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17 DEC 2017 - CAVALRY PULLS OUT 2-2 HOME SERIES v HEAT!

OVERVIEW:   CAVALRY 19R 32H 9E v HEAT 30R 41H 3E --  With Canberra winning both of their games by a single runs in extra innings, we cannot be surprised that the Heat had dominant numbers for hits and runs, while the Cavalry also committed nine errors for the series. In the end, this all suggests that Canberra should be relieved and content to have taken a split from this important home stand.

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 1 - 14 DEC 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 12 1

CANBERRA

0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 7 2
REPORT:  This game was what you might call a "slow burner", but it sure came to life in the latter innings after opposing starters Brian Grening and Alex Boshers were out of ammo. Evergreen Grening left with a probable win in his kit bag after striking out seven over seven strong innings for a 3-1 lead. The only run he had allowed was a two out rifle shot over left centre by Jake Fraley in the top of the third. Fraley's solo blast held up as the only score until the seventh inning when Boshers seemed to tire quickly and he was not helped by a bobbled error that set the table for Jay Baum to deliver a two RBI double and Robbie Perkins to follow with another driven in. At that stage it looked like the hosting Cavalry were in control with their tough bullpen ready to seal the deal. However, Perth started to find their offensive "mojo" and they threatened without scoring in the eighth to send a warning. With Michael Click on the mound for Canberra, the Heat was not daunted and they soon had him under pressure while he was trying to close the top of the ninth. Turnbull singled and Bojarski doubled to have runners on second and third with one out and this time they didn't spurn the opportunity. Jesse Williams lifted a sac fly and Jake Fraley supplied another RBI to tie it all up and to send the game into extra innings. With tie-breaker rules in force, star import Michael Brosseau put Perth on top with his two RBI double lashed into left field. When the Cavalry was unable to reply in the bottom of the tenth, the win fell to Perth's Dylan Thompson and Cameron Lamb polished off the save. It was a big win for Perth and a deflating loss for Canberra.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Brian GRENING  7.0ip 7h 1er 0bb 7k;
Dan LIETZ  0.0ip 0h 0er 2bb 0k;
Michael CLICK (BS,1)  1.2ip 3h 2er 1bb 1k;
Tayler SAUCEDO (L,0-1)  1.1ip 2h 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jay BAUM 2-4 (D-2RBI); Robbie PERKINS 2-4 (RBI);
David KANDILAS 1-3; Buddy REED 1-4; Cameron WARNER 1-4

PITCHING:

Alex BOSHERS  6.0ip 4h 2er 0bb 4k;
Dylan THOMPSON (W,1-0)  3.0ip 3h 0er 0bb 4k;
Cameron LAMB (S,3)  1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Jake FRALEY 2-4 (HR-2RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 2-4 (D);
Tim KENNELLY 2-4; Garrett WHITLEY 2-5; Alex HALL 1-4;
Jesse WILLIAMS 1-3 (RBI); Michael BROSSEAU 1-5 (D-2RBI);
Jake TURNBULL 1-5

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 2 - 15 DEC 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

PERTH

0 0 4 0 3 0 0 5 0 12 11 0

CANBERRA

0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 2
REPORT:  Seasoned 27yo Independent League starter Kyle Simon showed the type of quality that took him to 'AAA' level with the Philadelphia Philles when he throttled the Cavalry with eight brilliant innings tonight. He allowed just one run on five hits as he kept a clean sheet through six frames while his own Perth Heat offence took control of the game at Narrabundah. Things became a bit unravelled for stalwart Cavalry starter Steve Kent in the top of the third when a defensive error helped to ignite a rally that included back-to-back doubles from offensive stars Jake Fraley and Tim Kennelly. Those, plus a two RBI single from Luke Hughes, saw the Heat pile on four big runs and that alone was plenty for Kyle Simon on this night. The Heat added on three when Michael Brosseau and Luke Hughes went deep back-to-back in the fifth. Canberra's only run came in the seventh when Buddy Reed lashed a leadoff triple and eventually scored on a double play.
For some thick icing on their cake, Perth piled on the pain for their hosts in the top of the eighth when Ulrich Bojarski delivered a three run "jack", Jesse Williams whacked a RBI triple and Jake Fraley added a RBI single for five more on a lop-sided scoreboard.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Steve KENT (L,1-4)  5.0ip 6h 4er 2bb 8k;
Thomas HOLLAND  2.1ip 2h 3er 1bb 2k;
Liam DOOLAN  0.2ip 3h 2er 1bb 1k;
Jake GREEN  1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Robbie PERKINS 1-2; Mark ZHANG 1-1 (D); Nick HOSIE 1-1;
Gabriel ARIAS 1-3; Ryan KALISH 1-3; Buddy REED 1-4 (T)

