Canberra shortstop takes home second consecutive Player of the Week award
By Jon Keller / TheABL.com.au
After a thrilling weekend of baseball which was full of star studded performances it is Casey Frawley and Lewis Thorpe who will be rewarded as the Delta Airlines Players of the Week for Round 6. Frawley, who is the reigning player of the week is currently the hottest hitter in the Australian Baseball League, whereas Lewis Thorpe is pitching on the hottest team in the league as the Melbourne Aces are winners of their last four games.
After raising his batting average to a league best .421, Frawley joins Perth Heat pitcher Mike Ekstrom as the only player to win multiple player of the week awards. The Canberra Cavalry shortstop had another monster week as he went 8-16 at the plate (.500) with two doubles, a home run, two stolen bases, six runs scored and five runs batted in. He played a huge role in each of Canberra’s two wins this weekend highlighted by a spectacular game in the series opener. In Thursday’s game against Sydney, Frawley went 4-5, with two doubles and three RBI.
Frawley is in position to make league history by winning the Triple Crown award and lead the league in the three major batting categories. He is currently first in batting average (.421), RBI (18) and his four home runs are just one shy of the lead league. Frawley’s chase for the Triple Crown will be a storyline worth following in the second half of the season.
Just as Frawley was doing his part to help his team win this weekend, Lewis Thorpe was doing the same for the Melbourne Aces. Thorpe pitched a gem on Thursday night as he surrendered just one hit to the Adelaide Bite. On the night, Thorpe threw seven innings of shutout ball while striking out eight batters and walking none. The Minnesota Twins prospect has been one of the most reliable pitchers in the league this season as he has allowed only three earned runs and four walks through his three starts this year. In fact his 1.72 ERA is second best amongst starting pitchers this year. If the Aces want to stay hot in the second half of the season and make a surge towards the top of the standings, they will need Thorpe to continue his solid pitching.
Canberra Recovers From Losses to Split Series With Sydney
By Stephanie Godlewski / theabl.com.au
It didn’t look good early for the Canberra Cavalry but halfway through the final game of a four-game series with the Sydney Blue Sox, the team shed the weight of the last two night’s losses to come back and win in spectacular fashion by a score of 8-7.
Cavalry starting pitcher Kyle Perkins, who spent the first two games of the series on the offensive side of the plate, looked uncomfortable on the mound, something the Blue Sox were able to capitalize on early, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. Perkins was able to settle in and the next two innings the score remained 5-0 Sydney. But in the top of the fourth the Sox tacked on two more runs and things didn’t look good for the Cavalry, down 7-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, the spark the Cavalry was looking for came from an unlikely source, right fielder Ben Warner. The native Canberran had struggled this season, not playing much and having trouble capitalizing on the opportunities he did have at the plate. But it was his night as Warner smashed a double to left field and was brought home later by left fielder Casey Frawley. Frawley then crossed the plate himself moments later on a double from third baseman Jeremy Barnes, bringing the score to 7-2.
The nugget of hope was all the Cavalry fans needed to get on their feet and make the Fort a formidable place to be wearing powder blue. They were screaming and cheering as Michael Crouse headed to the plate to kick off the bottom of the sixth. Shouts of Crouse’s nickname, Trigger, continued even after two strikes appeared on the board. The tall center fielder rewarded his fans by smashing a 122-meter homer over the centerfield fence.
“The guy threw two fast balls right by me¬ so I knew he was going to try and challenge me again. I didn’t want to go too big, just see the fast ball out and I got barrel on it,” Crouse shrugged after the game.
From then on the boys were back in town and ready to kick the Sox out of their house. They tallied two more runs after Crouse’s solo home run and one in the seventh, entering the bottom of the eighth still trailing the Blue Sox 7-6. But that was when the Sox began to make some mistakes, the first of which was walking the league leader in stolen bases, second baseman Jon Berti. The next mistake came in walking powerhouse hitter Frawley, preferring to face Barnes.
Berti stole third base and Frawley stole second before Barnes smashed a single to bring Berti home, tying the score. The Fort erupted as the run song pumped over the speakers, fans screaming and applauding their boys to victory. Crouse took to the plate and pulled the trigger once more hitting a single and bringing Barnes home to take the lead and eventually the game.
Crouse said the team just needed to pull together, settle in and play their game.
“After we gave up the runs early in the game, we d-ed up giving out hitters a chance to go out there and put up some runs and come back,” Crouse said. “I feel like in baseball you can hit that spot where you drag a little bit and I think that was this weekend. With a win like this I think we’ll be right back on track headed to Perth next weekend.”
