINGER  5.0ip 8h 5r 4er 2bb 8k;
Rhys NIIT  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 2bb 0k;
Ryan SEARLE  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Zac TREECE (L,4-2)  0.1ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

David SUTHERLAND 2-3 (HR-RBI); Andrew CAMPBELL 2-3 (D);
Logan WADE 2-4 (D-RBI); Jake TURCATO 1-2 (HR-RBI);
T.J BENNETT 1-2 (D); Daniel NILSSON 1-2 (D);
Adam WEISENBURGER 1-2; Ryan BATTAGLIA 1-3 (D);
Chih-Sheng LIN 1-3 (RBI); Wade DUTTON 1-4;
Mitch NILSSON 0-4 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 4 - 27 JAN 2018 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

0 0 1 0 4 2 5     12 19 2

CANBERRA

0 0 0 0 0 0 2     2 6 1
REPORT:  After the early game of this double header went beyond the scheduled seven innings, this nightcap game at Narrabundah was limited to seven. In contrast to the previous tight contests in this series, the Bandits unleashed their high-powered offence for one final "air out" in the last game of the regular season. With nothing on the line in terms of table positions, Brisbane rattled up nineteen hits across the seven innings and they simply got greedier as the game neared its early conclusion to the relief of home fans. Canberra starter Steve Kent had started to wilt under the pressure in the fifth after allowing just a solo home run to prolific Donald Lutz - his 16th - in the top of the third. Kent was almost literally knocked out of the game when Mitch Nilsson and Logan Wade hit back-to-back one out homers and Wade Dutton followed with a double on a four-hit night for him. Four runs in the fifth came ahead of T.J Bennett's 16th dinger that plated another two in the top of the sixth. Andrew Campbell "went yard" as Brisbane sent all nine batters to the plate in the seventh for another five runs that really blew the game out. While all of that offence was piling up on the away half of the scoreboard, former major leaguer Travis Blackley simply sailed along with five shutout innings that brought him a fifth win on the last night of the regular season.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Steve KENT (L,3-5)  4.1ip 11h 5r 5er 0bb 4k;
Dan LIETZ  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Liam SHERER  1.0ip 2h 2r 2er 2bb 1k;
Jake GREEN  0.2ip 6h 5r 5er 0bb 1k;
Grant PICCOLI  0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Cameron WARNER 2-3; Casey McELROY 2-4 (D-2RBI);
Travis WITHERSPOON 1-3; David KANDILAS 1-4

PITCHING:

Travis BLACKLEY (W,5-2)  5.0ip 5h 0r 0er 3bb 3k;
Sam HOLLAND  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 1k;
Donald LUTZ  0.0ip 0h 2r 2er 2bb 0k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Wade DUTTON 4-4 (D); Logan WADE 3-5 (HR-RBI);
T.J BENNETT 2-4 (HR-2RBI); Chih-Sheng LIN 2-3;
Donald LUTZ 2-5 (HR-2RBI); Aaron WHITEFIELD 2-5 ;
Daniel NILSSON 1-1 (2RBI); Mitch NILSSON 1-3 (HR-3RBI);
Andrew CAMPBELL 1-4 (HR-2RBI); Ryan BATTAGLIA 1-4 (D)

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 5 - 28 JAN 2018 - Narrabundah - GAME CANCELLED

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

                  CCL    

CANBERRA

                  CCL    
REPORT:  This proposed game was cancelled because it could not affect playoff positions. It was intended to be a make-up game for the game postponed due to rain in the first series of the 2017/18 season.

SERIES STARS:  Canberra's consistent threat David Kandilas doubled all of his team mates with eight hits as a series high. His two home runs were matched by star import Jay Baum who led the club with five RBIs. Logan Wade topped the table for Brisbane with seven safe hits ona team that spread its offence up and down the lineup. Bennett, Campbell and Wade each hits two homers for the Bandits. Canberra's Game 2 starter Frank Gailey was the pitching MVP of this series, with apologies to Travis Blackley who was excellent in a blowout Game 4 win.

