League’s top two teams boast Round 3 honourees
By Tyler Maun /theabl.com.au
With three weeks of Australian Baseball League play in the books, the Brisbane Bandits are atop the table in pursuit of their first ABL Postseason trip. Tampa Bay Rays import Thomas Coyle helped spark the Bandits to their second straight series victory over the Melbourne Aces, earning Delta Air Lines Player of the Week accolades for Round 3. Down the coast in Sydney, Blue Sox left-hander Craig Anderson rode a complete-game shutout to Pitcher of the Week honours.
Coyle got the start for the Bandits at second base in all four games of their home set against the Aces and batted .500 (8-from-16) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, five runs scored, and six runs batted in. Coyle also stole two bases and walked twice. Brisbane dropped their Round 3 series opener but rebounded to win three straight over Melbourne. The Bandits have now won eight of their last 10 games to surge to the top of the ABL ladder.
Over the course of his 12 games played this season, Coyle is batting .348, the ninth-best mark in the ABL. The Rays minor leaguer ranks in a tie for first place in the league with eight extra-base hits and leads the league with 31 total bases. He checks in second in hits (16) and RBIs (nine) and ranks in the top five in at-bats, runs scored, and slugging percentage.
In New South Wales, southpaw Anderson bounced back from his first loss of the season with a dominant victory over the Canberra Cavalry. The 34-year-old pitched the first complete-game shutout of his ABL career, silencing the Cavalry over nine innings en route to a 2-0 Blue Sox win. Anderson struck out six batters, walked two, and allowed just four hits in the victory, improving to 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA through three outings.
Sydney won the first two games of their Round 3 series before falling in the final two. The Blue Sox are now 7-5 overall this season, one game back of the Bandits on the table. Anderson’s award marks Sydney’s second straight for a pitcher after teammate Markus Solbach claimed Round 2 honours.
The Sox travel to Victoria in Round 4 to clash with the Aces for four games at Melbourne Ballpark. The Bandits, too, hit the road. Brisbane venture to Norwood Oval to battle the Adelaide Bite.
In an indication of how much they believe he is destined for their Major League team in the very near future the Minnesota Twins have re-signed minor league free agent James Beresford.
He played the whole 2014 season in AAA where he hit .276 over 131 games and 507 ABs with 47 RBI.
We know he is not a long ball hitter, having hit only 2 home runs in 2014. In fact that is his best season with the long ball as he has only hit 3 HRs in his whole professional career. He has always been a little under strength and both he and the Twins have worked hard on trying to get him to put on some size and increase his strength.
No doubt he will be with the Twins in Spring Training and depending on roster circumstances and his performances he might even get a call up to the Major League for the start of the 2015 season. GM Terry Ryan said he was very close to getting a call up last September.
He really is a Major Leaguer in the making and stands a good chance of being our next Aussie in The Show.
Stefan Welch and David Kandilas remain the only other Aussie free agents without a 2015 contract. Kandilas has had a very good start to his 2014/15 ABL season with the Blue Sox whilst Welch is yet to play for the Bite following his recent marriage.
By Kristine Tarbert/Penrith Press
Trent Oeltjen has been everywhere man and is now looking to share some of his 14 years of professional baseball experience with the Penrith Baseball Club.
The 31-year-old outfielder made his Major League Baseball debut in 2009 for the Arizona Diamondbacks, played for the LA Dodgers and won a silver medal at the Olympics with the Australian team in 2004.
“I started playing baseball at about five years. My dad’s actually American so he first got me into the sport,” Oeltjen said.
“I made my first state team as under-14s. Then from that I made my first Australian team when I was 16 and then I signed professionally when I was 17 and left as soon as I finished high school.”
Oeltjen has been playing for the Sydney Blue Sox in the Australian Baseball League during the American off season and said he loved how much the sport had grown.
“It’s been an amazing journey and now I take pride in coming back and helping out other juniors and friends, and just having fun in Australia and helping grow the game,” he said.
“Some of my favourite times playing baseball have been representing my country. It’s something that as a kid you always look forward to and it’s always fun coming back to play.”
Through baseball, Oeltjen has been able to travel all over the world including Mexico, Taiwan, Canada and more, but said playing in MLB ranked at the top of his experiences.
“Everyone is the best from where they came from and the cream sort of rises to the top,” he said.
“As you move up through the minor league ranks there are less and less spots and then when you finally get to breaking into the major leagues it’s quite amazing.”