The Cavalry will be facing the Perth Heat for three day, four game series. The team then returns the Fort to play the Heat in another four games on their home turf 20- 22 December. The Heat are currently tied with the Cavalry for first place in the league and will need plenty of support to edge them out.
Sydney (9-9) 500 200 000 7r 12h 0e
Canberra (12-7) 000 023 12x 8r 13h 3e
W: Massingham (3-0) L: Rae (0-1) S: Toler (4)
HR: SYD: D’Antonio (1, 4th inning off Perkins, Ky, 1 on, 2 out) CAN: Crouse (2, 6th inning off Van Steensel, 0 on, 0 out)
Sydney Hits: May, D’Antonio 2, DeMichele 4, Dean 2, Schmutter 3
Sydney RBI: Younis, Schmutter 2, D’Antonio 2
Canberra Hits: Opitz, Frawley 2, Barnes 2, Murphy, Crouse 3, Wells 2, R. Perkins, Warner
Canberra RBI: Frawley, Barnes 2, Crouse 2, Berti, R. Perkins
TEAM W-L GB
CAN 12-7 -
PER 12-7 -
MEL 9-9 2.5
SYD 9-9 2.5
ADE 7-11 4.5
BRI 6-12 5.5
Sutherland’s pair of jacks drive home offence
By Tyler Maun / TheABL.com.au
Staring down the barrel of a series loss after defeats in the first two games of their Round 6 series, the Brisbane Bandits had to do it the hard way to stave off the Perth Heat at Holloway Field. Mission accomplished.
Brisbane rode two homers from David Sutherland and another by Ryan Battaglia to a series split with the Heat, seizing on the momentum of a strong Casey Barnes start, as well, in a 6-1 win Sunday afternoon.
Sutherland and Battaglia, in fact, accounted for five of the Bandits’ six Sunday runs. Sutherland led off the bottom of the second with a solo home run, and Brisbane added another run in that dig on a Justin O’Conner single.
One inning later, it was Sutherland again, blasting Dan Schmidt over the right field wall to extend the Brisbane advantage to 5-0. Battaglia followed with a solo home run of his own, and the Bandits had all the offensive supply they would need.
Barnes (W, 2-2) pitched through seven, allowing a run on a Matt Kennelly solo home run in his final dig but only surrendering three hits en route to the win. Schmidt (L, 1-2) departed after the third, charged with all six Bandits runs as earned in the defeat.
Mickey Jannis and Andrew Aizenstadt combined to hold the Heat off the board over the final two innings on Sunday. Brisbane has now earned consecutive wins for the first time since winning three straight from 2-3 November.
In Round 7, the Heat return home to host Canberra in a long-anticipated rematch of last season’s ABL Championship Series while Brisbane welcome the Aces to Holloway Field.
Perth (12-7) 000 000 100 1r 4h 1e
Brisbane (6-12) 024 000 00x 6r 9h 0e
W: Barnes (2-2) L: Schmidt (1-2) S: none
HR: PER: Kennelly, M (4, 7th inning off Barnes, 0 on, 2 out) BRI: Sutherland 2 (5, 2nd inning off Schmidt, 0 on, 0 out; 3rd inning off Schmidt, 2 on, 1 out), Battaglia (5, 3rd inning off Schmidt, 0 on, 1 out)
Perth Hits: Nathans, M. Kennelly 2, Barber
Perth RBI: M. Kennelly
Brisbane Hits: Bradley, Roberts, Rickard, Sutherland 2, Battaglia 2, O’Conner, Wade
Brisbane RBI: Sutherland 4, O’Conner, Battaglia
The Melbourne Aces beat the Adelaide Bite 4-1 Sunday at Melbourne Ballpark, sweeping the four-game series.
This is the second time in Melbourne Aces’ history that a four-game sweep has occurred. Adelaide’s offence looked anaemic, as they couldn’t muster nearly any runs in three of the four games played over the series.
Left-hander Lewis Thorpe needed a turnaround start after his previous two disappointing starts. He looked anything but disappointing, dominating the Bite lineup. He threw seven strong innings, six of which were perfect, and struck out eight. On his appearance, Thorpe said, “It’s a good feeling, it’s a good sweep. I just went out there and had two bad outings prior to this and just tried to do the same thing that I did over there and it worked. I just felt in a groove, and when you’re in a groove you don’t think and you just throw the ball.”