  27 JAN 2018 - ADELAIDE ENDS SYDNEY'S PLAYOFF HOPES 3-1!

OVERVIEW:   BITE  28R 42H 6E v BLUE SOX 18R 35H 6E --  Adelaide got a late consolation for the 2018 season with a 3-1 series victory over the other non-playoff team Sydney. Their advantage for runs and hits reflects their overall edge in this home series.

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 1 - 25 JAN 2018 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 1 9 12 1

ADELAIDE

0 0 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 7 11 2
REPORT:  On a night when a loss would have seen their playoff hopes dashed, the Sydney Blue Sox produced a six-run top of the fifth to earn a vital win at West Beach in Adelaide tonight. Having recently returned to the ABL after some fine performances last season, import pitcher Trevor Foss was good enough to take the win, even after allowing a four-run inning to the hosts. A two out RBI triple from Trent D'Antonio and a RBI bunt single by Jacob Younis staked the "B-Sox' to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third, but four successive singles ignited a rally by the Bite in the bottom half. Adelaide kept the line moving to post a "four spot" and Adelaide starter Greg Mosel was sniffing a second win. However, his wheels fell off in the top of the fifth when Alex Howe punched a leadoff double, Jacob Younis lashed a two RBI triple and Connor MacDonald smashed a three run dinger in a six-run frame. Angus Roeger homered in the bottom of the sixth and Stepehn Lohr drove in two more in the seventh as Adelaide pulled back within just one. Back-to-back doubles by imports Michael Suchy and Lars Anderson gave Sydney an insurance run in the ninth to help Todd Van Steensel to close it out. In the end it was a vital win for Sydney and another tough loss for the Bite at their Adelaide Shores home venue.

ADELAIDE BITE

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Greg MOSEL (L,1-7)  4.0ip 8h 7r 6er 2bb 3k;
Nick HUTCHINGS  2.2ip 1h 1r 1er 2bb 3k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS  0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Matt WILLIAMS  1.2ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 4k

OFFENCE:

Stephen LOHR 2-3 (D-3RBI); Angus ROEGER 2-4 (HR-RBI);
Max BROWN 2-4; Kuan-Jen CHEN 1-3; Tai-Shan CHANG 1-4;
Bas NOOIJ 1-4; Curtis MEAD 1-4; Rodrigo AYARZA 1-5 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Trevor FOSS (W,2-2)  5.0ip 8h 4r 4er 0bb 7k;
Matthew RAE (H,1)  3.0ip 3h 3r 3er 1bb 3k;
Todd Van STEENSEL (S,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Michael SUCHY 3-5 (D-RBI); Mitchell EDWARDS 2-4;
Lars ANDERSON 2-4 (D-RBI); Jacob YOUNIS 2-5 (T-3RBI);
Trent D'ANTONIO 1-3 (T-RBI); Connor MacDONALD 1-4 (HR-3RBI);
Alex HOWE 1-3 (D)

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 2 - 26 JAN 2018 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 8 12 1

ADELAIDE

1 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 X 10 12 3
REPORT:  Former LA Dodgers 'AA' professional Chris Powell produced one of his best outings in our ABL tonight to anchor a positive result for patient home fans at Adelaide Shores. Powell allowed only two runs over seven innings with immaculate control while the Bite offence gave him plenty of early run support. Things didn't begin too well for Powell when a pair of leadoff doubles in the top of the first had a run on the board for the Blue Sox in a blink of an eye. However, Adelaide equalled that in the bottom of the first before streaking away with nine runs over the next two frames. Two doubles and a two-run homer from Max Brown had Sydney starter Craig Anderson unusually rattled and he didn't make it out of the second inning. In a remarkable effort, Luke Wilkins took over pitch the remainder of the game for the Blue Sox and, although Adelaide scored four more in the bottom of the third, all of those runs scored unearned. That inning included a two-run homer from import Stephen Lohr who continues to rake. Wilkins went on to strike out seven in a losing cause that won't bring him the accolades he otherwise deserved. The Bite led 10-2 after three innings and it stayed that way until late in the game when Powell was relieved and the Bite took the foot off the pedal. With their playoff chances all but gone, Sydney raised one last gasp effort with six runs in the last two innings, but they still fell two short. As both teams boasted twelve hits, Jacob Younis supplied four for Sydney and Bas Nooij owned three for Adelaide. Unfortunately for the Blue Sox their season won't last beyond this series because they couldn't solve Chris Powell tonight.

