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Melbourne Aces Second Baseman Goes Bowling with Baseballs; Picks Up 7-10 Split

Melbourne Aces second baseman Scott Wearne bowls with baseballs. He didn’t pick up a strike,but he did something even more impressive. He picked up a 7-10 split with two balls in one throw. Real or fake? Either way its a pretty impressive video.

I’ll let you be the judge and please comment below and let us know what you think.

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Australia: Brisbane Bandits Move to Holloway Field for Upcoming Season

The Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League are moving to a new home for the 2013/2014 season. They will now call Holloway Field home after spending the first three years at RNA Showgrounds.

Holloway Field offers many upgrades for Bandits fans. They will now be closer to the action, have better catering options, and the location might be the best part. Fans will now be able to easily access the stadium via car, train, bicycle, bus, or even on foot.

Plus Holloway Field is historic in Queensland, Australia. Over the years the field has seen Claxton Shield contests and gives the team a baseball only facility.

The field opened in 1964 and has long been the home to the Windsor Royals Sports Club. It was refurbished in 1982 and again in 1986.

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USA 18U to Play Exhibition Games Against Chinese Taipei and Australia before 18U Baseball World Cup

The XXVI 18U Baseball World Cup starts at the end of August in Taichung, Chinese Taipei. The defending champion USA announced they will play three exhibition games before the tournament starts.

Team USA will play twice against Chinese Taipei on August 26 and 27. In their final warm up game, they will face Australia on August 28. The 18U Baseball World Cup starts on August 30 and runs through September 8.

The USA will face off with South Korea, Colombia, Italy, Cuba, and Australia during the pool play in Round 1 of the Baseball World Cup. The teams participating in the other pool will be Japan, Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, Venezuela, and host Chinese Taipei.

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Major League Baseball Opens 2014 Season in Sydney, Australia

For the first time in MLB history, the season will open up in Australia come 2014 when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks open the season in Sydney.

The two-game series will take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22-23.

Both teams will open the doors to their training schedule as they will be in Australia for six days but play only two games.

This is a huge deal for Australia where baseball is slowly growing. There have been 31 Australian Major Leaguers over the years, and one currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Peter Moylan.

The Australian Baseball League was reborn during the 2010-2011 season. The league consists of six teams spread out around the country with one in Sydney.

The Major League games will take place after the 2013-2014 ABL season which runs from November to February. This will only hope to keep the baseball game growing both helping the ABL and the Australian National Team.

What it is guaranteed to help is the economy in Sydney. Bringing in money and improvements to the Sydney Cricket Ground which will be renovated to meed Major League standings prior to the opening series.

The games will also take place during the 100th anniversary of an exhibition game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants that took place at the same venue.

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Baseball and Softball South Australia Receives $2 Million Grant

Baseball and softball in South Australia secured a grant of $2 million to use toward facility development.

The grant will help with the expansion and refurbishment of the Softball SA West Beach facility. Baseball South Australia will work with the Australian Baseball League and the Adelaide Bite to help provide a facility that can meet the needs of using the facility for professional games.

Complete Press Release from the Australian Baseball Federation

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WBC: Netherlands Eliminate Australia Behind Strong Outing from Cordemans

Cordemans Helps Orange Eliminate Australia

By Gabriel Fidler (@gabrielfidler)

Robbie Cordemans hurled five shutout innings for the Netherlands and Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer in a 4-1 victory over Australia. The Dutch team all but bought their ticket to second round action in Tokyo with the victory, while the Aussies were relegated to the qualifying rounds.

The Dutch offence would give Cordemans the early cushion and their starter would make it hold. Andrelton Simmons led off the first with a booming double into the left field corner and was bunted to third by Schoop. Roger Bernadina rapped a single up the middle to drive him in, and the Netherlands were up by one.

An inning later, Curt Smith started things going for the Netherlands with a safety to left centre. Dashenko Ricardo laid down a bunt to move him over, but beat it out, advancing to second on a wild throw by Australian starter Dushan Ruzic. Simmons would drive Smith home on a grounder, but the Dutch were not finished.

Schoop took a 2-0 pitch from Ruzic and deposited it over the left centre field fence for a 4-0 lead, which was more than Cordemans would need. The blast would force Ruzic from the game after he got Bernadina for the third out.

With the Orange offence in charge, Cordemans kept the pressing Australian hitters off-balance for five complete innings. Using a deceptive changeup, the right-hander allowed only one baserunner to make it to third and gave up two hits while sending three down swinging. He struck out two of the last three hitters he faced, using only 67 pitches.

After Ruzic exited, Australian manager Jon Deeble inserted game one starter Chis Oxspring in relief of Ruzic. Oxspring was just what the Baseballroos needed to keep the win within sight. The southpaw battled through his first two innings before settling down, showing his veteran experience in the third and fourth.

With the Dutch eager to blow open the game, they loaded the bases with one out in Oxspring’s first frame, starting with a double by Wladimir Balentien. After struggling with his control to the first four batters, the Aussie pitcher induced a double play grounder to third to end the frame.

In the fourth, Oxspring had difficulty finding the strike zone to the leadoff hitter Randolph Oduber, losing him on a walk and bobbling a sacrifice bunt by Simmons to put runners on first and second with no outs. But first baseman Mike Walker made a good play on another Schoop bunt and got the lead runner at third. Oxspring then took over, striking out Bernadina looking and getting Balentien, the cleanup hitter, on a foul pop fly to get out of the jam.

Oxspring pitched five frames out of the ‘pen, retiring seven in-a-row at one point, starting the run with another double play. He walked four, but only surrendered a single hit, leaving after the seventh inning.

The green-and-yellow had their best chance to draw the game even in the seventh. David Bergman, like Cordemans an ace in the Honkbal Hoofdklasse (the top league in the Netherlands), gave up a leadoff double to Welch, who blasted the seventh pitch of the at bat into the right field corner. Bergman got the next two outs before giving way to Jonathan Balentina, who hit pinch hitter Corey Adamson with his only pitch.

Top Orange reliever Leon Boyd game in to get the Netherlands out of the predicament, but gave up a RBI single to Brad Harman. It was the Aussie second baseman’s first hit of the tournament. Boyd got out of the inning by striking out former major leaguer Chris Snelling.

Xander Bogaerts had his first-ever international hit, a double, to lead off the eighth. Andrew Russell, who came in for Oxspring, stranded him on three straight ground balls, and Australia had one final chance.

Dutch closer Loek Van Mil came in to finish off things, but gave up back-to-back one out hits to Walker and Adamson. Harman almost stole player-of-the-game honours from Cordemans with a blast off the 7-foot-1 hurler, but the long fly ball landed in the glove of Oduber in left field.

A palpable sigh of relief settled across the diamond, and Van Mil struck out the final hitter of the inning to earn the save and all but assure that the Netherlands will be joining Japan and Cuba in the second round of the Classic.

Cordemans ran his WBC shutout streak to 11 2/3 innings and earned his first-ever victory in the tourney. Bergman got five outs, giving up a run on two hits with no strikeouts and Boyd tossed 1 1/3, allowing two safeties and a base on balls. Van Mil closed things out with the scoreless ninth. Ruzic took the loss for the green-and-yellow.

Eight different players had a single hit for the Netherlands, which collected four extra base hits. The Orange struck out only once against Aussie pitching. Simmons had his third double and scored a run and Andruw Jones raised his average to .429, reaching base twice.