The offence of the day occurred in the bottom of the third inning, when first baseman Jared Schlehuber continued his hot hitting with a three-run home run to left field. The Aces never looked back from there, racking up eight hits and playing some really solid defence.
Newly acquired righty Eric Marzec relieved Thorpe in the eighth. Even though he got himself into a jam in the top of the ninth giving up a run, he still kept Adelaide guessing by allowing just three hits and striking out three.
The Aces will be on the road next week, 13 – 15 December at Brisbane and return home to host the ABL All-Star Game 18 December, where 13 total Aces will be playing.
For the World Team, Melbourne will be represented by Joe Burns, Brett Zawacki, Jared Schlehuber, Ryan Casteel, and Komei Fujisawa.
On Team Australia will be Justin Erasmus, Lewis Thorpe, John Hussey, Andrew Russell, Josh Davies, Darryl George, Brad Harman, and Justin Huber. Coaching will be Tony Harris and Phil Dale.
Adelaide (7-11) 000 000 001 1r 4h 0e
Melbourne (9-9) 003 010 00x 4r 8h 0e
W: Thorpe (1-1) L: Brueggemann (2-2) S: none
HR: ADE: none MEL: Schlehuber (3, 3rd inning off Brueggemann, 2 on, 1 out)
Adelaide Hits: Sclafani, Welch, Jacobs, Adamson
Adelaide RBI: Welch
Melbourne Hits: Trapp, Harman 2, Massey, Schlehuber, Davies, Huber
Melbourne RBI: Schlehuber 3, Davies
By Gilbert Gardiner/Herald Sun
MELBOURNE is faced with a golden opportunity to sweep Adelaide and reignite its Australian Baseball League campaign.
The Aces hold a commanding 3-0 lead in the best of four set at Melbourne Ballpark ahead of today’s 2.05pm finale.
The one-time cellar dweller Aces now find themselves in fourth, one win shy of third-placed Sydney Blue Sox.
Aces outfielder Tyler Massey sealed yesterday’s thrilling 5-4 win with a walk-off single in the 11th to score Justin Trapp from second.
With scores locked at 4-4 going into the 11th, Trapp worked a lead-off walk before veteran Brad Harman’s sacrifice bunt put the Kansas City Royals minor leaguer in scoring position.
Aces reliever Justin Erasmus (1-2, 3.95 ERA) was credited with the win, his first in Aces strips since joining the club from Brisbane during the off-season.
The right-hander allowed just two hits across four innings of work, cleaning up after the Aces coughed up a one-run lead in the seventh.
Japanese import Komei Fujisawa, on loan from Nippon Professional Baseball’s Seibu Lions, kept the Aces in touch after the Bite made a fast start scoring in each of the first three innings.
But Fujisawa responded, with two hits, including a two-run triple in the fourth.
Unfortunately, Aces first-baseman Jared Schlehuber was unable to make solid contact, snapping a 14-game hit streak.
But the victory capped a stellar day for the Aces who also took out game one of the double-header 3-0 following catcher Ryan Casteel’s third home run in as many outings.
Casteel jumped on a fifth-inning fastball driving it way over the left field wall.
The home side then added two insurance runs to break the Bite.
Aces starter John Hussey (2-3, 3.91 ERA) led the charge throwing six innings.
The Mornington native, who has relished his move to no.2 starter behind Texas Rangers ace Joe Burns, allowed five hits, walked one while striking out three.
Closer Brett Zawacki (0-1, 1.74 ERA) iced the earlier game striking out two in the final dig to secure his second save of the season.
Zawacki has proved to be a revelation allowing just two runs in 10 innings of work this season.
Brisbane end losing streak with game two win
By Benjamin Scott / Brisbane Bandits
The Brisbane Bandits and the Perth Heat have played out a hard fought split of their double header Saturday at Holloway Field. Game one saw Perth get the win 4-3 with Brisbane getting up in game two 3-0.
A one out Josh Roberts’ home run got things going in the first for the Bandits as they went ahead 1-0 against Perth starter Jack Frawley. The home run was Roberts second of the year and put Brisbane ahead for the first time in the series.
Brisbane’s lead would be short lived as the Heat scored three runs in the second thanks to a Matt Kennelly two run home run and a George Barber double made it 3-1. Brisbane starter Craig Goodman would then settle down after the second going four innings, striking out two.