Having played with Penrith head coach Shane Summerford in the early days Oeltjen seized the chance to join the Panthers and help the club grow.
“Joining the Penrith club so far it’s been absolutely amazing. Shane’s a good mate of mine,” he said.
“I approached him if I could come out and if there was any way I could help out the club I would love to and get kids into the game.
“I played my first game against Cronulla and it was a great turnout. There’s no doubt in my mind we will be premiers this year for sure.”
■ Oeltjen and other Penrith and Blue Sox players will be running holiday camps
■ December 22-23 and January 19-21
■ Visit Penrith Baseball website or Facebook page
Perth Heat 4, Adelaide Bite 2 – Round 3, Game 4
ADELAIDE – The Perth Heat went head-to-head against the Adelaide Bite in their final game of the series on Sunday and left town with a series split, courtesy of a 4-2 win over the Bite.
After a scoreless first inning, the Heat took the lead in the second. Brian Pointer hit an RBI single to run in Nick Rulli to put the Heat at 1-0. Tim Kennelly doubled the score in the third with a leadoff solo homer to center field, followed by his brother, Matt Kennelly, scoring off a sacrifice fly by Allan de San Miguel.
In the bottom of the fourth with Adelaide’s Tom Brice batting, Aaron Miller stole third base. Brice proceeded to hit a double, plating Miller and putting the Bite on the board, 3-1. Heat manager Steve Fish was then ejected from the game after arguing a call at second base.
The game picked up again in the bottom of the eighth. The Bite scored on a sac fly, closing the gap to 3-2. Luke Hughes was then ejected after a controversial play at third. Rulli proceeded to start off the ninth with a solo homer to make the score 4-2.
Tom Bailey pitched a strong game from the mound. He threw for 3 1/3 solid innings with six strike outs. Cameron Lamb relieved Bailey in the fourth after the ejection of Fish. Lamb was in for 1 2/3 innings, pitching two strikeouts and allowing zero hits. Jorge Marban took the mound in the bottom of the sixth for two innings and Liam Baron pitched for two hitters in the eighth before being replaced by Chad Robinson who closed the game. Collectively the relievers didn’t allow any hits for the remainder of the game.
The Perth Heat will play the Canberra Cavalry in their next home series commencing Thursday, 20 November at 7:20pm AWST at Barbagallo Ballpark. Overall the Heat are 4-4 and will continue to defend the Claxton Shield.
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Adelaide (4-4) 000 100 010 2r 4h 1e
Perth: T Bailey 3 1/3ip 4h 1r 6k 1w C Lamb (W, 1-1) 1 2/3ip 0h 0r 2k 2w J Marban 2ip 0h 0r 1k 3w L Baron 0ip 0h 1r 0er 0k 2w C Robinson (S, 1) 2ip 0h 0r 3k 0w to A de San Miguel.
Hits: B Pointer 1 T Kennelly 2 (hr) T Smith 1 M Kennelly 1 T Nakagawa 1 A de San Miguel 1 N Rulli 2 (hr).
Adelaide: D Fidge (L, 0-1) 3 1/3ip 7h 3r 1k 2w T Brunnemann 3 1/3ip 0h 0r 2k 1w W Mathis 1 2/3ip 1h 1r 0k 2w M Williams 2/3ip 1h 0r 1k 0w to R Gale.
Hits: B Dixon 1 A Miller 1 T Brice 1 C Maddox 1.
Brisbane Bandits 12, Melbourne Aces 6 – Round 3, Game 4
BRISBANE – As the weekend came to a close, the Brisbane Bandits entered game four against the Melbourne Aces looking to clinch their second series in a row. After some great defensive plays by the home team, the Bandits put runs on the board early and often, resulting in a 12-6 win. The Bandits took the series victory and improved their record to 8-4.
After great defensive plays in the outfield by Johnny Field, the Bandits came to the plate in the second inning and got on the board. Second baseman Tommy Coyle doubled to left, scoring Kuan-Wei Yang to put the Bandits ahead 1-0. Melbourne then tied the score in the third inning on a Josh Hendricks’ home run.
With the score knotted up at 1-1, Brisbane’s Logan Wade hit his third home run of the year and second of the series to put the Bandits back on top 2-1. The score was then increased to 3-1 when Johnny Field stole third base and scored on an overthrow on the play.
The Bandits broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth. Brisbane pushed three runs across the plate on singles by Maxx Tissenbaum and Logan Wade, pushing the lead to 6-2 entering the fifth inning.
