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Brisbane Bandits repeat as Australian Baseball League Champions


The Brisbane Bandits repeated as Australian Baseball League champions this weekend winning their second straight Claxton Shield. The Bandits swept the Melbourne Aces to claim the title.

Game 1 Brisbane 6, Melbourne 2

The Bandits blasted former Texas Ranger Mark Hamburger for 6 runs in Game 1. Hamburger tossed 8 innings in the loss. He gave up 10 hits but struck out 10. However, the Bandits used the long ball to propel themselves to victory hitting 4 home runs off of Hamburger.

Trent Oeltjen, another former big leaguer, got Brisbane off to a quick start with a 2-run homer in the top of the first inning. The Bandits would never trail. After picking up another run in the top of the 2nd, Bandits starter Justin Erasmus gave up 2, 2-out hits making the score 3-2. Erasmus would not factor into the decision going only 2.1 innings. The Bandits pitching staff, including former big leaguer Ryan Rowland-Smith, shut down the Aces bats for the final 7 innings.

David Rodriguez would add a solo shot in the 3rd inning giving Brisbane a 4-2 lead. Then in the top of the 8th, the Bandits added back-to-back solo shots from Logan Wade and Kevin Padlo to finish off the Aces in Game 1.

Game 2 Brisbane 3, Melbourne 1

In the final game of the season, Kramer Champlin pitched Brisbane to its second straight Claxton Shield. Champlin tossed 7.0 innings giving up just 1 run on 1 hit. He struck out 6 picking up the win. The lone run for the Aces off of Champlin came in the 4th inning on a solo home run by Cody Jones.

Aces starter Josh Tols pitched well too matching Champlin for 5 innings. However, after Tols was pulled in the 6th reliever Jon Kennedy gave up 2 runs in 0.1 innings to take the loss. It took 3 Aces relievers to get out of the 6th inning with no further damage. Former big leaguer Peter Moylan finished off the game throwing 3 shutout innings for Melbourne, but the bats never came alive.

Brisbane took an early 1-0 lead on a Wade Dutton RBI single to drive in Liam Bedford. But the lead was short lived as two innings later Jones would homer to tie the game at 1. In the 6th, with runners at the corners Allan de San Miguel allowed a past ball letting Kevin Padlo to score from 3rd base. A few batters later, Aaron Whitefield grounded out to 2nd baseman James Beresford driving in David Sutherland from 3rd base for the final run of the game.

Ryan Searle pitched the final 2.0 innings striking out 4 to pick up his second save of the playoffs.

Brisbane Bandits  Australian Baseball League champions

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Playoffs Set for this Weekend in Australian Baseball League


The playoffs in the Australian Baseball League begin this weekend. The Brisbane Bandits will have a chance to repeat as champions, but they will have to go through the Adelaide Bite in the first round of the playoffs.

Adelaide finished in second place during the regular season going 23-17, 3 games behind first place Melbourne. Brisbane finished 4.5 games out of first, but both Brisbane and Adelaide head into the playoffs on an 8-2 clip over the past 10. Melbourne on the other hand has struggled going 3-7 to finish the season.

The playoffs of the ABL are set up with the 1st place team having a week off while the 2nd and 3rd place teams play for a spot in the championship. Melbourne will be awaiting the winner of this weekends playoffs.

Adelaide might be after a little payback this year. Last season Brisbane defeated Adelaide in the finals 2-0 to claim its first title.  However, the two teams split during this season.

Brisbane will travel to Adelaide for Game 1 on Friday night (early Friday morning US time). Then both teams will travel to Brisbane for Game 2 on Saturday and if necessary, Game 3.

Final ABL Standings:

  1. Melbourne Aces 26-14
  2. Adelaide Bite 23-17
  3. Brisbane Bandits 21-18
  4. Canberra Cavalry 20-20
  5. Sydney Blue Sox 15-24
  6. Perth Heat 14-26

ABL Playoff Schedule:

Friday February 3rd
Brisbane at Adelaide

Saturday February 4th
Adelaide at Brisbane

Sunday February 5th
*Adelaide at Brisbane
*if necessary

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Playoff Picture Wide Open Heading into Last Weekend of ABL Season


It was an exciting weekend in the Australian Baseball League with two series sweeps. The final weekend will be a wild one as three teams are fighting for the last playoff spot.

While the Melbourne Aces (24-12) have already clinched a playoff spot, but they limp into the final weekend of the regular season being swept by the current second place team Adelaide Bite (20-16). Despite the good season so far for the Aces, they definitely want to gain a little momentum heading into the playoffs. They are facing the right opponent just for that too in the final week, the last place Perth Heat (12-24).

The series between the Aces and Bite helped Adelaide jump a spot to the no. 2 seed currently heading into the final weekend of the season. The Bite played well all weekend and with the four wins passed the Canberra Cavalry who split their weekend series with the Sydney Blue Sox.

Thanks to ABL TV I was able to watch the final game of the series between the Aces and Bite. I walked away quite impressed with a few player in particular from the Bite. The first to draw my attention was Texas Rangers prospect Josh Altmann. Altmann went 2-for-4 in the game with a long 2-run home run, but I was even more impressed by his two outfield assists. He threw out James Beresford at home, and then to kill a potential rally again he nailed Austin Darby late in the game trying to stretch a single into a double.