In the fourth, Brisbane cut the lead in half as David Sutherland doubled in Brad Dutton with none out. Then, with runners at first and second and none out Brisbane had a chance to take the lead but a misplaced Ryan Battaglia bunt led to Sutherland being out at third. A Justin O’Connor strike out and a Logan Wade ground out followed to leave the score 3-2.
The Bandits would finally tie up the game as the ‘Muskets’ tag team of Andrew Campbell and Josh Roberts both singled before a Joey Rickard ground out made it 3-3.
Perth would take the lead again in the eighth with a Matt Kennelly sacrifice fly off Brisbane closer Andrew Aizenstadt scored Brandon Tripp. In the bottom of the inning the Bandits would get the tying run to second but Logan Wade was unable to get the walk off victory as he flew out to deep centre field.
With Ryan Searle making his first start of the year, the Brisbane Bandits started game two well, as Joey Rickard tripled in Josh Roberts before Brad Dutton then brought Rickard home to make it 2-0.
Searle, who has been on the shelf so far this season put in a fantastic effort going five innings, striking out six while only allowing four hits.
Scoring would be hard to come by in game two of the double header as both starters provided great starts for their perspective clubs.
The score would be locked at 2-0 until the seventh inning when Ryan Battaglia homered over the left field fence making it 3-0.
Once Searle gave way, the game was in the hands of the Bandits bull pen as a combination of Tim Brechbuehler (one inning), Matt Bates (two innings) kept the Heat off the board.
In the ninth, Tristan Crawford came in for the save. After walking the first two hitters, Crawford got a flyout before getting Matt Kennelly to ground into a double game ending the game with the Bandits winning 3-0.
On Sunday the Bandits will try and split the series against the Heat sending Casey Barnes to the hill against Heat left hander Daniel Schmidt. First pitch will be at 1:00pm.
Perth (12-5) 030 000 01x 4r 9h 1e
Brisbane (4-12) 100 110 00x 3r 7h 1e
W: Mitchinson (2-0) L: Aizenstadt (1-2) S: none
HR: PER: Kennelly, M (3, 2nd inning off Goodman, 1 on, 1 out) BRI: Roberts (2, 1st inning off Frawley, 0 on, 1 out)
Perth Hits: Adamson, Tripp, T. Kennelly 3, M. Kennelly, Barron, S. Kennelly, Barber
Perth RBI: M. Kennelly 3, Barber
Brisbane Hits: Campbell, Roberts 2, Sutherland 2, O’Conner, Wade
Brisbane RBI: Roberts, Sutherland, Rickard
By Stephanie Godlewski / theabl.com.au
The Canberra Cavalry struggled again in game three of a four game series against the Sydney Blue Sox. Though a large rowdy crowd came out to cheer them on at the Fort, the team was unable to work together and fell to the Sydney by a score of 8-1.
The Cavalry came out swinging in the bottom of first, but it turned out to be the only swinging they would do all game. Second baseman Jon Berti was walked and capitalized on the opportunity, by stealing both second and third base, as he headed to third Blue Sox catcher Daniel Arribas overthrew the third baseman and Berti was able to make it home on the error.
It wasn’t until the top of the third that the Blue Sox were able to strike back, like the Cavalry, with the help of an error. Cavalry starting pitcher Jeff Lyman walked centerfielder Jacob May, who then was able to advance to third when Lyman committed an error on a pick off attempt. May was then able to cross the plate when shortstop Trent D’Antonio grounded out, to tie the score at one.
The momentum stayed on the Sox side in the top of the sixth they were able to cross the plate three more times making the score 4-1. They added another run in the top of the eighth during some confusion by the runners, but it was in the top of the ninth they did the most damage.
Blue Sox second baseman Michael Lysaught and May hit back to back singles before D’Antonio brought one in on a single of his own. Joshua Dean then nailed a double bringing two more across the plate, bringing the score to 8-1. The Cavalry were finally able to get out of the half inning but couldn’t get any more runs on the board.
The Sox starter Aaron Sookee (2-2, 3.04) collected the win, going 6 1/3 innings, scattering five hits with five strikeouts. Canberra’s Jeff Lyman (1-1, 3.86) would take the loss, giving up four runs in his 5 1/3 frames.
For the second night in a row the Fort deflated as the zeros appeared for the home team on the scoreboard after each inning. Numerous fans even decided to get a jump on the ride home and left early. But those that stayed tried to ignite the team in the bottom of the ninth screaming themselves hoarse to no avail and the Blue Sox closed the door with a final score of 8-1.