The Aces narrowed the score 7-5 in the seventh inning, but the Bandits responded with their biggest inning of the game. Pitching troubles from the Aces bullpen led to five runs crossing the plate for the Bandits, extending the lead to 12-5.
With one last chance in the ninth, the Aces added a run, but Brisbane was able to close out the win and the series victory. The Bandits will head the Adelaide this coming weekend to face off against the Bite.
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Brisbane (8-4) 012 301 50x 12r 14h 1e
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Hits: A Engel 1 B Harman 2 D Cozens 2 (hr) J Davies 2 C Numata 3 J Hendricks 2.
Brisbane: J Shergill 3ip 3h 2r 1k 1w J Jarvis 2ip 4h 2r 1k 0w D Cooper (W, 1-0) 2ip 2h 1r 1k 0w S-H Huang 2ip 3h 1r 2k 1w to M Tissenbaum.
Hits: J Field 1 G Goetzman 1 CJ Beatty 1 K-W Yang 2 R Battaglia 3 T Coyle 2 (hr) M Tissenbaum 2 L Wade 2 (hr).
Canberra Cavalry 11, Sydney Blue Sox 6 – Round 3, Game 4
SYDNEY – After an impressive win Saturday night, the Canberra Cavalry were back in action again, for game four against the Blue Sox in Sydney. The game got off to a slow start but an impressive sixth and seventh inning for the Cavalry led them to an 11-6 win over the Blue Sox.
It was a slow start to the game with no runs registered in the first two innings. The Cavalry once again gave up the first run in bottom of the third to a massive Trent Oeltjen homer, putting the Blue Sox up 1-0. A massive hit to Jack Murphy’s left collarbone in the bottom of the third threatened the Cavalry team, but fortunately, he was able to shake it off and continue to play.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Hernandez fell short in the bottom of the fifth. Three doubles from Tyler Bortnick, David Kandilas and Alex Glenn brought in two runs, while a Josh Dean single brought in another, extending the Blue Sox lead to 4-0. Wayne Ough was brought in to replace Hernandez with one out and runners on first and third. Ough gave up one run but was able to get the last two outs of the inning.
The Blue Sox were leading 5-0 going into the sixth, and the Cavalry were looking at another disappointing loss. However, Canberra hit back hard in the top of the six scoring an impressive seven runs and clinching them the lead 7-5.
With the bases loaded in the sixth. Alex Hudak stepped up to the plate and hit a double, sending all three in and putting the Cavalry in the chase 5-3. L.B. Dantzler singled to right bringing in Hudak, and the momentum continued for the Cavalry with a Christian Lopes single and Marcus Lemon’s game-changing double that drove in the tying run. Jason Sloan followed with an equally impressive double pushing in two more runs and gaining the Cavalry the lead 7-5.
An Oeltjen homer, his second of the game, in the bottom of the sixth, but the Cavalry were able to hold off the Blue Sox, ending the sixth with a 7-6 lead.
The momentum continued for the Cavalry, with another massive inning in the seventh driving in four runs. The inning started with a single from Alford. Hudak was hit by a pitch and Danzler followed with a single, loading the bases. Murphy got out on a sacrifice fly, allowing Alford to score. Lopes hit a single, driving in Hudak and increasing the Cavalry’s lead to 9-6. The Blue Sox brought in Dae-Sung Koo to replace Harris, but Walding continued the Cavalry run and hit a double, allowing Dantzler and Lopes to score, bringing the Cavalry to an impressive 11-6 lead, which held out through the ninth.
The Blue Sox were unable to bounce back and put any more runs on the board, giving the Cavalry their third win of the season and second of the series. Canberra split the series 2-2 to climb back in the race for the Hume Highway Cup. After two series the Blue Sox, still lead the chase 5-3, with the deciding games being played January 22-25 back in Sydney.
The Cavalry will look to keep this momentum going as they head to Perth next week where they will face off against reigning Claxton Shield champions Perth Heat.
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Sydney (7-5) 001 041 000 6r 12h 1e
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Hits: A Alford 1 A Hudak 3 LB Dantzler 2 J Murphy 1 C Lopes 2 M Walding 1 M Lemon 1 J Sloan 1 K Bradford 1.
Sydney: T Cox 5ip 5h 5r 1k 4w V Harris (L, 0-1) 1 1/3ip 6h 6r 0k 0w D-S Koo 1 2/3ip 2h 0r 3k 0w S Landell 1ip 0h 0r 0k 0w to W Swanner.