PITCHING:

Kyle SIMON (W,2-2)  8.0ip 5h 1er 1bb 6k;
Jett WRIGHT  1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Tim KENNELLY 3-5 (D-RBI); Jake FRALEY 2-4 (D-2RBI);
Luke HUGHES 2-4 (HR-RBI); Michael BROSSEAU 1-4 (HR-2RBI);
Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-4 (HR-3RBI); Jesse WILLIAMS 1-4 (T-RBI);
Garrett WHITLEY 1-5

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 3 - 16 DEC 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

PERTH

2 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 4 10 12 1

CANBERRA

2 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 11 12 5
REPORT:  Given that the warm air at Narrabundah had served up eight home runs for the night, I guess it was somewhat fitting that a "wild one" would be decided with a walkoff long ball to delight home fans. Former Blue Sox slugger Boss Moanaroa became the hero in the bottom of the ninth, but moments earlier those same home fans were slumped in their seats when Jake Fraley and Luke Hughes both hammered two-run homers to give Perth a 10-8 lead in the top of the ninth. In a contest of fluctuating fortunes, the teams shared two each in the first frame before Gabriel Arias and Connor Panas both went deep to have Canberra ahead 6-3 after three. The Heat rallied back to tie it up when Michael Brosseau nailed a two-run bomb in the top of the seventh, but the balls kept flying out of the yard as Panas delivered his second in the bottom of the seventh and Kyle Perkins launched one to lead off the eighth to put the Cavs in front 8-6. Those two long balls set the scene for the dramatic ninth inning that provided that final remarkable twist. Moanaroa was the ultimate hero for Canberra with his 3-4 including the big walkoff three-run jolt, yet Perth's Michael Brosseau did slightly better with 4-5 to take his season average to .437!
With 24 hits for fans to savour, there wasn't much joy for pitchers and Cavalry reliever Michael Click can consider himself very fortunate to take his fourth win after a hard-hit blown save. Cameron Lamb was on the hill at the end for Perth to take the loss.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Frank GAILEY  6.0ip 5h 2er 3bb 7k;
Tyler HERR (BS,1)  2.0ip 2h 2er 0bb 2k;
Michael CLICK (BS,2)(W,4-0)  1.0ip 5h 4er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Boss MOANAROA 3-5 (D-HR-3RBI); Connor PANAS 2-4 (2HR-3RBI);
Jay BAUM 2-5 (2D-2RBI); Kyle PERKINS 1-2 (HR-RBI);
Gabriel ARIAS 1-4 (HR-RBI); Cameron WARNER 1-3 (RBI);
Robbie PERKINS 1-4; Buddy REED 1-5 (D)

PITCHING:

Nick VEALE  2.2ip 6h 6er 3bb 1k;
Daniel SCHMIDT  2.1ip 2h 0er 0bb 1k;
Jake BOWEY  1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k;
Scott MITCHINSON  2.0ip 2h 2er 1bb 5k;
Cameron LAMB (BS,1)(L,1-1)  0.1ip 2h 2er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Michael BROSSEAU 4-5 (D-HR-5RBI); Tim KENNELLY 3-5;
Jake FRALEY 1-3 (HR-2RBI); Jesse WILLIAMS 1-4 (RBI);
Luke HUGHES 1-5 (HR-2RBI); Jake TURNBULL 1-1;
Garrett WHITLEY 1-5

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 4 - 17 DEC 2017 - Narrabundah

 