Walker was the only batter with two hits for Australia. He batted .455 in the tournament, one of few bright spots for a listless Aussie offence. For the third-straight game, the Australians could not get anything going from their bats, stranding eight batters in scoring position. The team was 1-for-8 with runners on second or third.

China fails to advance to the second round, but will avoid the WBC qualifying rounds. Australia will have a long road back to the Classic as it will enter the qualifiers for the first time. Stay tuned for more previews, recaps, and analysis of the 2013 Classic and the round to the 2017 WBC.

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WBC: Australia vs the Netherlands Pitching Match Up

This is the last game for both teams and a huge one for the Netherlands. If they lose, they could be out of the second round. However, with a win they might advance depending on the other game of the day.

So let’s take a look at who each team will send to the hill to start.


Dushan Ruzic will get the start today for Team Australia. The right-hander was originally signed by the Florida Marlins in 2005. He got as high as Double-A with the Cincinnati Reds organization before moving on to pitch in Europe.

Ruzic has some experience with the Netherlands having pitched in the Dutch Major League from 2008-2010. He has also pitched internationally in Italy and this past off season in the Australian Baseball League for the Adelaide Bite where he went 5-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 73.2 innings.

He pitched in relief in Game 1 coming in to pitch 1.1 innings against Chinese Taipei. He allowed just one hit and one walk during that time.


Rob Cordemans will get the start for the Dutch. The right-handed starter has been one of the top pitchers in the Dutch Major League for years. He has been named the top pitcher of the league seven times.

In 2012, he pitched for the Amsterdam Pirates and was named MVP after posting a 10-1 record with an ERA of just 0.22 over 80.2 innings of work.

Cordemans has extensive international experience having participated in four Olympics, seven World Cups, and the past two World Baseball Classics. He has pitched 9.1 innings over four games (one start) at the WBC and allowed just two runs on six hits.

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WBC: Korea Shuts Out Australia to Keep Hopes Alive for Second Round

Song Delivers as Korea Shuts Out Australia

By Gabriel Fidler (@gabrielfidler)

Korea scored three runs in the first inning against Australia and Seung Song made the advantage stand up in a 6-0 victory over punchless Australia. The Blue Bogy was much more effective on defence and received the timely hits they were missing against the Netherlands two days prior.

Song utilised a filthy splitter to keep the Baseballroos swinging on pitches out of the zone, striking out five and scattering four baserunners in four innings. He retired six in-a-row late in his outing.

The Korean lineup gave him a 3-0 advantage before he ever took the mound as the first seven batters of the inning reached base. Seung-Yeop Lee ripped a double in the inning and Hyun-Soo Kim had a two-run single against Ryan Searle, who walked two and hit one in the frame.

Korea was back at it again in the second. Yong-Kyu Lee started things off with a single to left and came around on another two-bagger by Lee. Searle got out of the inning, but the four-run advantage was too much for an Australian offence that failed to put a rally in motion throughout the game.

Searle struggled through three innings before giving way to Steven Kent, who pitched two strong innings. The left-hander gave up only one hit to Dae-Ho Lee, erasing the slugger on a double play. He struck out one.

Australia had its best chance in the fifth inning. Tim Kennelly worked a seven-pitch at bat for a double, but Allan de San Miguel struck out after working a 3-0 count. James Beresford then blooped a hit to left centre, but Kennelly could not advance and reliever Hee-Soo Park got Mitch Dening to fly out to right and then struck out No. 3 hitter Luke Hughes.

Clayton Tanner put the blue-and-white away in the sixth, but Kyung-Eun Noh struck out two of the three hitters he faced in the bottom of the frame to prevent Australia from lessening the deficit.

Korea added another run in the seventh. Yong-Kyu Lee had his second hit to start things off, with Keun-Woo Jeong replacing him on a fielder’s choice. Dae-Ho Lee singled the run home and the Blue Bogy grabbed a 5-0 lead.

Australia’s struggles continued against Korea’s reliever in the seventh, despite a Kennelly leadoff hit. Noh and Tae-Hyon Chong teamed up to retire the final three batters.

Korea loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the eighth, and Jeong crushed a pitch to left field, but the wind blew it down and Australia escaped with no further damage.

The Aussies had their only other real opportunity in the bottom of the inning after Stefan Welch blooped a ball that landed in shallow left centre. Yong-Kyu Lee made a last-second attempt after Hi-Hyon Son pulled away at the last minute. Welch advanced to third on a ground ball, but Seung Lak-Son would retire Mike Walker, who had two hits on the day, to end the threat. It was the only time Australia had a runner reach third.

Korea struck a final time in the ninth off Ryan Rowland-Smith, who spent several years in the Seattle Mariners’ rotation. Seung-Yeop Lee led off with a safety and advanced to second on a single by Dae-Ho Lee, later scoring on a grounder by Jeong Choi. James Beresford made a nice play for the out, backing up a diving Welch at third and catching the ball after it tipped of Welch’s glove and nailing Choi by a step.

Son finished off the shutout by striking out two batters in the ninth. Park got four outs, two by strikeout and Noh struck out two-of-five batters in relief. Chong and Son finished off the game. Korean hurlers whiffed 12 batters and were backed up flawlessly by a defence which had committed four errors against the Netherlands.

Korea was 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position after going hitless against the Netherlands in the same situation. Australia was 1-for-11 in their attempts to drive men home from second or third.

Seung-Yeop Lee and Dae-Ho Lee both had three hits and a RBI. Yong-Kyu Lee reached base four times, twice on hits. Ah-Seop Son reached base in all four plate appearances.

Seven hurlers toed the rubber for Australia. Searle gave up four runs on four hits and two walks, striking out two. Kent was easily the most effective reliever, though Tanner (1 IP), Brad Thomas (1/3 IP), and Matthew Williams (2/3 IP) did not allow a run. Kennelly reached base in all three plate appearances and joined Walker with a brace of hits.

Barring a surprising turn of events, Australia will be eliminated from the Classic and will have to win their final match to avoid relegation to the qualifiers. The Aussies will take on the Netherlands in their final contest on only 18 hours rest. First pitch is at 4:30 a.m. GMT on Mar. 5. Korea will face Chinese Taipei, who is undefeated in Pool B action. The showdown between the Asian arch-rivals is set for 11:30 a.m. on Mar. 5.

Stay tuned for more news, reviews, and analysis.

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WBC: Australia vs Korea Pitching Match Up

With both Korea and Australia losing their opening games, this match proves to be very important for both teams if they want to keep their chances alive of advancing to the next round. So with a short time to go before first pitch, let’s take a look at the starters.


Seung-Jun Song will get the nod for Korea. He pitched for eight years in the US minor leagues after being signed initially by the Boston Red Sox. He advanced as far as Triple-A in both the Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants organizations before returning to pitch in Korea.

In 2012, he pitched for the Lotte Giants posting a 7-11 record with an ERA of 3.31 in 28 games. It was his first year in the KBO to not win 10 or more games after doing so from 2008-2011.

His international experience consists of being apart of the 2008 Olympic team that won the gold medal in Beijing.


Going tonight for Australia will be Ryan Searle. Signed by the Chicago Cubs, Searle has pitched in their minor league organization since 2008.

Searle spent most of the 2012 season with Single-A Daytona, but did make appearances in Double-A and Triple-A during 2012. He pitched in a 42 games across the different leagues in 2012 going a combined 8-5 with a 3.87 ERA.

His international experience includes a win over Canada at the 2011 World Cup where he pitched 7.1 shutout innings.

Tonight is a must win for both clubs, so don’t be surprised if a lot of pitchers are used.