ADELAIDE BITE

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Chris POWELL (W,3-5)  7.0ip 7h 2r 2er 0bb 5k;
Steven CHAMBERS  0.2ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k;
Tyson McKEE  0.1ip 1h 3r 2er 1bb 0k;
Ryan DUNCAN  0.0ip 0h 2r 2er 2bb 0k;
Loek Van MIL (S,5)  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Bas NOOIJ 3-4 (D); Max BROWN 2-4 (HR-2RBI);
Stephen LOHR 2-5 (D-HR-2RBI); Harrison KNUCKEY 1-2 (2RBI);
Tai-Shan CHANG 1-4 (RBI); Angus ROEGER 1-4 (D);
Curtis MEAD 1-4 (RBI); Rodrigo AYARZA 1-5;
Kuan-Jen CHEN 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Craig ANDERSON (L,1-6)  1.2ip 8h 6r 6er 1bb 0k;
Luke WILKINS  6.1ip 4h 4r 0er 2bb 7k

OFFENCE:

Jacob YOUNIS 4-5 (D-2RBI); Mitchell EDWARDS 2-4 (RBI);
Trent D'ANTONIO 2-4 (D-RBI); Zac SHEPHERD 1-3 (D);
Lars ANDERSON 1-4 (RBI); Connor MacDONALD 1-5 (2RBI);
Alex HOWE 1-3

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 3 - 27 JAN 2018 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0 5 2

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 0 3 X     3 6 0
REPORT:  Jack O'Loughlin and Clayton Freimuth went toe-to-toe through five shutout innings to keep fans at West Beach on the edges of their seats in a rapidly dwindling seven inning matinee game. In the end 17yo O'Loughlin outlasted his 26yo German national team opponent by pitching six scoreless frames, whereas Freimuth was haunted by a couple of errors in an untidy bottom of the sixth as the game went sour for the Blue Sox. The Adelaide Bite took good advantage of Sydney's defensive mishaps to manufacture three runs that decided the game with just one inning remaining. Giant closer Loek Van Mil collected his sixth save despite a wobble in the top of the last, but this game belonged to Jack O'Loughlin who reminded us again what a fine pitching prospect he is for the near future.

ADELAIDE BITE

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Jack O'LOUGHLIN (W,2-1)  6.0ip 3h 0r 0er 2bb 6k;
Loek Van MIL (S,6)  1.0ip 2h 0r 0er 1bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jordan McARDLE 2-3; Max BROWN 1-2; Mason CLAVELL 1-3;
Rodrigo AYARZA 1-3; Kuan-Jen CHEN 1-3; Curtis MEAD 0-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Clayton FREIMUTH (L,3-3)  5.0ip 5h 3r 0er 2bb 5k;
Vaughan HARRIS  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Connor MacDONALD 2-3; Max BRENNEN 1-3; Coco JOHNSON 1-3;
Lars ANDERSON 1-3

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 4 - 27 JAN 2018 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 1 0 0 3 0 4 X 8 13 1
REPORT:  Japanese Industrial League pitcher Ryo Koura supplied another very impressive start for the Adelaide Bite tonight with almost two punch outs per inning over six-plus high quality innings. His twelve K's helped to limit Sydney to just the one run on the last night of their 2018 season at Adelaide Shores. With a run each in the third inning, this game was locked at 1-1 into the bottom of the sixth when Blue Sox starter Todd Grattan was replaced after doing a sterling job for his ballclub. The Bite wasted no time in pouncing upon reliever Calvin Drummond when Angus Roeger led off the inning with a go-ahead homer laced over centre field. Three runs in that inning may have been enough with Sydney's offence under wraps, but the long-suffering Adelaide team had one final curtain call for their fans tonight. Popular import Tai-Shan Chang crushed a GRAND SLAM homer over left field to pad the result in the bottom of the eighth. Both of these teams missed the playoffs for 2018, but at least Adelaide finished it off in style on home soil.
You can bet that they will try to bring back Ryo Koura as part of their starting rotation next season.