Team

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

PERTH

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

CANBERRA

0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 7 0
REPORT:  Cavalry pitchers Lake Bachar and Dan Lietz had kept Perth off the scoreboard through eight innings of highly impressive shutout pitching before the Heat, quite typically, fought it out to the death. San Diego Padres minor leaguer Bachar richly deserved the win after taking the ball into the seventh without a blemish, but that was snatched from his grasp when Perth found a way to tie it up in the top of the ninth. The Cavs scored via an error in the bottom of the third and again in the fourth when Robbie Perkins delivered a RBI double. New pro Cameron Warner added a third with his RBI single in the sixth and home fans could be content with a 3-0 lead late in the game. That all changed in a hurry when Canberra's pitching finally showed some cracks in the top of the ninth and a leadoff walk is always an alarm for any team. A single and two more walks had one run on the board for Perth before reliever Tayler Saucedo secured a couple of outs, yet he could not close the deal when Jesse Williams drove in a pair to knot it at 3-3. International tie-breaker rules came into force for extra innings that flowed into the eleventh when the hosts finally walked it off thanks to Robbie Perkins' game winning RBI single. Two extra innings games were a fillip for Canberra fans who welcomed the squared series heading into Christmas.

CANBERRA CAVALRY

PERTH HEAT

PITCHING:

Lake BACHAR  6.1ip 4h 0er 2bb 4k;
Dan LIETZ (H,3)  1.2ip 1h 2er 1bb 2k;
Tyler HERR  0.0ip 0h 1er 2bb 0k;
Tayler SAUCEDO (BS,1)(W,1-1)  3.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Cameron WARNER 2-3 (D-2RBI); Robbie PERKINS 2-5 (RBI);
David KANDILAS 1-3; Jay BAUM 1-4; Boss MOANAROA 1-4

PITCHING:

Tom BAILEY  5.2ip 3h 2er 2bb 1k;
Dylan THOMPSON  1.1ip 3h 0er 0bb 1k;
Jake BOWEY  1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k;
Alex BOSHERS (L,1-2)  2.1ip 1h 0er 1bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Luke HUGHES 2-4; Michael BROSSEAU 1-2 (D); Jake FRALEY 1-5;
Jesse WILLIAMS 1-4 (2RBI); Ulrich BOJARSKI 1-4 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  The travelling Perth Heat boasted the bigger offensive numbers, led by mighty import Michael Brosseau who owned seven hits, three doubles, two homers and nine RBIs. Tim Kennelly was next with eight safe hits, while Jake Fraley homered twice among his six hits for six runs batted in. Robbie Perkins had most hits for Canberra with six and Jay Baum had three doubles among his five hits for a team high four RBIs. We'll give the pitching honours to Canberra starters Brian Grening and Lake Bachar, plus Perth's Kyle Simon who was probably the overall best this weekend.

 

17 DEC 2017 - SYDNEY TAKES BIG 3-1 SERIES IN MELBOURNE!

OVERVIEW:   ACES 14R 34H 9E v BLUE SOX 21R 37H 5E --  However you cut it, this was a dreadfully disappointing series for the Melbourne Aces on home soil and a really uplifting result for the travelling Blue Sox. There was very little difference between the teams in terms of safe hits, but the Aces didn't make things happen at vital times and nine errors certainly helped Sydney to get the upper hand. The Aces have now drifted back into the lower half of the table and will bid goodbye to their Japanese contingent very shortly. It's a worry for them!

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 1 - 15 DEC 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 8 1

MELBOURNE

3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 4 9 2
REPORT:  Melbourne's former major league starter Mark Hamburger has had an up and down season so far but, when he is in this type of mood, he's just about as tough at it gets for ABL offences. At Altona tonight he worked rapidly through eight innings like a man in a hurry while allowing just the one run in his final frame of quality work. By that stage the home standing Aces had built a 4-0 lead, largely thanks to a first inning two RBI double from star catcher Allan de San Miguel who simply continues to be a "money man" in this league.
That three-run bottom of the first had Sydney's teenager Kyle Glogoski under the pump early, yet the recent New Zealand international player didn't drop the bundle to his credit. Aces' pro Ryan Dale added a fourth run via his RBI single in the sixth and that was plenty for Hamburger to pocket his second win of this campaign, while effective Japanese reliever Shunta Nakatsuka took his second save.
Spare a thought for former Minnesota Twins minor leaguer Jacob Younis who was just about a one man band for the Blue Sox with 4-4 and their only RBI on a night when Melbourne's pitching was a bit too good for his Sydney
team mates.