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WBC: Chinese Taipei Opens Tournament with Win Over Australia

Chinese Taipei Cruises to Opening Round Victory in WBC

By Gabriel Fidler (@gabrielfidler)

Chinese Taipei continued where it left off in the World Baseball Classic qualifying round, combining a persistent offence with stellar pitching to beat 10th-ranked Australia 4-1. Former New York Yankees’ superstar Chien-Ming Wang was dominant in the 2013 WBC opener, tossing six shutout innings for the victory in Taichung.

Chinese Taipei, rated fifth in the world, opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Dai-Kang Yang, added to the roster before the tournament’s main draw, stroked a single to left to lead things off for Chinese Taipei. After a brilliant sacrifice bunt by Che-Hsuan Lin, Cheng-Min Peng stroked a single to right to plate the first run of the game.

Australia’s Chris Oxspring would settle down after Peng’s hit, catching Chih-Sheng Lin looking on strikes and inducing a grounder to get out of the frame.

Neither side would score in the second, but Chinese Taipei would strike for two more in the third. Che-Hsuan singled to start the rally, and Peng walked to put two runners on base. Chih-Sheng Lin followed by blasting a double down the left field line that bounced out for a ground rule double and score Lin. Szu-Chi Chou knocked in Chinese Taipei’s third run with a grounder to first.

Oxspring lasted 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, whiffing one.

Chinese Taipei made the score 4-0 in the fifth, as Peng led off with a line drive home run just inside the right field foul pole.

Wang, meanwhile, needed only 61 pitches to retire Australia through six innings. The veteran right-hander allowed only four hits, using his trademark sinker to erase three on double plays. He walked none and struck out two. He left just before hitting the 65-pitch limit imposed on the first round of play.

Stefan Welch put Australia on the board in the seventh with a home run off the top of the fence in right center field off reliever Yao-Hsun Yang. The dinger ended a streak of 30 2/3 scoreless innings by Chinese Taipei pitchers in WBC play.

Both team’s bullpens took over in the late innings, with a leadoff double by Che-Hsuan Lin in the seventh the closest either could come to a rally.

Hung-Chih Kuo and Hung-Wen Chen finished the game off for Chinese Taipei, which was backed by a raucous crowd in Taichung’s Intercontinental Stadium. Chen looked particularly filthy, locating a mid-90s fastball and vicious curve to earn the save. He struck out one in the final frame.

Australian manager Jon Deeble used seven pitchers in the loss, all of whom will be available again in the opening round. Brendan Wise was the most effective, striking out one and allowing a pair of safeties in two innings.

Lin and Peng were the hit leaders with two, and Peng reached base in 3-of-4 plate appearances. Neither team committed an error.

The victory was Chinese Taipei’s second in six attempts in the Classic, while the Basebalroos dropped to 1-6. The hosts will take on the Netherlands on Mar. 3 at 6:30 a.m. GMT, while Australia next takes the field against Korea on Mar. 4 at 10:30 a.m. GMT.

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WBC: Australia vs Chinese Taipei Pitching Match Up

The first game of the 2013 World Baseball Classic is just moments away. The initial game pits Australia against host Chinese Taipei. So we thought we would look at the starting pitchers for each team quickly before the game begins.


Chris Oxspring will get the nod for Team Australia on the mound today. He is the oldest player on the Australian roster and has had a lot of international experience. He won a silver medal with in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. This is his second WBC, but he did not appear in a game in 2009.

Oxspring has some MLB experience as well, although not a lot. He was signed in 2001 by the San Diego Padres and made his Major League debut with them in September 2005. He appeared in five games, all in relief, pitching a total of 12 innings at the MLB level.

He is well traveled on the minor league circuit, and has pitched for the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League as well over the past few years having success everywhere he has pitched.

He is a veteran pitcher who will not be intimidated by any opponent in any park.

Chinese Taipei

Chinese Taipei will start their most experienced pitcher in Chien-Ming Wang. The right-handed sinker ball pitcher has had two seasons of 19 wins at the MLB level and has won 61 total MLB games.

He not only has the most Major League experience, but he has a lot of international experience as well pitching in the 2004 Olympics, 2003 Asian Baseball Championship, 2002 Asian Games, and the 1999 World Port Tournament.

He was signed out of college by the New York Yankees in 2000 and made his MLB debut in 2005. In 2012, Wang pitched with the Washington Nationals.

The two teams last faced each other in international competition in the 2009 World Cup in Italy splitting a pair of games.

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Australia: Canberra Wins ABL Championship on Late Home Run

CANBERRA, Australia – The Canberra Cavalry took advantage of two Perth Heat errors and a late inning home run to win the 2013 Australian Baseball League Championship.

The Cavalry got down early as Perth jumped out in the top of the first with a pair of runs. In its half of the inning, Kody Hightower (1-for-5) cut the lead to one with a lead off solo home run.

An inning later, Canberra would take the lead with a four run second. The big play came with one out and a runner at first. Antonio Callaway (0-for-4/2 runs) reached on a fielding error by Perth second baseman Luke Hughes who mishandled a throw on a force play. That error opened the door for Canberra, and they walked right through. After a passed ball that allowed the runners to move up, Ryan Stovall (2-for-4/3 RBI) came up with a big single to drive in a pair of runs. His at bat was followed up by a walk and two more singles and before Perth could get out of the inning it had given up four unearned runs and the lead.

An inning later, Canberra would get a fifth unearned run after a throwing error by Heat third baseman Carter Bell allowed the inning to continue. Once again it was Stovall who came through with the hit after the error driving in another run.

Down 6-2 heading into the fifth inning, Perth battled back to tie it. With one out, Heat designated hitter Aaron Bonomi (1-for-4) got the rally going with a single. The next hitter, Ryan Khoury (1-for-3) followed suit with a single of his won. After a ground out put runners at the corners, Tim Kennelly (2-for-3) singled to cut the lead to three.

The next hitter atoned for his earlier error as Luke Hughes (1-for-4) tripled driving in a pair of runs. Allan de San Miguel (1-for-4) singled to knock in Hughes and the game was once again tied.

Canberra took the lead for good on a seventh inning solo home run by Michael Wells (1-for-4).

Perth would just manage one more hit over the game as the Cavalry bullpen shut them down. Brodie Downs (W, 1-0) picked up the win pitching 1.1 innings of relief, and Sean Toler (S, 2) got the save pitching the ninth.

Neither starter fared too well. Perth starter Warwick Saupold lasted just three innings giving up nine hits and six runs (one earned). Canberra starter John Holdzkom lasted a little longer but didn’t do much better. He pitched 4.2 innings giving up seven hits allowing six runs.

Jack Murphy (3-for-4 / 1 RBI) and Aaron Sloan (3-for-4) led the Cavalry offense with three hits apiece.

Michael Ohlman (2-for-3) drove in a pair of runs in the loss for Perth.

The win is Canberra’s first ever ABL Championship and ends Perth’s two year run as champion.

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Australia: Canberra Wins Game One; Goes for Championship Title Saturday

CANBERRA, Australia – The Canberra Cavalry won the first game of the Australian Baseball League Championship Series on Friday against the Perth Heat 6-4. The win puts Canberra just a win away from their first ABL title.

Canberra starter Brian Grening (W, 1-0) pitched well to earn the victory tossing 7.2 innings allowing just two runs on six hits. He kept the Heat off the scoreboard until the eighth inning. Sean Toler (S, 1) tossed 1.1 innings of relief to earn the save, but gave up two home runs in the process.