ADELAIDE BITE

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Ryo KOURA (W,3-2)  6.1ip 5h 1r 1er 2bb 12k;
Matt WILLIAMS (H,3)  1.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k;
Loek Van MIL  1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 2bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Brodie ARRIOLA 3-4 (2D); Angus ROEGER 2-4 (HR-RBI);
Curtis MEAD 2-4 (D-2RBI); Rodrigo AYARZA 2-5 (D-RBI);
Tai-Shan CHANG 1-5 (HR-4RBI); Max BROWN 1-2;
Jordan McARDLE 1-4; Bas NOOIJ 1-4

PITCHING:

Todd GRATTAN  5.0ip 8h 1r 1er 2bb 3k;
Calvin DRUMMOND (L,0-1)  1.0ip 3h 3r 2er 0bb 0k;
Tom ROBERTS  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Liam HOLM  1.0ip 2h 4r 4er 2bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Mitchell EDWARDS 2-4; Jacob YOUNIS 2-5 (2D);
Lars ANDERSON 1-3; Michael SUCHY 1-4 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  The hosting Adelaide Bite had an even spread of offensive contributors with Max Brown just leading the pack with six hits while five others owned at least four knocks. Stephen Lohr and Tai-Shan Chang led the Bite with five RBIs apiece. Former pro Jacob Younis was outstanding for Sydney with eight hits and five RBIs, to be joined for RBIs by Connor MacDonald. Emerging young catcher Mitch Edwards had six hits for the Blue Sox. Adelaide starters Chris Powell, Jack O'Loughlin and Ryo Koura were all terrific with the ball for the Bite in their last series for the season... just a tad too late to keep them in the picture.

  27 JAN 2018 - PERTH & MELBOURNE SHARE THE POINTS!

OVERVIEW:   HEAT 22R 34H 14E v ACES 29R 46H 4E --  The Perth Heat will not be happy about 14 errors across these four home games that surely helped Melbourne to earn a series split to qualify for the post season. The Aces had a solid advantage for runs and hits, but those errors also contribute to those numbers by keeping innings alive. The Heat earn a home semi-final against Canberra, while Melbourne faces a daunting trip to Brisbane for their semi.

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 1 - 25 JAN 2018 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

2 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 2 9 13 1

PERTH

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 5
REPORT:  On the eve of Australia Day, former Adelaide favourite Josh Tols would have had his Victorian citizenship papers stamped after producing a spectacular pitching effort for the Melbourne Aces when they really needed one. Tols seems to have responded to his elevation as No.1 starter in the Aces' rotation and, good as he has been at times in the past, this was surely his finest ABL hour. With his nasty breaking stuff to the fore, Josh mesmerised the Heat batters through seven shutout innings, while allowing them just one hit and one walk. During one stretch he fanned eight successive batters en-route to eleven big punch outs. While Tols was strutting his stuff, Melbourne pounced upon a couple of Perth errors to score two in the top of the first, then Delmon Young clocked his eleventh long ball of the season in the third. Another run in the top of the sixth had the Aces ahead 4-0 and Heat starter Alex Boshers was out of the game. Jarryd Dale doubled and scored, then Darryl George ripped a two RBI triple to give Melbourne a decisive 7-0 lead in the top of the eighth. With Tols finally out of the game, the Heat sucked in some oxygen and Jake Fraley drove in a couple before the Heat left the bags juiced at the end of the inning.
Former Perth star Allan de San Miguel fired a parting shot at his old club with his two-run bomb in the top of the ninth and Melbourne had bagged a most important victory at a tough venue for away teams. The Aces are on the brink of clinching a playoff berth with their "magic number" now down to one. But, as Yogi Berra once said, "it ain't over until it's over!"