MELBOURNE ACES

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Mark HAMBURGER (W,2-2)  8.0ip 7h 1er 1bb 5k;
Shunta NAKATSUKA (S,2)  1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Tyler NESLONY 2-3; Allan de SAN MIGUEL 1-2 (D-2RBI);
Jordan BARNETT 1-1; Matthew ZABLAN 1-3; Delmon YOUNG 1-4;
Ryan DALE 1-4 (RBI); Darryl GEORGE 1-4; Marcus TOMLIN 1-4;
Brett CUMBERLAND 0-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Kyle GLOGOSKI (L,0-1)  4.0ip 5h 3er 1bb 3k;
Craig ANDERSON  3.0ip 2h 0er 1bb 3k;
Tom ROBERTS  1.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Jacob YOUNIS 4-4 (RBI); Michael CAMPBELL 1-3 (D);
Trent D'ANTONIO 1-3; Max BRENNEN 1-3; Michael SUCHY 1-4

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 2 - 16 DEC 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 8 1 0 0 0 0     9 8 1

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 1 4 0 0     5 10 1
REPORT:  Despite a losing record that really doesn't do him justice, Melbourne starter Kona Takahashi had been quite impressive, yet you got the feeling that his mind was already on the plane back home to Japan for Christmas when he floundered here tonight. A leadoff walk in the top of the second very rapidly unravelled into an eight run inning and Takahashi was done when Chih-Hsien Chiang clocked a two-run homer over right field. The Blue Sox batted around to take all of the oxygen out of home fans at Melbourne Ballpark at the start of a double header Saturday. A young Melbourne bullpen that featured debutants Liam Evans and Blake Townsend, along with recent pro signing Matt Beattie, did well to stabilise the situation for the Aces, but the damage had well and truly been done. With the big lead putting wind in his sails, Clayton Freimuth seemed to have the Aces under control until Jarryd Dale and Brett Cumberland both launched two-run homers to knock him out in the bottom of the fifth. Experienced German Sven Schueller did the rest to claim his first win of the season as Melbourne ran out of time to challenge any further in a seven-inning matinee game. It hardly mattered that the Aces eventually out-hit their guests 10-8 because that one horrible inning for Takahashi will send him off with a painful final memory from his time in our ABL. Not to mention the damage it has done to his statistics as Aces fans contemplate Melbourne's continued commitment to Japanese players.

MELBOURNE ACES

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Kona TAKAHASHI (L,1-3)  1.1ip 6h 7er 2bb 1k;
Matt MARKSBERRY  0.2ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k;
Liam EVANS  1.0ip 2h 1er 0bb 1k;
Matt BEATTIE  3.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k;
Blake TOWNSEND  0.2ip 0h 0er 1bb 0k;
Blake CUNNINGHAM  0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Brett CUMBERLAND 2-3 (HR-2RBI); Jarryd DALE 1-4 (HR-2RBI);
Darryl GEORGE 2-3; Marcus TOMLIN 2-3; Chris BURKE 1-1;
Tyler NESLONY 1-3; Allan de SAN MIGUEL  1-3 (D-RBI)

PITCHING:

Clayton FREIMUTH  4.2ip 9h 5er 2bb 4k;
Sven SCHUELLER (W,1-2)  2.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Chih-Hsien CHIANG 1-2 (HR-2RBI); Trent D'ANTONIO 1-3 (D-2RBI);
Max BRENNEN 1-3 (D-RBI); Jacob YOUNIS 1-3 (2RBI);
Michael SUCHY 1-3 (D); Michael CAMPBELL 1-3 (D);
Mitchell EDWARDS 1-3; Connor MacDONALD 1-4 (2RBI)

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 3 - 16 DEC 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

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

MELBOURNE

0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 3
REPORT:  The combined pitching effort of Luke Wilkins and Chang-Sung Ko gave the travelling Blue Sox the edge in a hard fought nightcap game in Melbourne tonight. With one of the best starts of his quite lengthy AMLB career, Luke Wilkins rode a sublime shutout into the seventh inning as the Aces offence simply could not solve him on this occasion. Josh Tols was also dealing effectively for the Aces until Sydney opened the scoring on a defensive error in the top of the fourth. A tight 1-0 game finally broke open in the top of the sixth when Jacob Younis doubled to lead off the frame and a three-run inning was posted when two runs scored on another defensive error by the over generous hosts. Melbourne's only run came in the bottom of the seventh from another defensive error as the teams committed three bloopers each, partly due to the tension in the game. Full credit must go to Wilkins and Ko for dominating here tonight.

