On the second day of the final round of the regular ABL season, the bad weather in Sydney continued, so the game was cancelled again. It is expected that both on Saturday and on Sunday double headers will be played.
With the play off landscape set, the remaining games were rather meaningless.
The Adelaide Bite hosted the Canberra Cavalry in what would be a very one sided game which was a slugfest from both sides. I know this sounds a bit contradictionary but the runs that the Cavalry scored came all from the long ball; two solo shots in the sixth inning and a two run dinger in the ninth.
But… Adelaide slugged a bit better as they doubled four times and hit five homeruns. John Schultz, Stefan Welch, Marc Wik and Wilson Lee hit the doubles. Stefan Welch, Nick Talbot, Marc Wik and Travis Demeritte (2x) all homered.
Eventually the Bite outscored the Cavalry 18-4 and outhit them 16-8.
The Bite only used two pitchers. Josh Tols took the win (W 4-1, 2.23 ERA) after seven innings. He allowed two runs on five hits, walked one and fanned seven. Christopher Horne pitched the final two innings and also gave up two runs, but on three hits.
Best hitter for the Bite was Kyle Petty with three hits out of four at bats, with three RBI and three runs scored.
The Brisbane Bandits hosted the Perth Heat and stayed at the right side of the score in a close game. Brisbane took the lead in the second inning after pitcher Edwin Carl wasn’t backed by his infield as it committed two fielding errors which led to an unearned run.
But the Heat bounced back in the fourth inning on a two run homerun, hit by Luke Hughes.
In the sixth inning the Bandits would tie the game. Andrew Campbell led off the inning with a double, followed by Bralin Jackson who was hit by a pitch. When Donald Lutz lined out to center field, Campbell advanced to third on the play. Eventually Campbell scored on Mitch Nilssons’ single to right field.
The fans got some free baseball because both teams didn’t score anymore in the regular nine frames.
The winning run came in the tenth inning when Ryan Battaglia hit the walk off homerun to left center field for the 3-2 win.
Despite going eight innings, Jason Jarvis did not get the win. It was Ryan Searle who got the W behind his name (W 5-2, 0,40 ERA). In two innings, Searle gave up one hit and struck out three.
Best hitter for Brisbane was Andrew Campbell, who went 2 for 4, with two doubles and a run scored. German DH Donald Lutz went 0 for 4 and struck out once.
With the play off landscape set, Brisbane has qualified for the championship series. Canberra and Adelaide will decide who will join Brisbane, in a best of three confrontation.
The play offs will be played from January 28 through January 31. The championship series from February 4 through February 7.