PERTH HEAT

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Alex BOSHERS (L,1-6)  5.1ip 6h 4r 2er 1bb 4k;
Nick KENNEDY  1.2ip 2h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Jake BOWEY  0.1ip 2h 3r 3er 2bb 0k;
Brad WILLIAMS  1.0ip 3h 2r 2er 2bb 1k;
Lachlan SOUTHEE  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jake FRALEY 2-3 (2RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-3; Jesse WILLIAMS 1-3

PITCHING:

Josh TOLS (W,5-3)  7.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 11k;
Daniel McGRATH  1.0ip 3h 2r 0er 1bb 2k;
Sam STREET  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Delmon YOUNG 3-5 (D-HR-RBI); Craig MADDOX 3-5 (D-RBI);
Allan de SAN MIGUEL 2-4 (HR-2RBI); Darryl GEORGE 2-6 (T-2RBI);
Jarryd DALE 1-4 (D); Jared CRUZ 1-4 (RBI);
Michael CROUSE 1-5 (RBI)

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 2 - 26 JAN 2018 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

1 3 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 9 14 2

PERTH

1 2 1 0 3 3 0 0 X 10 13 3
REPORT:  On Australia Day afternoon in Perth, home runs were the order of the day as the home standing Heat outlasted the travelling Aces in a "wild" slugfest. We should have realised that we would see several long balls disappear when Melbourne stalwart Darryl George led off the game with a dinger over left, only to be matched by Luke Hughes' solo shot in the bottom of the first. As the teams went back-and-forth, former Heat star Allan de San Miguel led off the top of the second with another long ball as the Aces scored three. Starting pitchers Kyle Simon and Mark Hamburger were both hit hard as Melbourne led 5-4 after four and this is where things went badly south for Hamburger who suffered his seventh loss for a frustrating season. A hit batter contributed to Ulrich Bojarski's three-run bomb in the fifth and a walk contributed to Garrett Whitley's three-run jack in the next. Star Aces imports Tyler Neslony and Delmon Young went back-to-back with home runs in the sixth and eighth, but this was perhaps the story of the game for Melbourne. All six of their home runs were solo shots, while two of Perth's three went for three RBIs as they hung on to win by the odd run 10-9. This game was concluded before the others started today, so Melbourne's "magic number" remained at one and they may well feel that they missed a trick today. Their No.1 starter from 2017, Mark Hamburger, has been badly hurt by the long ball this season and the Aces pitching has been an "Achilles Heel". Spare a thought for Melbourne's Tyler Neslony who went 5-5, with two home runs, in a wasted losing cause. Perth celebrates Australia Day!

PERTH HEAT

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Kyle SIMON  4.0ip 10h 5r 3er 1bb 3k;
Scott MITCHINSON  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Joe Van METER (BS,1)(W,3-0)  2.0ip 2h 2r 2er 0bb 2k;
Cameron LAMB (H,1)  1.0ip 2h 2r 2er 1bb 0k;
Warwick SAUPOLD (S,2)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Alex HALL 3-4 (RBI); Garrett WHITLEY 2-3 (D-HR-3RBI);
Ulrich BOJARSKI 2-4 (D-HR-3RBI); Tim KENNELLY 2-4;
Jake FRALEY 2-5 (D-RBI); Luke HUGHES 1-3 (HR-RBI);
Robbie GLENDINNING 1-5

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (L,3-7)  6.0ip 13h 10r 9er 3bb 7k;
Matt MARKSBERRY  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k;
Christian MEISTER  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Tyler NESLONY 5-5 (2HR-3RBI); Darryl GEORGE 3-5 (D-HR-2RBI);
Delmon YOUNG 2-4 (2HR-2RBI); Michael CROUSE 1-4;
Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-4 (HR-RBI); Craig MADDOX 1-5;
Jared CRUZ 1-5

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 3 - 27 JAN 2018 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