The Cavalry got off to a quick start scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning. Jack Murphy (1-for-3) singled up the middle to drive in the first run of the game.

Canberra would pick up three more runs in the second inning. Michael Wells (1-for-3) and Aaron Sloan (2-for-4) started off the inning with back-to-back singles. After a sacrifice moved runners to second and third, Kody Hightower (3-for-5) singled up the middle scoring Wells and Sloan. The single went right through the legs of center fielder Corey Adamson for a three base error that allowed Hightower to come all the way around to score making it 4-0 Canberra.

Two innings later Canberra showed their power with a pair of home runs. Sloan led off the inning with a home run to center field. Three batters later Ryan Stovall (2-for-4) followed up with another long ball to make the score 6-0.

Perth battled back late in the game picking up a pair of runs in the eighth and ninth innings but fell just short. Tim Kennelly (1-for-4) and Luke Hughes (1-for-4) hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning to close the gap to two. And that is where it would end.

Heat starter Anthony Claggett (L, 1-1) didn’t pitch great going six innings allowing six runs (five earned) giving up 12 hits including two home runs.

Game 2 is Saturday at 7:00 pm local time as Canberra looks to win its first championship and Perth looks to rebound and force a final winner-take-all game on Sunday.

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Australia: ABL Championship Preview

CANBERRA, Australia – The Australian Baseball League Championship Series kicks off this weekend as the Canberra Cavalry host the two-time defending champion Perth Heat.

Canberra finished first in the standings with a record of 27-19. This is the first time they are making the playoffs. Heading into the finals after having last week off, the Cavalry are riding a three-game winning streak. They owned the season series against Perth going 6-2 on the year. However, the two teams haven’t played since early January.

Canberra has the best offense in the league. They led the league in home runs (56), batting average (.295), slugging percentage (.465), doubles (94), and total bases (759 – more than 150 more than 2nd place).

Adam Buschini won the league’s triple crown leading the league in hitting (.363), home runs (15), and RBI (50). Also with big seasons were third baseman Jeremy Barnes (.343/7/32), shortstop Kody Hightower (.325/2/22), and Ryan Stovall (.320/7/24).

Canberra ranked in the middle of the pack in pitching. The pitching staff posted an ERA of 4.04, finished second in saves with 12, but ranked second in the league in strikeouts.

Leading the pitching staff is Brian Grening (4-2) who finished 8th in the league in ERA at 2.87. Sean Toler (2-0/2.84) led the team in saves with 11

Perth finished the season in third place, but they are riding a six-game winning streak after sweeping Sydney in the first round of the playoffs.

Perth finished second in the league in batting average behind Canberra at .267. They led the league in triples (11) and finished in the middle of the field in home runs (31).

The offense is led by outfielders David Amberson (.380/1/7), Corey Adamson (.321/1/18), first baseman Michael Ohlman (.317/6/27), and catcher Allan de San Miguel (.294/5/30).

Perth may be lacking in the big numbers of the Canberra hitters, but they have experience on their side.

On the hill, Perth is led by Anthony Claggett (4-5/3.31), Daniel Schmidt (7-3/3.72), and Warwick Saupold (1-1/2.79). Brendan Wise (2-1/2.14/3 saves) has done well closing out games.

Game 1 will feature Brian Grening against Anthony Claggett on Friday February 8. Game 2 is slated to feature John Holdzkom (4-3/4.10) against Warwick Saupold. If necessary, Game 3 will feature Chris Motta (3-3/5.93) against Daniel Schmidt.

Fans in the USA can watch the games on the MLB Network. Fox Sports 2 will be showing the games in Australia.

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Australia and Japan to Play Pre-WBC Series in Osaka

Team Australia will travel to Japan before the 2013 World Baseball Classic First Round to take on the Japan national team in a tw0-game set.

The series will take place in Osaka on February 23 and 24. The NPB and ABL have agreed to play in the Osaka Dome in preparation for the first round of the Classic.

Australia will use these games to finalize their starting lineup and as part of their final preparations before the start of the tournament. Australia opens their official camp on the 17th in Taichung, Taiwan.

Team Australia will play six games prior to the start of the tournament. In addition to the two games against Japan in Osaka, it will play four games in Taiwan with the teams to be announced at a later date.

Team Australia opens the WBC in Taichung against Taiwan on Saturday March 2.

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Australia: Perth Heat Advance to ABL Championship with Sweep of Sydney

The Perth Heat showed why they have won the first two ABL titles over the weekend with a two game sweep of the Sydney Blue Sox in the first round of the playoffs.

Game one saw a good pitching matchup between the two starters. Both went six innings allowing just a single run. However, it was the Heat bullpen that was up to the task. They allowed just three more hits over the final three innings and not another run. It wasn’t the same story for Sydney.

The Heat bats immediately took advantage when the leagues best pitcher, Craig Anderson, was lifted from the game. Anderson gave up just a single run in six innings. He was followed by Wayne Lundgren (L, 0-1) who quickly gave up three runs in an inning of work.

That’s all the Heat needed as Brendan Wise (S, 1) shut the Blue Sox down in the ninth inning to preserve the 4-1 victory for the Heat and Anthony Claggett (W, 1-0).

Michael Ohlman (1-for-3) drove in a pair of runs on a bases loaded single in the seventh inning. Tim Kennelly (1-for-5) drove in the first run of the seventh with a RBI single. Right fielder David Amberson (0-for-3) got the scoring started in the second inning with a sacrifice fly.

Game 2 was had a little more offense as Perth defeated Sydney 8-7 holding off a late inning rally to advance to the championship round.

Perth picked up 14 hits in the game scoring their runs in bunches. It started in the top of the first with a lead off double by Corey Adamson (2-for-6/2 doubles) who would later score on a sacrifice fly. The Heat loaded the bases scoring once on the sacrifice fly and once on a RBI single by Michael Ohlman (3-for-4).

After the Blue Sox tied the game in the bottom of the second, Perth came right back to take the lead again with four runs in the top of the third. Once again they loaded the bases, and with one out Carter Bell (2-for-5) drove in two runs with a single to left field. Then things got interesting. As David Amberson (0-for-2) was striking out, Ohlman and Bell perform a double steal with Ohlman stealing home for the Heat’s third run of the inning. Sam Kennelly (1-for-5) would cap of the four run inning with a single driving home Bell.

The Heat would add two more runs an inning later to make the score 8-2. Tim Kennelly (2-for-6/3 runs) and Allan de San Miguel (1-for-4/2 RBI) both homered giving the Heat a six run lead.

Sydney would fight back and make it interesting scoring a run in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth before being turned away. With the tying runner at third base and only one out, Brendan Wise (S, 2) gets James Robbins to ground into a game ending double play.

Sydney starter Brad Thomas (L, 0-1) took the loss pitching just 3.1 innings giving up eight runs on nine hits. Thomas had been pitching lights out of late, but the Perth bats got to him early and often. Perth starter Warwick Saupold (W, 1-0) picked up the win tossing six innings giving up two runs on three hits while striking out seven.

The win puts Perth into the championship series with Canberra where they will try to win their third straight ABL title. The Cavalry will host the Heat at Narrabundah Ballpark February 8-10 in a best-of-three series.