Cavalry manager Michael “Tubby” Collins had a quiet composure after the game and a look of determination in his eyes as he spoke of the final matchup in the four game series scheduled for the next day. Tubby said it was time for the Cavalry to become a team again.
“I think we just need to get back to our team game tomorrow,” Tubby said. “I think the last couple of games there’s not been a real good effort one through nine of the batting order and our pitchers struggled. I think we need to be on the same page as a group and one through nine of the order on the same page, all working on the same plan back to our team game.”
Sydney (9-8) 001 003 013 8r 12h 2e
Canberra (11-7) 100 000 000 1r 6h 2e
W: Sookee (2-2) L: Lyman (1-1) S: Wilkins (1)
HR: SYD: none CAN: none
Sydney Hits: May 2, D’Antonio, Dean 3, Shepherd 2, Younis 2, Schmutter, Lysaught
Sydney RBI: D’Antonio 2, Shepherd, Younis, Schmutter, Dean 2
Canberra Hits: Frawley, Barnes, Crouse, J. Sloan 2, A. Sloan
Canberra RBI: none
The Melbourne Aces swept Saturday’s doubleheader over the Adelaide Bite at Melbourne Ballpark.
Stingy pitching and timely hitting was the theme in the first of two in Saturday’s doubleheader as the Aces shutout the Bite for the second straight time with a final score of 3-0.
Starter John Hussey gave Adelaide a fit as he was in All-Star form, going six solid innings. He gave up five hits, walked one batter and struck out three.
Adelaide lefty pitcher Fu-Te Ni tried his best to put down the Aces, he gave the Bite four innings, allowed three hits and walked one.
The big hit of the game was once again by catcher Ryan Casteel as the All-Star homered for the second straight game. His offence allowed Melbourne to pull out the victory and to allow righty Brett Zawacki to close out the game, earning him his second save of the season.
Saturday’s nightcap was a different story as it was a constant back-and-forth of scoring and ended up with a Melbourne win in the bottom of the 11th inning, winning 5-4 over the Bite.
Adelaide kept fighting back all night, but came up short when right-handed reliever Matt Williams gave up a walk to centre fielder Justin Trapp and a hit to right fielder Tyler Massey, allowing the winning run to cross the plate.
Aces Manager Phil Dale noticed the team effort Saturday, and the positive outings his players had: “Guys who have come in and haven’t had that much success came through and really contributed today’s win. Our relief pitching was outstanding, our starters both gave us a chance and our hitting came through too.”
With Saturday’s wins, Melbourne overtakes Adelaide’s fourth spot in the standings with a record of 8-9. Dale recognised the game’s importance and said, “It’s a great feeling, we’re getting closer to .500 now, so tomorrow’s going to be a very important game for us and it should put us back in the mix of things if we do well.”
On Sunday, Melbourne sends left-hander Lewis Thorpe (0-1, 3.12) to the mound with first pitch set at 2:05pm.
Perth (12-6) 000 000 000 0r 5h 0e
Brisbane (5-12) 200 000 10x 3r 6h 0e
W: Searle (1-0) L: Claggett (2-1) S: T. Crawford (1)
HR: PER: none BRI: Battaglia (4, 7th inning off Claggett, 0 on, 2 out)
Perth Hits: Adamson, Nathans, Tripp, T. Kennelly, Barron
Perth RBI: none
Brisbane Hits: Campbell, Rickard 2, Battaglia, Evans, Bradley
Brisbane RBI: Rickard, B. Dutton, Battaglia
Cavalry Manager named ACT Coach of the Year
By Stephanie Godlewski / theabl.com.au
While Michael Collins, affectionately known as Tubby, was leading the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, on the field last night, the Tradies Sports Star of the Year for 2013 awards dinner was happening down the road. Due to his strong leadership and the play of the team he leads, Collins was named Mix 106.3fm Coach Sports Star of the Year as the best Coach in the Australian Capital Territory for 2013.
Collins faced stiff competition for the honour, with ACT Brumbies (Rugby Union) coach Jake White and ACT Open Men’s Softball coach Darren Hebditch the other two finalists. White lead the Brumbies to the Grand Final of the Super 15 Rugby competition, and Hebditch’s team went undefeated for the second year in a row and won a record 12th national title.
Word got to the Fort around the seventh inning about Collins’ win, where the crowd gave the humble leader a standing ovation.