MELBOURNE ACES

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Josh TOLS (L,2-2)  6.0ip 7h 2er 0bb 8k;
Christian MEISTER  2.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 3k;
Hei Chun LEE  1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Delmon YOUNG 2-4; Ryan DALE 1-3; Brett CUMBERLAND 1-4;
Jarryd DALE 1-4; Tyler NESLONY 1-4

PITCHING:

Luke WILKINS (W,2-2)  6.2ip 5h 0er 1bb 5k;
Chang-Sung KO (S,1)  2.1ip 1h 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

Michael SUCHY 2-4; Jacob YOUNIS 1-4 (D); Alex HOWE 1-4 (D);
Connor MacDONALD 1-4 (RBI); Chih-Hsien CHIANG 1-4 (RBI);
Trent D'ANTONIO 1-2 (D); Daniel LEE 1-2

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 4 - 17 DEC 2017 - Melbourne Ballpark

 

Team

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

SYDNEY

0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 13 0

MELBOURNE

1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 9 3
REPORT:  Unfortunately for Melbourne Aces fans, there can be little dispute that their pitching didn't hold up for them today and the experienced arms of the visiting Sydney Blue Sox had the better of this serious series finale. That being said, this game was locked at 2-2 through the middle innings and young pro Sam Street was pitching by far the best for Melbourne at that time. In fact, the Aces even led briefly 3-2 after seven innings before the wheels really fell off at the end. As part of his three-hit game, former major leaguer Delmon Young drove in a tying run in the bottom of the third after both teams had "scrambled" runs in the opening two frames. Melbourne mounted a two out rally in the seventh to walk across a go-ahead run, but that was the last of their ascendency for the afternoon. Sydney grabbed control against Japanese reliever Shunta Nakatsuka, who had been an asset for the Aces this season, with two in the eighth, then three more off Scott Shuman in the ninth. By the time that Tyler Neslony homered in the bottom of the ninth the game had long since disappeared in terms of a positive outcome for home fans. Atlanta Braves' pro Neslony could hold his head high with 2-2, the long ball and three walks to his credit. The Aces could have few complaints in the end as nine different Blue Sox hit safely and they won the hits count 13-9. Aside from import Chang-Sung Ko, Sydney pitching stalwarts Grattan, Anderson and Harris have a combined tenure of 44 years pitching in AMLB!

MELBOURNE ACES

SYDNEY BLUE SOX

PITCHING:

Jon KENNEDY  2.2ip 4h 2er 1bb 4k;
Sam STREET  3.1ip 2h 0er 0bb 2k;
Shunta NAKATSUKA (L,2-1)  1.1ip 3h 1er 1bb 2k;
Scott SHUMAN  1.2ip 4h 3er 1bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Delmon YOUNG 3-5 (D-RBI); Tyler NESLONY 2-2 (HR-RBI);
Brett CUMBERLAND 1-3 (RBI); Matthew ZABLAN 1-4;
Jarryd DALE 1-5; Darryl GEORGE 1-5;
Allan de SAN MIGUEL 0-3 (RBI)

PITCHING:

Todd GRATTAN  4.0ip 4h 2er 2bb 3k;
Craig ANDERSON  2.2ip 3h 1er 3bb 3k;
Chang-Sung KO (W,1-1)  0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k;
Vaughan HARRIS (S,1)  2.0ip 2h 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Lars ANDERSON 2-2 (RBI); Michael CAMPBELL 2-4;
Michael SUCHY 2-4; Max BRENNEN 2-5 (RBI); Jacob YOUNIS 1-5;
Alex HOWE 1-3 (RBI); Connor MacDONALD 1-4;
John COLLINS 1-4 (RBI); Chih-Hsien CHIANG 1-5 (D-RBI);
Trent D'ANTONIO 0-5 (RBI)