ABL Scoreboard:

Perth Heat 4, Sydney Blue Sox 1
Perth Heat 8, Sydney Blue Sox 7
Perth wins series 2-0

ABL Championship Schedule:

Friday February 8th 7;00 pm – Perth Heat vs Canberra Cavalry
Saturday February 9th 7;00 pm – Perth Heat vs Canberra Cavalry
Sunady February 10th 7;00 pm – Perth Heat vs Canberra Cavalry

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Australia: ABL Playoffs Begin Friday with Perth Visiting Sydney

The Australian Baseball League Playoffs kick off on Friday with the first round series between the 2-time defending champion Perth Heat, who finished in 3rd place, and the 2nd place Sydney Blue Sox.

Both teams have made the playoffs each year of the new ABL with Perth winning the first two titles and Sydney finishing 3rd each time.

Sydney has done it with pitching, and pitching they have.

Starter Craig Anderson, who will start Game 1 of the series, led the league in ERA (2.10) and wins (8). Anderson isn’t a strikeout pitcher, but he gets outs. In 81.1 innings, Anderson has given up 81 hits. But he doesn’t walk anyone, giving up only 5 on the year. With a WHIP of just 1.06, he makes you earn your bases which is why he has been so successful.

However, it doesn’t end with Anderson. Also in the rotation is Chris Oxspring who has gone 4-2 in 12 starts. With an ERA of 2.71, Oxspring ranked 5th in the league. Where he differs from Anderson is that he is a strikeout pitcher. He led the league with 86 strikeouts in 79.2 innings.

Also on the league leading staff is Tim Atherton (2-1 / 2.44) and Matthew Williams (2.14) who led the league in saves with 15.

Sydney might not have the top offense in the league, but they have some really good hitters. Mitch Dening is 2nd in the league in hitting at .347, hit 5 home runs, and drove in 32 runs.

Trent D’Antonio led the team in home runs with 6 and hit .304.

The Blue Sox are right in the middle of the pack in the league in most major hitting categories.

On the other side of the field stand the 2-time defending ABL Champion Perth Heat. The Heat take a four game winning streak into the playoffs after having stumbled down the stretch.

Game 1 starter Anthony Claggett was second in the league in strikeouts with 77 in 73.1 innings. In 12 starts he went 4-5 with a 3.31 ERA. Claggett has pitched well in his last three starts and will look to continue that on Friday night.

Starter Daniel Schmidt finished 2nd in the league with 7 wins posting a 3.72 ERA. Schmidt has struggled of late posting a good start after a not so good start. He will look to return to his early season form when he was posting solid start after solid start.

In the bullpen is Brendan Wise who is 2nd on the team in saves with 3 after posting an ERA of 2.14 in 21.0 innings.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Heat is lead by outfielders David Amberson (.380), Corey Adamson (.321/1/18), catcher Allan de San Miguel (2.94/5/30), and first baseman Michael Ohlman (.317/6/27).

The two teams split their 8 games this year, but haven’t played each other since mid-December.

The two teams play a best-of-three series in Sydney with the winner advancing to face Canberra in the championship.

You can watch Game 1 online through Blue Sox TV.

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Australia: Perth Wins and Advances to the ABL Playoffs; Canberra Claims First Place

The playoff picture is now set in the ABL. The top three teams in the league advance to the playoff round with the 1st place team advancing all the way to the championship. The 2nd and 3rd place teams will play a best-of-three series with the winner advancing to the championship team.

The Canberra Cavalry clinched the Australian Baseball League regular season championship with an 11-6 win over Adelaide on Sunday afternoon. This is the first time Canberra has made the playoffs in the three year history of the reformation of the league.

The Cavalry pounded Bite pitching for 13 hits, including three home runs on Sunday to power their way to the title.

Adam Buschini (2-for-2) walked twice, scored twice, and drove in two with his league leading 15th home run of the season in the 3rd inning. Designated hitter Josh Matavesi (1-for-5) hit his first home run of the season in the 5th inning, a solo shot. And Jeremy Barnes (2-for-5) drove in four runs including two on his 7th home run of the season in the 6th inning.

Every Cavalry hitter, except for one, picked up a hit on the day. Five hitters picked up two hits as well including Ryan Stovall (2-for-5) with a pair of doubles.

Ji-Man Choi had a big day for Adelaide who are still on the outside of the playoffs looking in. Choi went 2-for-4 driving in two runs including one on his 8th home run of the year. Ben Lodge (3-for-5) scored a pair of runs and drove in another in the loss.\

Both starters lasted just 3.2 innings giving up 6 runs each. Neither factored into the decision. Steven Kent (W, 1-1) picked up the win in relief. Reed Brown (L, 0-2) took the loss.

The win gives Canberra the 1st place spot in the playoffs. They hold the tie breaker with Sydney, so they will host the championship series.

Melbourne Aces 1, Perth Heat 11

The Perth Heat advanced to the playoffs with an 11-1 victory over Melbourne on Sunday. Perth got a great start from Jack Frawley (W, 3-1) who tossed eight shutout innings allowing just three hits to earn the win. Tim Kennelly finished off the game for Perth in the 9th.

Blake Cunningham (L, 0-1) took the loss for Melbourne pitching three innings and giving up two runs.

Michael Ohlman (3-for-5), Luke Hughes (0-for-3), and Ryan Khoury (2-for-3) all drove in two runs.

Carlo Testa (3-for-4) collected three of the four Melbourne hits on the day.

Brisbane Bandits vs Sydney Blue Sox

The game in Sydney was postponed due to bad weather and will not be made up. The best Sydney could do is a tie for 1st place, but Canberra holds the tie breaker. Brisbane needed Perth to lose in order to have a shot at finishing 3rd place.

Final ABL Regular Season Standings:

1. Canberra Cavalry 27-19

2. Sydney Blue Sox 26-19

3. Perth Heat 25-21

4. Brisbane Bandits 23-22

5. Adelaide Bite 21-25

6. Melbourne Aces 15-31

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Australia: Perth Holds Destiny in Their Own Hands; Win and Advance or Lose and Go Home

On the second to last day of the season with the playoff race heating up, all three games were very important.

With a win on Saturday, the Perth Heat now hold their destiny in their own hands. Canberra and Sydney have already qualified for the playoffs with the final team to be determined on Sunday. Perth holds a one game lead on Brisbane for the final playoff spot. If they win on Sunday, they are in. However, if they lose and Brisbane wins the Bandits will advance holding the tie breaker with Perth.

Brisbane Bandits 4, Sydney Blue Sox 2

Keeping their playoff hopes alive, Brisbane came through with a huge win on Saturday. Brisbane got a great start from James Schult (W, 5-2) who tossed seven scoreless innings giving up just two hits. Justin Erasmus (S, 4) picked up the save pitching 1.1 innings of relief.

Chris Oxspring (L, 4-3) pitched well, but took the loss when his defense couldn’t help him out. Oxspring went seven innings giving up four runs (1 earned) on five hits while striking out eight.

The Bandits got all four runs in the 4th inning. After an error by the Blue Sox third baseman, C.J. Beatty (1-for-4) blasted a 2-run home run, his 7th of the season. Then later the same inning, Logan Wade (1-for-4) doubled in a pair of runs to make the score 4-0.

Brisbane is still hopeful for a playoff birth. If they end up tying for 3rd with Perth, they will hold the tie breaker.

Canberra Cavalry 12, Adelaide Bite 2

Canberra pounded Bite pitching for 15 hits including four home runs. Adam Buschini (3-for-4) got the scoring going with a 2-run home run in the top of the 1st inning. He would add his league leading 14th home run later on in the 7th inning. Marcus Knecht (2-for-4) drove in a run with a solo home run in the 5th inning, and Ryan Stovall (3-for-4) drove in three runs including two with a 2-run blast in the 7th inning. Jeremy Barnes (3-for-5) pitched in with a pair of RBI.

