The Sydney Blue Sox and the Melbourne Aces split a double header today.
The first game went to Melbourne with a score of 6-3. The second game was won by Sydney with a 4-2 score.
In a prologue of the upcoming of the preliminary final between the Canberra Cavalry and the Adelaide Bite, the Cavalry cherished a one run lead for a long time. In the first inning, they scored on a bases loaded wild pitch, thrown by Matthew Williams. Only in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Bite took the lead. Connor O’Gorman scored from second base on a single by Travis Demeritte. After Demeritte stole second base, he scored on Chris Adamson’s double to right field.
In the top of the ninth inning, Kody Kerski entered the game in a save situation. But Kerski did not bring his A stuff as he gave up a double, two singles (of which a bunt) and a sac bunt . Thanks to these hits the Cavalry scored two runs to take the lead.
The Bite were retired in the bottom of the ninth by Michael Click, who earned the save, his tenth of the season. Aaron Thompson earned his third win of the seasaon after 1.1 innings of work in which he allowed one hit and struck out four.
Best hitter for Canberra was Ryan Miller, who went 2 for 4 with a double.
In the game between the Perth Heat and the Brisbane Bandits, the Heat was outhit and outscored by their opponent. The Heat only collected two hits, while the Bandits collected nineteen hits, of which eight doubles and a homerun. The Bandits jumped on Nick Veale of the Heat in the first two innings as they scored five runs. In the third and the fourth he settled down, but his team mates were kept on a leash by Travis Blackley, who lasted seven innings and gave up two hits and fanned nine.
Eventually the Bandits would score another run in the sixth inning and one in the seventh.
Blackley earned the win and David Sutherland was the best hitter, going 4 for 5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Donald Lutz collected two hits out of five at bats with a double and two RBI.