SERIES STARS:  Sydney's Jacob Younis enjoyed a most consistent weekend with seven hits, to nose ahead of import Michael Suchy who supplied six knocks. "Money Man" Chih-Hsien Chiang once again led the way with four RBIs for the Blue Sox who boasted twelve different hitters for the series in an even contribution. Melbourne was best served by Americans Delmon Young and Tyler Neslony with six hits each, while Alln de San Miguel and Brett Cumberland both drove in four. It may be difficult for Melbourne fans to remember the terrific start by Mark Hamburger in Game 1. He took the pitching MVP from Sydney's Game 3 starter Luke Wilkins who was also very good indeed.

17 DEC 2017 - BRISBANE HOLDS SWAY 3-1 IN ADELAIDE!

OVERVIEW:   Coming later...

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 1 - 15 DEC 2017 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

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

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
REPORT:  With apologies to former Australian cricketer Doug 'The Rug' Bollinger, Brisbane's import starter Ryan Bollinger was probably a bit more like the fine champagne brand Bollinger at West Beach tonight. Although he pitched briefly for the Chicago White Sox organisation, the 26yo American has plied his baseball trade as an Independent League journeyman and it is hard to imagine that he would have enjoyed many, if any, better outings than this one tonight. Bollinger struck out a dozen hapless Bite hitters while blitzing through a complete game, three hit, shutout that made it a bleak occasion for home fans in Adelaide. While he was putting up nothing but noughts on the home half of the scoreboard, the Bandits didn't need a whole lot of offence to cruise to victory. Adelaide starter Chris Powell had two outs in the top of the third when a walk and an Andrew Campbell double was compounded by a three-run "Johnson" off the major league calibre bat of Donald Lutz. Those three runs provided all of the scoring until Brisbane scooted away with five more over the last three stanzas. The final blow was a two-run homer from Andrew Campbell who capped off a terrific three hit night. He may have been in the frame for game MVP if not for the pitching heroics of Ryan Bollinger who has set a new benchmark for starting pitchers this season... top that!

ADELAIDE BITE

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Chris POWELL (L,1-3)  6.2ip 5h 3er 1bb 9k;
Nick HUTCHINGS  0.1ip 2h 0er 0bb 1k;
Christopher HORNE  2.0ip 5h 3er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Wilson LEE 1-3; Rodrigo AYARZA 1-4; Darius DAY 1-4

PITCHING:

Ryan BOLLINGER (W,2-1)  9.0ip 3h 0er 0bb 12k

OFFENCE:

Andrew CAMPBELL 3-5 (D-HR-2RBI); David SUTHERLAND 2-4 (D);
Chih-Sheng LIN 2-5 (D); Donald LUTZ 1-5 (HR-3RBI);
Adam WEISENBURGER 1-3 (RBI); Mitch NILSSON 1-4;
T.J BENNETT 1-4 (RBI); Wade DUTTON 1-4

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 2 - 16 DEC 2017 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

0 0 0 1 4 1 1     7 11 1

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 0 3 0     3 5 1
REPORT:  On a blustery day at West Beach, Brisbane's Hung-Wen Chen supplied five scoreless innings to put the Bandits firmly on course for another victory over the Adelaide Bite. Chen punched out seven with his admirable command to get the better of Adelaide stalwart Matt Williams who battled manfully as always. There was no score here this afternoon until Mitch Nilsson thumped his sixth home run of the season to lead off the top of the fourth that opened the portal for Brisbane to score in each of the last four frames. Aaron Whitefield and Wade Dutton both doubled during a four-run fifth and the visitors led 6-0 before the Bite finally found some traction in the bottom of the sixth. With Zac Treece taking the ball from Chen, Dutchman Bas Nooij "went yard" for two RBIs as Adelaide plated three, but it wasn't enough as the seven inning game ran out all too quickly. In the end Adelaide could have few complaints after being out-hit 5-11 and Brisbane can thank the masterly start provided by Hung-Wen Chen for their supremacy today.