John Holdzkom (W, 4-3) picked up the win pitching five innings giving up just two runs on six hits. Paul Mildren (L, 2-7) took the loss giving up seven runs (5 ER) in 4.2 innings.

Melbourne Aces 2, Perth Heat 6

Perth came into the weekend struggling, but they have now taken the first three games of the series against Melbourne putting them back into the playoff hunt.

Perth kept their playoff hopes alive with a big win on Saturday. Perth got a good start from Daniel Schmidt (W, 7-3) who went 5.2 innings giving up just two runs.

Perth got on the board quickly with a 2-run home run by Luke Hughes (1-for-3) in the top of the 1st inning. David Amberson (3-for-4) doubled in a pair of runs in the 5th to extend the Perth lead to 6-1.

With a win on Sunday, Perth will qualify for the playoffs once again giving them a chance to defend their titles.

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Interview: Australian Pitcher Daniel Schmidt

Recently Australian native and Perth Heat pitcher Daniel Schmidt took the time to answer some questions for us.

Schmidt has been pitching for the Perth Heat and has pitched in a few different independent leagues in the US over the past few summers.

Here is what he had to say about pitching in Australia and the US:

For the past 3 seasons you have been pitching for the Perth Heat in your homeland of Australia. What has it been like pitching in the ABL since its reemergence?

Every player loves representing their state and putting the team colours on. The only thing that makes it more satisfying is playing in front of your large home crowds. With the re-emergence of the ABL it has brought some fans back to the game. It is becoming more recognized as a professional sport again as we play on a weekly basis rather than a once a year tournament played over a couple of weeks. There are a lot of new experiences for most of our players as we have been getting a lot more media attention which involves radio interviews, photo shoots, appearances and in some cases TV interviews. It makes me realize that we are professional athletes and are the most elite players in the country at our sport. That is a pretty awesome feeling when you look at it like that.

During the first two championships seasons the Perth Heat have had the chance to play in the Asia Series against some of the top teams in Asia. Can you tell us a little about how your experience has been in the Asia Series and how it has helped the ABL to be a part of this yearly event?

I consider myself to be extremely lucky to be part of a team that has enjoyed so much success over the past 5 years. To be able to travel to a different country and play against some of the best talent around the world was incredible. The Taiwanese and Korean fans were crazy! They cheer like no other fans around the world I believe. They bring out their horns, whistles and clappers, draped big banners from the top deck and stretched it out over the lower seating. They have cheerleaders and singers chanting and dancing around in between innings, it was just unbelievable. We were treated like celebrities with massive hotels rooms to ourselves, police escorts to and from the field, people waiting in the hotel lobbies for autographs and big buffet meals waiting for us each day. Pretty special memories.

Being a frequent part of the Asia series is dramatically helping increase the popularity of the sport in Australia. This year each team has included live streaming of games on the internet which means that we are getting a larger following, especially from the fans of the places we have visited from the Asia Series.

You have also pitched in the USA in different independent leagues. How has that experience gone so far?

It has certainly been an eye opener playing Independent ball! It is very cut throat as they have so many players to choose from. In the 3 seasons I have played Indy ball, I have been a part of 4 different teams in a variety of different roles. You need to be very adaptable as you aren’t always going to have the same role on each team. People seem to think that Independent ball is a lower standard of baseball then the professional affiliated leagues and it’s simply false. A lot of the players in Independent ball are released guys from Pro Ball. You have ex- big league guys, guys that were number 1 draft pics and others that have come straight out of college. It is a very good standard of baseball.You visit some places that you normally wouldn’t have on your vacation list……..let’s put it that way!! It was also the first time I had really lived away from home by myself so I had to adapt by learning to cook a bit and manage my money better. Overall it has been an awesome experience, loved every minute of it. I’ve met some lifelong friends and created memories that will stay with me forever.

How different is the ABL compared to the independent leagues you have played in the States?

One of the major differences I have noticed is the travel. We are very lucky in the ABL that we get to fly to all our away series games. Having played most of my career in the American Association which is spread out over a large section of central America, we used to have anywhere from 6-12 hour bus trips. We used to jump on the bus straight after a game and drive to our next destination usually all night. Get into town late in the morning, get a couple of hours sleep before having to go to the field and play. The other main difference is that most of the players in the ABL have day jobs. We don’t make enough money yet as the league is still developing. We only play 3-4 days a week which is very strange for some of the imports we have come down here to play as they have so much down time during the week between series.

Once again you are putting together solid numbers in the ABL for Perth. Are you looking to play overseas again somewhere during the summer of 2013?

I’d love to get back to the US to play another season. I am currently looking at going back to the American Association for Independent ball where I played in 2 of the past 3 seasons. There are a few teams in Texas that seem promising at this point with my old manager from Grand Prairie now managing in Laredo. There is also the chance that I could possibly go back and play with the Fort Worth Cats that I played with in 2011. At some point I would also like to go and play in Italy or Holland to see a different part of the world.

The game of baseball is still growing in Australia. How did you get started in the game?

I was actually trying all sorts of sports when I was younger, trying to find the one I enjoyed the most. I had played soccer, basketball, athletics, swimming and Australian Rules Football. While I was training for football I could see the baseball players training on the other side of the field and thought I would give that a go the next season. I was really tall for my age and looked like the coach on most teams because of how much I towered over people! I had a really good first season as I had the strong-arm. My coach told me I should stick with baseball as I could end up going places if I stuck with it plus I really enjoyed it. My dad also played baseball in High School so there was that family connection too.

Pitching with the Heat you have had the chance to work with former Major Leaguer Graeme Lloyd. Can you tell us a little bit about how he has helped your game?

Lloydy and I have known each other for a long time now. He used to coach me up at the Australian baseball Academy up on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia which is a camp for young aspiring baseballers to try and get signed to a professional contract. He has a wealth of knowledge of the game based on his 10+ years of Major league experience. Speaking to a fellow lefty pitcher about the path he took throughout his career and the ups and downs he had, has given me a lot of hope and determination that you can actually prove the doubters wrong if you set your heart to it and give it 100%. He has helped me to keep things in perspective. Whether I am struggling to shake a mental lapse in the middle of the game or we bounce ideas back and forth in between innings about something that may have happened in that half inning. It’s been great to have someone like that to talk to.

You have worked with Teammates International in the past. Can you tell us a little bit about your experience with them and why others should think about using their services?

Duane Erickson has done a fantastic job of bringing out quality baseball players to my local Perth state league club the Melville Braves for a number of years now. At the time I had been recently released by the Phillies and had been searching for a place to play somewhere overseas. I found it very hard to get my foot in the door being from another country as no one knew anything about me. Duane made contact and called teams all over the country for Independent ball, in Canada and in Europe to get my name out there. Without his help and Teammates International, I wouldn’t have had this once in a lifetime opportunity to play the game I love and meet amazing people. They made sure that I got the best deal possible, in a team that best suited me. It saved me so much money on international calls, dealing with the time difference and I was also kept informed of each teams thoughts and interests. I highly recommend to anyone that has the desire to see the world while doing something they love, to let Teammates International take care of you. They are professional, resourceful and informative which takes a lot of the stress out of organising something as important as this yourself.

What are your plans after your playing days are over? Are you interested in coaching in the US or Australia?