Zach Cooper (W, 2-0) pitched well for the Bite to pick up the win, but I was most impressed by Josh Tols for the Aces. He came in and pitched four innings of near perfect relief. He walked one, gave up no hits, and struck out seven. Tols has been an impressive reliever over his time in the ABL. In his four seasons he has compiled a 16-5 record with a 1.99 ERA over 57 games. Mostly in relief, only 4 starts, and mostly with the Adelaide Bite, Tols has struck out 130 over 108.1 innings. He has pitched in different independent leagues over the past few summers, the last two for the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association.

As a fan of the game at home in the USA and abroad it was nice to see Peter Moylan still hurling the ball as he pitched a perfect inning for the Aces in relief to finish off the game.

The Brisbane Bandits got a walk-off home run from Tampa Bay Rays prospect Kevin Padlo (3-for-5) to seal the sweep. David Rodriguez (2-for-4) also homered for the Bandits in the win as they made a furious comeback in the late innings to overcome a 7-2 deficit to win 9-8.

Perth jumped out early on a Josh Kennelly three-run bomb to put the Heat up 3-0. Luke Hughes would put the Heat up 8-6 in the top of the 8th inning with a solo shot, only to see the Bandits get 3 runs in the last two innings to pull off the win.

The Bandits did not have the only walk-off win on Sunday. The Sydney Blue Sox pulled one off late as well scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to pull off the win and even the weekend series with the Canberra Cavalry at two games apiece.

Both teams score in bunches as Sydney went up early with a four run 4th inning. After a single run in the 5th by the Cavalry, they surged on top of the game with a 5 run 6th inning. But with the strong 9th inning the Blue Sox pulled off the win. You can see the final play below courtesy of the Sydney Blue Sox.

 

Weekend ABL Schedule:

Thursday January 19th
Adelaide 4 at Melbourne 1 (11)
Perth 2 at Brisbane 3

Friday January 20th
Adelaide 4 at Brisbane 3
Canberra 5 at Sydney 3
Perth 6 at Brisbane 8

Saturday January 21st
Canberra 1 at Sydney 5
Canberra 2 at Sydney 1
Adelaide 6 at Melbourne 2
Perth 7 at Brisbane 8

Sunday January 22nd
Adelaide 5 at Melbourne 1
Perth 8 at Brisbane 9
Canberra 6 at Sydney 7

Current ABL Standings:

Club W L PCT GB Home Away L10 Streak
Melbourne Aces 24 12 .667 13-7 11-5 4-6 L4
Adelaide Bite 20 16 .556 4.0 9-7 11-9 7-3 W5
Canberra Cavalry 19 17 .528 5.0 10-6 9-11 5-5 L1
Brisbane Bandits 18 17 .514 5.5 11-8 7-9 7-3 W5
Sydney Blue Sox 14 21 .400 9.5 11-9 3-12 3-7 W1
Perth Heat 12 24 .333 12.0 8-8 4-16 3-7 L5

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Australian Baseball League: Weekend Schedule and Standings


The Australian Baseball League is heading into the final stretch with just two weekends left before the playoffs begin. The Melbourne Aces have all but sown up the no. 1 seed in the playoffs needing just a win or a Canberra Cavalry loss. The Aces have a 6.5 game lead heading into the second to last weekend.

The bigger race at the moment is for the no. 2 and no. 3 seeds. Only two other teams after Melbourne will advance to play against each other in the first round of the playoffs. The winner of that best-of-3 series would then play the no. 1 seed in the final.

No team is quite fully out of it right now, but three teams are fighting for the last two playoff spots. Only two games separate the Canberra Cavalry, Adelaide Bite, and Brisbane Bandits. The rest of the league is just 3.5 games out of third place.

Melbourne is currently playing Adelaide this weekend with Adelaide already taking Game 1 in 11 innings last night. Perth (currently 12 games out of first) is taking on Brisbane this weekend with the Bandits taking Game 1 of the series as they try to keep pace with Adelaide and fight for one of the final two playoff spots.

Weekend ABL Schedule:

Thursday January 19th
Adelaide 4 at Melbourne 1 (11)
Perth 2 at Brisbane 3

Friday January 20th
Adelaide at Brisbane
Canberra at Sydney
Perth at Brisbane

Saturday January 21st
Canberra at Sydney (DH)
Adelaide at Melbourne
Perth at Brisbane

Sunday January 22nd
Adelaide at Melbourne
Perth at Brisbane
Canberra at Sydney

Current ABL Standings:

Club W L PCT GB Home Away L10 Streak
Melbourne Aces 24 9 .727 13-4 11-5 7-3 L1
Canberra Cavalry 17 15 .531 6.5 10-6 7-9 5-5 L1
Adelaide Bite 17 16 .515 7.0 9-7 8-9 5-5 W2
Brisbane Bandits 15 17 .469 8.5 8-8 7-9 6-4 W2
Sydney Blue Sox 12 19 .387 11.0 9-7 3-12 3-7 L1
Perth Heat 12 21 .364 12.0 8-8 4-13 5-5 L2

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