It was one of those rare days in the Autralian Baseball League on which the top three teams lost to the bottom three.
The Sydney Blue Sox hosted the Adelaide Bite in a double header today.
Adelaide Bite 6 – 7 Sydney Blue Sox
In game one, the Blue Sox opened the score in the third inning when they scored a run when Tyler Bortnick scored from third on a bases loaded ground out to first base.
In the next inning the Bite stepped on it and took a 3-1 lead. Three singles and a triple allowed Kyle Petty, Marc Wik and Travis Demeritte to score.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Bite added three more runs to their total and it looked like if the Blue Sox would lose their seventh game in a row.
But this time they showed some flexibility and came back from a 5 run deficit.
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, Loek van Mil replaced Hei Chun Lee. Van Mil gave up a single to the first batter that he faced and thus allowed Sydney to score the first run of what would be a big inning. Rhys Hoskins singled next on a fly ball and drove in two more runs, to bring back the Blue Sox within two runs of the Bite.
After striking out Joshua Dean, Van Mil gave up a three run homerun to Grant Heyman that drove in the go ahead run which appeared to be the winning run.
Joshua Dean was the best hitter for Sydney. He went 3 for 4. But Grant Heyman had the most impact with two hits out of four at bats with which he drove in four runs.
Despite giving up three runs on three hits in the sixth , Aaron Sookee earned the win. Todd van Steensel earned his first save by pitching a seventh inning of no hit ball in which he gave up a walk.
Loek van Mil took the loss and the blown save (L 3-2, BS 2).
Adelaide Bite 2 – 9 Sydney Blue Sox (game 2)
In the second game the Blue Sox took a 3-1 lead in the second inning.
But the Bite inched closer in the next innings as they scored a run in the third and one in the fourth.
The Blue Sox loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the third inning but failed to extend their lead.
The fourth inning was an accumulation of bad plays by the Blue Sox. It started with, what was scored as a hit but what could have been called an error easily, when Marc Wik “singled” to third baseman Joshua Dean. Another would be error that was scored as a hit came when Corey Lyon also hit towards Joshua Dean. Dean was already thinking to make the double play so he failed to field the ball properly. Sure he did not touch it, but he should have fielded that ball. Next there was a comedy of errors when catcher Mike Quesada attempted to pick off Corey Lyon. First baseman Rhys Hoskins first dropped the ball and then chased Lyon towards second base before he threw the ball towards third where third baseman Joshua Dean bobbled it. Dean then chased Chris Adamson who was on his way back to second base. At the same time, Lyon returned to first but was bowled off by Dean who threw the ball towards pitcher Wayne Lundgren who tagged out Lyon for the second out. Next to the fielding errors, the baserunners blundered as well.
The bottom of the fourth showed lots of drama as Sydney had runners on the corners with Tyler Bortnick at bat. At one moment Bortnick asked for a time out but the home plate umpire did not award that request and Trent D’Antonio was picked off first base by catcher Landon Hernandez as D’Antonio thought that the game was dead and did not react on the throw.
Despite the havoc, Sydney scored two runs to take a 5-2 lead over Adelaide.
Anther big inning by the Blue Sox sealed the fate of the Bite. In the sixth, Sydney scored four more runs to reach the final score of 9-2.
Wayne Lundgren allowed two runs on six hits in six innings of work. He didn’t give up a walk and struck out four.
A play that needs to be mentioned was the play Blue Sox second baseman Tyler Bortnick who robbed Marc Wik from a line drive base hit in the top of the sixth inning, as he stretched out for the diving catch.
Brisbane Bandits 0 – 3 Melbourn Aces
What didn’t happen with George Brett in their ranks, happened without him. The Melbourne Aces beat the Brisbane Bandits.
In the bottom of the first inning, Melbourne took a 1-0 lead on a sac fly by Brad Haman that drove in Logan Moon.
Four innings later the Aces scored another run. Tanner Vavra led off with a double, advanced to third on a single by Darryl George. But it took the Aces a while before they could score as the Bandits retired two batters first. Eventually Mike Hill singled to center field to drive in Vavra from third.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Aces added an insurance run to their total and kept the Bandits at bay in the top of the ninth for the 3-0 win.
Logan Moon was the best hitter for the Aces as he went 3 for 5 with one RBI and a run scored. Jon Kennedy earned his first win (W 1-4) of the season as he pitched five innings of two hit ball. He walked two and struck out six.
Perth Heat 7 – 12 Canberra Cavalry
Also the heat flexed its muscles as it stayed on the right side of the score today. A seven run second inning was the foundation of this victory. The Heat’s offense didn’t stop at those seven runs, as they kept scoring runs.
Two in the fifth, one in the sixth and two more in the seventh. And they didn’t score those run for nothing as Canberra attempted to get back but fell five runs short in the end. Canberra scored a run in the bottom of the second, three in the fifht and one in each of the sixth, eighth and ninth inning.
Average wise, catcher Allan de San Miguel was the best hitter as he went 2 for 3 with a homerun, two walks, an RBI and two runs scored. The most impact had Derek Peterson, who went 3 for 6 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored.
Despite giving up four runs, Nick Veale earned the win (W 5-3) after spending five innings on the mound. He gave up eight hits, walked three and fanned one.