I certainly want to get into coaching when I hang up the cleats. When I had my Tommy John Surgery back in 2007, I spent a lot of my rehab time coaching junior teams here in Australia. It helped me to feel like I was still involved in the game and also help me keep my sanity from all the repetitiveness of rehab!!! I coached my local clubs Under 16’s team for 4 years, went away to the national championships as the State Pitching Coach for the U14’s and U16’s and I also was the pitching coach for the women’s state baseball team. I get great satisfaction and enjoyment out of seeing the improvements in people when they put the hard work in. I would be thrilled to be able to coach in Australia or the US.

I’d like to thank Daniel for taking the time to answer some questions for us. He is currently pitching for the Perth Heat of the ABL who are in a playoff race. He pitches tonight in the midst of the race which you can follow online at www.theabl.com.

You can also follow him on Twitter at @Big_Lefty23 . We wish him the best the rest of the way for Perth and this summer wherever he winds up.

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Australia: Sydney and Canberra Clinch Playoff Birth

The Australian Baseball League playoff race continues to heat up as the weekend progresses.

The Sydney Blue Sox have a one game lead heading into the final two games of the season after routing the Brisbane Bandits 13-0 on Friday night clinching a playoff birth.

Sydney used a 5-run 4th inning to pull ahead 6-0 in the game and from there it was over. They added 4 more runs in the 6th and 3 more in the 8th on a 3-run home run by JaDamion Williams (1-for-1 / 3 RBI).

Chris Snelling (3-for-3) scored a pair of runs, while James Robbins (1-for-3) drove in 3 on the day. Zachary Penprase continued his hot hitting going 3-for-6 with a double.

On the hill, starter Brad Thomas (W, 3-2) was great going 6 innings allowing just 5 hits while striking out 8. Ryan Searle (L, 3-2) took the loss lasting just 3 innings. He gave up only 2 hits, but he walked 5 giving up 5 runs.

The back-to-back loses have dropped Brisbane into 4th place in the league on the verge of being dropped out of the playoffs.

Canberra, now a game out of 1st place, needed a win to keep pace with Sydney, and they got just that on Friday night topping Adelaide 8-7.

Canberra did it with power too hitting three home runs. In the top of the 1st, Jack Murphy (2-for-4) hit a 3-run shot, his 5th of the year, to give the Cavalry a 3-0 lead. Then with the scored tied at 3 in the 4th inning, Jeremy Barnes (1-for-4) hit a solo shot to give Canberra the lead once again. An inning later, Adam Buschini (3-for-5) put the game away with a 3-run bomb of his own.

Adelaide tried to fight back each time but fell short in the end. Ji-man Choi (2-for-4) hit his 7th home run of the year in the 2nd inning, a solo shot. Quincy Latimore added his 3rd in the 7th inning, another solo shot.

Robert Dickmann (W, 4-4) benefited from all the run support provided by his teammates picking up the win. Dickmann went 5 innings giving up 6 runs on 9 hits. Sean Toler (S, 11) picked up his 11th save finishing off the game.

Bite starter Gary Owens (L, 0-1) lasted just 4.2 innings giving up 7 runs on 6 hits including 3 home runs to take the loss.

With the win, Canberra clinches a playoff birth and still has a chance to finish in 1st place.

The final game of the night featured two-time defending champion Perth Heat against the Melbourne Aces. Perth had struggled coming into the weekend but won the fist game of the series. They would follow suit in game 2 with a 11-3 win.

Warwick Saupold (W, 1-1) picked up the win pitching 7 innings allowing just 3 runs on 9 hits. He was backed up by a Heat offense that pounded out 10 hits taking advantage of 3 Melbourne errors.

Allan de San Miguel hit his 7th home run of the season in the 8 run 7th inning Perth put up. Perth was trailing 3-1 heading into the 7th inning when the bats came alive. Perth put together an inning with a home run, 2 doubles, 3 singles, 5 walks, and a wild pitch to score 8 runs and put the game out of reach.

Kevin Reese (L, 2-6) took the loss lasting just 6.1 innings giving up 5 runs. He was relieved in the 7th inning by Kable Hogben who lasted just a third of an inning after giving up 4 runs including the 3-run home run.

ABL Scoreboard

Brisbane Bandits 0, Sydney Blue Sox 13

Canberra Cavalry 8, Adelaide Bite 7

Melbourne Aces 3, Perth Heat 11

Current ABL Standings

1. *Sydney Blue Sox 26-18

2. *Canberra Cavalry 25-19

3. Perth Heat 23-21

4. Adelaide Bite 21-23

5. Melbourne Aces 15-29

*clinched playoff birth

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Australia: Playoff Races Heat Up in Last Weekend of the ABL Regular Season

The final weekend of the ABL season kicked off on Thursday with five teams pushing to make the four team playoffs. Heading into the weekend the Brisbane Bandits and the Sydney Blue Sox were in the hunt for first place.

In the first game of the series, Sydney got the better of Brisbane winning 6-2. The Blue Sox used a 5 run 3rd inning to pull out the victory and take a 1 game lead in the standings over Canberra.

The middle of the order for Sydney really came through with the 2-5 hitters all pitching in with 2 hits apiece. James Robbins (2-for-4) doubled twice and drove in 2 runs. Shortstop Zachary Penprase drove in a pair of runs as well.

Craig Anderson (W, 8-2) tossed 7 innings giving up just 2 runs (1 ER) on 5 hits to help Sydney to the win. It was his league leading 8th win of the season and lowered his ERA to a league second best 2.10.

Chuck Lofgren (L, 4-3) took the loss for Brisbane giving up 5 runs in 5 innings of work.

The two teams will square off again on Friday night in game 2 of the 4-game series.

The two-time defending champion Perth Heat have been struggling of late dropping to 4th place in the standings and on the verge of falling out of the playoffs all together. However, they got a huge win on Thursday night that might just propel them into the playoffs.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the 9th to the Melbourne Aces, Perth staged a comeback scoring twice on a walk-off single by Corey Adamson (2-for-5) to win the game.

Both starters pitched well but neither factored into the decision. Heat starter Anthony Claggett tossed 6 innings giving up 2 runs on 8 hits while striking out 14.  Aces starter Lewis Thorpe pitched just as well going 5.1 innings allowing just 1 run on 3 hits.

Brenden Wise (W, 2-1) picked up the win pitching the final two innings in relief. Zachary Arneson (L, 1-2) blew his second save and took the loss for Melbourne.

James Beresford had a big day for the Aces in the loss going 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and a RBI.

With the win and a Brisbane loss, Perth is now tied for 3rd place in the standings with 3 games to play. Melbourne is the only team that has been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

The last match up for the weekend is Canberra against Adelaide. Canberra started the weekend tied for first with Sydney in the standings. Adelaide is the team on the outside looking in currently in 5th place. However, they are only a game out of a playoff spot.

In their first game of the series, the Adelaide Bite got a pair of home runs from third baseman Stefan Welch (2-for-4 /3 RBI) and a stellar performance from starter Dushan Ruzic (W, 5-2).

Welch put the Bite on the board in the 2nd with a solo shot giving them a 1-0 lead. Then with the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the 8th, Welch connected again. This time it was a 2-run shot that gave the Bite the win.

Ruzic pitched 8 strong innings allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5. Andrew Kittredge (S, 6) picked up the save pitching the 9th.

Brian Grening started and pitched well for Canberra, but didn’t factor into the decision lasting just 6 innings giving up 2 runs. Reliever Brodie Downs (L, 0-1) took the loss.