Hits: T Bortnick 1 T Oeltjen 2 (2 hr) D Kandilas 3 A Glenn 1 J Dean 3 M Lysaught.
By Kerryn Costello/Baseball Australia
Team Photo by IBAF
Australia led by four runs in the fifth inning, but the Czech Republic put together a furious comeback to steal the victory, 6-5, at the 21U World Cup, placing them in 6th place.
The bottom of the second saw Australia take an early lead, a single by James Phillibosian, scoring Ben Leslie started the inning off. Australia added another run in the 3rd scored on a sacrifice fly by Robbie Perkins, plating Ryan Dale. As well as another two in the 4th when Jacob Younis hit a two run triple, making the score 4-0.
The Czech Republic took over the lead in the seventh, adding three additional runs to the two scored in the 6th. Australia tied it up in the bottom 7 off a Perkins double.
The game’s last lead went to the Czech Republic thanks to a ninth inning rally that saw one run cross the plate on an RBI single for the Czech Republic, ending the game with a 5-6 score.
Jacob Younis racked up two RBIs on two hits for Australia, with a single in the first and double in the fourth inning. Aaron Thompson pitched the first 6 innings only giving up three hits and keeping the game scoreless through the 5th.
Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 R6 H8 E1
Australia 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 R5 H10E1
Australia finished 6th at the tournament, with South Korea taking home the Bronze. The gold medal game will be played between Japan and Chinese Taipei at 6:30pm (8:30pm AEST/ 9:30pm AEDT).
By Kerryn Costello/Baseball Australia
Photo by IBAF
Australia lost a close game against South Korea, losing 8-7 in the 9th in their last game of the Super Round Robin at the 21U IBAF World Cup.
Korea jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first but Australia responded with three of their own runs in the top of the 2nd. Korea then went on to tie the game up in the 3rd on a passed ball. Australia fought hard and were able to add a run in the 4th off a Ben Leslie single and RBI from Jacob Younis. The 5th inning saw Australia add more runs when after three walks loaded the bases, a double by Jacob Younis scored them all , giving Australia a four run lead.
Korea knotted the game up once again in the 6th, and the score remained tied through to the 9th when Korea scored in the bottom of the frame to end the game 8-7.
Jacob Younis racked up four RBIs on two hits during the game, when he doubled in the fourth and fifth innings. Sam Street ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings, walked none, struck out two, and allowed one run.
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S. Korea 2 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 R8 H4 E1
Australia will play the Czech Republic today at 12:30pm (2:30pm AEST/ 3:30pm AEDT) at Taichung Stadium for 5th place.
By Kerryn Costello/Baseball Australia
Photo by IBAF
Australia makes the most of 9 hits in 9-4 victory over the Czech Republic for game 2 of the Super Round Robin at the 21U IBAF World Cup.
Australia and the Czech Republic both had scoring chances on Friday night, but it was the Australian side that was able to capitalize as it pulled out a 9-4 win at Taichung Stadium. The Czech Republic out-hit Australia ten to nine, but also stranded 13 runners on base.
The lead stayed with Australia after the first, when they scored one run on an RBI single by Guy Edmonds. Australia added two more runs in the top of the third when Jacob Younis stole home and Edmonds hit a solo home run.
Australia increased its lead with five runs in the fourth. A clutch ground out scored Adam Silva to open the scoring in the frame. Some costly Czech Republic errors and a single to Robbie Perkins helped pad Australia’s lead 8-0.
Three Czech runs crossed the plate in the bottom half of the seventh, making the score 9-4. An error, a wild pitch, and a groundout by Tomas Junec set off a Czech rally, but Josh Silvi got Richard Sazavsky to fly out to end the inning. The rest of game remained scoreless, with a final score of 9-4 Australia.
Guy Edmonds produced two RBIs on two hits for Australia. He singled in the first inning and homered in the third. 17-year-old Lachlan Wells racked up six strikeouts in the Australia win. He tossed four innings of shutout ball and allowed only four hits.
Manager Tony Harris was happy with the teams performance, “We played a good game last night, the team had aggressive offense and Lachlan Wells pitched a nice game. Tonight we will keep the bats swinging, run the bases hard and hopefully get out of there with another win”.
Aust loses to Korea 7-8 in the 9th at the U21WorldCup. They will play for 5th vs Czech Republic tomorrow at 12:30 (2:30pmAEST/3:30pmAEDT).
More to come