ADELAIDE BITE

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Matt WILLIAMS (L,0-2)  4.0ip 7h 5er 2bb 5k;
Steven CHAMBERS  2.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 1k;
Jackson BREBNER-RUSS  1.0ip 2h 1er 0bb 0k

OFFENCE:

Rodrigo AYARZA 2-2; Mason CLAVELL 2-3;
Bas NOOIJ 1-3 (HR-2RBI)

PITCHING:

Hung-Wen CHEN (W,1-0)  5.0ip 3h 0er 0bb 7k;
Zac TREECE  1.0ip 2h 2er 1bb 0k;
Matt TIMMS  1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 2k

OFFENCE:

David SUTHERLAND 2-2 (2D); Mitch NILSSON 2-4 (D-HR-2RBI);
Chih-Sheng LIN 2-4; Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-4 (D-RBI);
Wade DUTTON 1-3 (D-2RBI); Logan WADE 1-3 (RBI);
Adam WEISENBURGER 1-3; T.J BENNETT 1-1

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 3 - 16 DEC 2017 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0

ADELAIDE

1 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 X 6 8 0
REPORT:  A home win that the Adelaide Bite badly needed came from a perhaps unlikely source when starting pitcher Greg Mosel turned around a 0-4 record with his first win of the 2017/18 season against a tough Brisbane batting lineup. Mosel worked cleanly through seven quality innings with eight strike out victims as the backbone of a strong pitching performance for the Bite here tonight. A one out walk and a balk gifted by major leaguer Travis Blackley helped Adelaide the get on the board in the bottom of the first before Venezuelan Rodrigo Ayarza came through with a big three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth. Blackley was saddled with his first loss of the campaign as Mosel cruised to his first win and Loek Van Mil served out the match in spite of Wade Dutton's consolation solo homer in the top of the eighth. To hold the Brisbane Bandits to five hits over a nine inning game is a brilliant effort these days... hats off to Greg Mosel!

ADELAIDE BITE

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Greg MOSEL (W,1-4)  7.0ip 4h 0er 1bb 8k;
Loek Van MIL  2.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 3k

OFFENCE:

Rodrigo AYARZA 1-3 (HR-3RBI); Stephen LOHR 2-4 (D-RBI);
Tai-San CHANG 2-4 (D-RBI); Wilson LEE 1-4 (RBI);
Isaias QUIROZ 1-3; Darius DAY 1-4

PITCHING:

Travis BLACKLEY (L,2-1)  5.1ip 5h 4er 2bb 6k;
Sam HOLLAND  1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 2k;
Chiu PIN-JUI  0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k;
Rhys NIIT  1.0ip 3h 2er 0bb 1k

OFFENCE:

Andrew CAMPBELL 2-3; Wade DUTTON 1-3 (HR-RBI);
Donald LUTZ 1-4 (D); Aaron WHITEFIELD 1-4

 
 

WEEK 5 - Game 4 - 17 DEC 2017 - Adelaide Shores

 

Team

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

BRISBANE

1 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 5    

ADELAIDE

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    
REPORT:  The visiting Brisbane Bandits' pitching has had Adelaide's offence under wraps for most of this away series and they dished up their second shutout at West Beach this afternoon to take the lollies 3-1. Justin Erasmus, Chiu Pin-Jui, Zac Treece, Matt Timms and Ryan Searle did the business for the Bandits who found enough offence to enjoy a fairly relaxed series finale. Major leaguer Donald Lutz went deep in the first innings to give the guests a lead that they maintained and built upon for a 5-0 victory. In a three-hit effort, national team star Logan Wade drove in a second run in the fourth to share the offensive honours with Adelaide teenager Curtis Mead who also nailed three hits as a lone hand for the Bite. With three more runs in the sixth, the 5-0 lead was a big as a mountain for the hosts against the relief crew of Treece, Timms and Searle who know how to finish off games better than most. It was a tough conclusion to a tough series at home for Adelaide who were obviously hoping for better. The Bandits just continue to roll on nicely as two-time defending Champions.

ADELAIDE BITE

BRISBANE BANDITS

PITCHING:

Max BEATTY

OFFENCE:

 

PITCHING:

Justin ERASMUS  4.1ip
Chiu PIN-JUI
Zac TREECE
Matt TIMMS
Ryan SEARLE

OFFENCE:

 

SERIES STARS:  Coming later...