Josh Cakebread picked up 3 hits in 4 at bats for the Bite in the win, and Aaron Sloan hit a 2-run home run for the Cavalry.

The loss drops Canberra a game out of first place. Adelaide is still one game out of a playoff spot with three to play.

ABL Scoreboard

Brisbane Bandits 2, Sydney Blue Sox 6

Canberra Cavalry 3, Adelaide Bite 4

Melbourne Aces 3, Perth Heat 4

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Australia: Heading into Final Weekend Five Teams Alive in Playoff Hunt

The Australian Baseball League is down to one final weekend of play before the playoffs, and four of the five teams are still in the hunt for a birth.

This past weekend the two top teams in the league faced off with one another splitting a four game set. Sydney jumped out in Game 1 with a 12-8 victory. Sydney pounded out 17 hits en route to the win. Trent D’Antonio went 5-for-6 driving in 4 runs and scoring 4 more. In the 3rd inning he blasted a 3-run home run, his fifth of the season. Mitch Dening added 4 hits of his own.

Craig Anderson (W, 7-2)  picked up the win going 6 innings allowing 7 runs (5 earned). Brian Grening (L, 4-2) took the loss lasting only 3 innings.

Canberra hit 3 home runs in the loss including one from Jeremy Barnes’  5th, Marcus Knecht’s  4th, and Kody Hightower’s 5th.

Canberra bounced back in Game 2 battling back from a 7-2 deficit to pull out an 8-7 win. Trent D’Antonio went deep for his 5th home run of the season driving in 2. Geoffrey Klein added 3 hits of his own driving in a run. Sean Toler (W, 2-0) picked up the win in relief.

In the loss, Michael Wells went 4-for-5, and Antonio Callaway homered. Adam Buschini hit his league leading 11th home run in the 7th, a 3-run shot.

Game 3 was a runaway win for Sydney who jumped out to a 4-run lead and never looked back winning 10-2. Mitch Dening had another big game driving in 4 runs going 3-for-5 a home run shy of the cycle. Brad Thomas (W, 2-2) went 6 innings allowing 2 runs to pick up the win.

Down a game in the standings, Canberra needed 12 innings to win and put the two teams in a tie for first. John Holdzkom pitched well going 6 innings striking out 7 and not allowing a run. Ryan Stovall had a big game going 3-for-5 hitting a 2-run home run and scoring 3 runs.

Sydney Blue Sox 12, Canberra Cavalry 8
Sydney Blue Sox 7, Canberra Cavalry 8
Sydney Blue Sox 10, Canberra Cavalry 2
Sydney Blue Sox 3,  Canberra Cavalry 4

In the match for third place, the Perth Heat and the Brisbane Bandits squared off in a weekend series. Perth took the first game and went up two games in the standings over Brisbane. After being held scoreless for the first six innings, Perth got on the board with a run in the 7th to make it 3-1. Then in the 8th they busted out for 4 more runs. Brenden Webb hit a home run, his 5th, in the 7th inning. Anthony Claggett (W, 4-5) picked up the win pitching 7 innings allowing only 3 runs. Brendan Wise (S, 3) picked up the save pitching the last 2 innings in releif.

However, that’s all Perth could manage in the weekend. On Saturday the two teams played a double header with Brisbane taking both games. In the first game of the day, James Schult (W, 3-2) pitched 6 shutout innings allowing only 2 hits, while Justin Erasmus (S, 2) picked up the save. The two teams combined for only 5 total hits.

The 2nd half of the double header wasn’t as close at it appeared. Brisbane won 8-5 but Perth needed a 4-run 9th inning to make it close. Brisbane powered its way past the Heat as David Sutherland (1st), C.J. Beatty (5th), and Ryan Battaglia (4th) all hit home runs. Daniel Schmidt (L, 6-3) took the loss, while Ryan Searle (W, 3-1) picked up the win pitching 8 innings allowing just 1 run.

In the final game of the weekend series, Brisbane once again took down Perth 8-2 to stretch their 3rd place lead to 2 games over Perth. Rhys Niit (W, 2-0) picked up the win pitching 6 innings and Rory Rhodes (3-for-5) and Logan Wade (1-for-3) each drove in a pair of runs.

Perth Heat 5, Brisbane Bandits 4
Perth Heat 0, Brisbane Bandits 2 (7)
Perth Heat 5, Brisbane Bandits 8
Perth Heat 2, Brisbane Bandits 8

In the other action of the weekend, Adelaide faced off with Melbourne with the two teams splitting the series. Adelaide won the final two games to stay within 4 games out of first place and only 1 game out of a playoff spot.

Adelaide Bite 2, Melbourne Aces 3
Adelaide Bite 2, Melbourne Aces 8
Adelaide Bite 12, Melbourne Aces 6
Adelaide Bite 9, Melbourne Aces 0

ABL Standings

1. Canberra Cavalry 24-18

2. Sydney Blue Sox 24-18

3. Brisbane Bandits 22-20

4. Perth Heat 21-21

5. Adelaide Bite 20-22

6. Melbourne Aces 15-27

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WBC: Team Australia Announces Provisional Roster

Team Australia announced its provisional roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic on Thursday.

The roster features eight former Major Leaguers including Peter Moylan, Luke Hughes, and Ryan Rowland-Smith. The roster features a lot of young talented Australians, but unfortunately the countries two current Major Leaguers Grant Balfour and Travis Blackley (both playing for Oakland) are unavailable for the tournament.

That doesn’t mean the team isn’t experienced in international play. Several of the players have played in different international tournaments including Brad Thomas, Justin Huber, and Chris Snelling. Several of the players competed in the 2009 tournament where they upset host Mexico 17-7 hitting four home runs and setting a tournament record for hits in a game with 22.

However, the team will face stiff competition in the opening round in Taiwan facing powerhouses South Korea, Taiwan, and The Netherlands.


Last Name
First Name
San Diego Padres (A)
Glen Waverley
Minnesota Twins (AA)
Melbourne Aces (ABL)
Melbourne Aces (ABL)
De San Miguel
Baltimore Orioles (A)
Sydney Blue Sox (ABL)
Melbourne Aces (ABL)
Melbourne Aces (ABL)
New York Mets (AAA)
Colorado Rockies (A)
Atlanta Braves (AA)
Philadelphia Phillies (AAA)
Canberra Cavalry (ABL)
LA Dodgers (AAA)
Sydney Blue Sox (ABL)
Brisbane Bandits (ABL)
Chicago Cubs (AAA)
Atlanta Braves (AAA)
Adelaide Bite (ABL)
Detroit Tigers (A)
Chicago Cubs (AA)
North Miami, FL
Sydney Blue Sox (ABL)
Mona Vale
San Francisco Giants (AAA)
Brother Elephants (CPBL)
Marysville, CA
Milwaukee Brewers (A)
Pittsburgh Pirates (AA)
Sydney Blue Sox (ABL)
Minnesota Twins (AAA)
Jon Deeble
Phil Dale
Pitching Coach
Glenn William
Hitting Coach
Michael Collins
Tony Harris
Graeme Lloyd
Greg Jelks

For more information visit Australia Baseball.

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Who will win the 2017 World Baseball Classic?

  • Puerto Rico (31%, 27 Votes)
  • Dominican Republic (13%, 11 Votes)
  • USA (13%, 11 Votes)
  • Mexico (11%, 10 Votes)
  • Other (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Cuba (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Venezuela (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Netherlands (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Japan (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Chinese Taipei (1%, 1 Votes)
  • South Korea (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Canada (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 88

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