1 0 0 0 2 1 1     5 10 0

PERTH

0 1 5 0 0 1 X     7 12 3
REPORT:  Melbourne's former Tampa Bay professional Darryl George must be wondering what more he has to do after clouting THREE solo home runs for the Aces who still fell 5-7 to the hosting Perth Heat. George's first inning homer was cancelled out by Ulrich Bojarski who launched one in the bottom of the second before the decisive move came in the bottom of the next. The Heat applied the blow torch to Melbourne starter Jon Kennedy when Jake Fraley led off the inning with a double before stealing his 37th base of the season. By the time the dust had settled, Perth had posted a "five spot" that all but killed of a truncated seven inning game. George went deep twice more to take his season tally to ten, while Perth's classy import Fraley also nailed his 13th long ball of the season. Jon Kennedy took his second loss of the season while namesake Nick Kennedy was on hand to collect his second win pitching after starter Nick Veale had done a decent job. Experienced former pro Cameron Lamb had enough padding in hand to record his sixth save of the season. As I started this report, Melbourne stalwart Darryl George is entitled to shake his head about being on the losing side of this ledger.

PERTH HEAT

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE  4.1ip 6h 3r 2er 3bb 3k;
Nick KENNEDY (W,2-0)  0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k;
Scott MITCHINSON (H,1)  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 3k;
Cameron LAMB (S,6)  1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Ulrich BOJARSKI 2-3 (HR-RBI); Jake FRALEY 2-4 (D-HR-RBI);
Alex HALL 3-3; Luke HUGHES 2-4; Garrett WHITLEY 1-4;
Michael HART 1-1 (RBI); Robbie GLENDINNING 1-3 (D-RBI);
Tim KENNELLY 0-3 (RBI); Jesse WILLIAMS 0-2 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Jon KENNEDY (L,1-2)  4.0ip 10h 6r 6er 0bb 2k;
Ryan PHILLIPS  2.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Darryl GEORGE 3-4 (3HR-3RBI); Tyler NESLONY 4-4 (T);
Michael CROUSE 2-3; Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-4 (D-RBI)

 
 

WEEK 10 - Game 4 - 27 JAN 2018 - Baseball Park, Thornlie

 

Team

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

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 6 9 1

PERTH

1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 5 3
REPORT:  With not much hanging on this result, the Melbourne Aces would welcome a strong winning start by import Matt Larkins heading into the playoffs next weekend. Livewire Jake Fraley led off the game with a single, stole his 38th bag and scored the opening for Perth, followed by Jake Bowey's solo homer in the second. It looked like another fruitless outing for Larkins until the Aces gave him some run support in the top of the fourth. Michael Crouse led off the frame with a long ball and red-hot Darryl George delivered his fourth home run for day with a three-run shot as part of a big five run inning. Those runs consigned Matt Kennelly to his first ABL loss as a pitcher while swinging the win around for Larkins who supplied five solid frames. Melbourne's inconsistent bullpen was rock solid on this occasion as Scott Shuman and Jackson Boyd took holds and Christian Meister nailed his first save. It would be hard to imagine a better day of baseball than that produced by Darryl George today with 6-8, a double, four home runs and seven RBIs. No doubt he is in rare form!

PERTH HEAT

MELBOURNE ACES

PITCHING:

Matt KENNELLY (L,0-1)  6.0ip 7h 5r 1er 0bb 3k;
Daniel SCHMIDT  3.0ip 2h 1r 0er 2bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Jake FRALEY 1-3; Jake BOWEY 1-4 (HR-RBI); Ryan KIFT 1-3 (D);
Alex HALL 1-4 (D); Tim KENNELLY 1-4 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Matthew LARKINS (W,1-3)  5.0ip 5h 3r 2er 1bb 4k;
Scott SHUMAN (H,2)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k;
Jackson BOYD (H,2)  2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 3k;
Christian MEISTER (S,1)  1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Darryl GEORGE 3-4 (D-HR-4RBI); Michael CROUSE 2-4 (HR-RBI);
Chris BURKE 1-1 (D); Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-3;
Delmon YOUNG 1-3; Ryan DALE 1-4; Jared CRUZ 0-3 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  Home grown Melbourne star Darryl George had a series for the ages with nine hits, two doubles, five home runs and nine RBIs. Behind him was import Tyler Neslony who had nine hits and two homers, while Delmon Young clocked three long balls. Perth was led by Jake Fraley and Alex Hall who both owned seven safe hits - Ulrich Bojarski joined Fraley with four RBIs. Look no further than Aces' Game 1 starter Josh Tols as the star pitcher of this series.