“We have a great team,” Collins said. “We all work together with the common goal, and if it weren’t for the guys we have had here the last two years I wouldn’t have received this award.”
Collins has been credited by the media for the Cavalry’s outstanding resurgence. The first two seasons the Cavalry finished the Australian Baseball League in last place. Collins played on those teams, being named team MVP and leading the league in hitting in 2010-11. Everything changed for the Cavalry when Collins stepped in to coach the team prior to the 2012-13 campaign.
“Steve is a big part of the Cavalry’s continual success,” Collins said of his predecessor Steve Schrenk. “He laid a strong foundation for the team which put us in a good position to win.”
The Cavalry won the 2013 Australian Baseball League, bringing the Claxton Shield to the ACT for the first time in the almost 80 year history of the national baseball trophy. He continued to lead the team to big wins, as the Cavalry made history in November wining the Asia Series.
“We have a special group of guys that believe in each other,” Collins said of his team. “We train hard, play hard, and in the end it has paid off. Personal awards are nice, but our entire team has worked hard and I couldn’t be prouder.”
Collins, 29, played ten seasons of affiliated baseball in both the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the San Diego Padres systems, making it one step away from the majors. When his playing career came to a close, the Padres started grooming him to take a leadership position with the team. He coached the Padres Dominican Summer League team for two seasons, and this past year he was the head coach of the Padres Rookie Ball team in Arizona, USA. After this season Collins will return to the Padres system, while his next assignment has not been made official, it is anticipated that he will continue to advance in the Padres System.
“Michael is a phenomenal coach and an even better man,” Cavalry General Manager Thom Carter said about Collins winning the award. “In my opinion Michael is the best baseball coach in the country and had his young age the sky is the limit. I get a special view of his leadership abilities and watching how ball players from around the world respond to his vision shows me that he is well deserving of this award.”
Due to the success of the teams that he has lead, Collins has been named the head coach of the World team in the ABL All Star game. The game is being played in Melbourne on 18 December. Cavalry players Jon Berti, Michael Crouse, Jack Murphy, Casey Frawley, Sean Toler, and Nick Pugliese join Collins for the game. For information and tickets to the ABL All Star game visit http://www.theabl.com.au or call the ABL at 8226 0225
The Collins lead Cavalry return to action tonight, Saturday, in game three of their four game series against the rival Sydney Blue Sox. The Cavalry took game one with the Sox winning on Friday night.
A three hit, eight inning effort by Mike Ekstrom was enough for the Perth Heat Friday night as they beat the Brisbane Bandits 3-1.
In what has been a trend over the last few series, the Bandits found themselves down early thanks to a first inning home run by Perth third baseman Tucker Nathans. In the sixth, Perth would further their lead as Tucker Nathans doubled in Joey Wong to make it 2-0
In a well pitched game, Perth starter Mike Ekstrom took a no hitter into the fifth inning before Andrew Campbell broke it up with a two out infield single.
Bandits starter Alex Kaminsky pitched six solid innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out four. For the Heat, Mike Ekstrom was outstanding throwing eight innings of three hit ball, walking two and striking out eight. With his efforts Ekstrom lowered his ERA to 0.24.
In the eighth inning Brisbane had a chance to tie the game as they managed to load the bases with one out. With the bases loaded though Brisbane’s best hitter so far this year Joey Rickard was unable to capitalise as he popped out to the catcher. Josh Roberts then had an opportunity but ground out to second.
In the ninth, Brisbane would again have an opportunity to tie the game as Sutherland and Leonard both reached with one out before a walk loaded the bases for Justin O’Connor. The catcher squeaked out a single over the second basemen to make it 3-1, but that would be all as Logan Wade grounded into a double play to end the game.
On Saturday, the Bandits will play a double header with first pitch of game one at 3:30pm. Game two will be for 6:30pm. In the break between the double header, fans in attendance will be treated to the Bandits Celebrity Baseball game in support of the Leukaemia Foundation.
Perth (11-5) 100 001 010 3r 6h 1e
Brisbane (4-11) 000 000 001 1r 5h 2e
W: Ekstrom (4-0) L: Kaminsky (1-2) S: Wise (4)
HR: PER: Nathans (1, 1st inning off Kaminsky, 0 on, 2 out) BRI: none
Perth Hits: Adamson, Nathans 3, Tripp, M. Kennelly
Perth RBI: Nathans 2, Tripp
Brisbane Hits: B. Dutton, Sutherland, Campbell, O’Conner 2
Brisbane RBI: O’Conner