Last Thursday the Australian Baseball League season started again. The team of Dutch right hander Loek van Mil took on the Sydney Blue Sox. It wasn’t quite a successful start of the season for the Adelaide Bite, as they lost three out of four.
Opening Day was on Thursday as the Brisbane Bandits, with Justin Erasmus (this must be a familiar name to the fans of Oosterhout Twins (Dutch hoofdklasse) and the Munich-Haar Disciples (German First Bundesliga) in their ranks, took on the Canberra Cavalry. Erasmus pitched the second game of the series and lasted five innings and had a no-decision as he allowed two runs on six hits (one homerun). Erasmus walked one and struck out four. The Bandits won three games out of four: 3-2 on Thursday, 8-3 on Friday and 4-2 on Sunday. Saturday’s game was lost 8-2.
The Sydney Blue Sox had their home opener on Friday as they took on the Adelaide Bite. The Blue Sox won with a blowout score of 13-4. Loek van Mil did not appear on the mound for Adelaide in this game. He appeared in the second game of Saturday’s double header between the two games. The first game was won by the Blue Sox in seven innings as the first game of doulble headers in the ABL do always last for seven frames. Sydney won this game 2-0. The second game went into extra innings and was decided after a long rainout and eleven innings. At the start of the eleventh inning the game was still tied at two. By then Van Mil was pulled already. The Dutchman entered the game in the eighth inning and lasted three innings in which he limited the Blue Sox to only one hit as he struck out four. German right hander Sven Schueller pitched two innings for Sydney and limited the Bite to only two hits as he struck out two.
After he was pulled at the top of the eleventh, the flood gates of heaven opened and forced the grounds crew to pull out the tarp. Eventually the game could continue and the Blue Sox
scored the walk off run. Also in the ABL they use the tie-breaker rule, so the Blue Sox had runners on first and second. After Jacob Younis popped out to pitcher Matthew Williams, Michael Campbell doubled on a grounder to left field to drive in Stone Garrett for the walk off run.
Eventually the Adelaide Bite won their first game of the season today as they beat the Blue Sox 7-3. Loek van Mil did not appear in this game.
The other series in the ABL between the Melbourne Aces and the Pearth Heat was won by Melbourne as they also won three out of four matches. The Aces beat the Heat 8-1 on Friday, split the double header on Saturday with a 5-0 win and a 9-4 loss and won today’s game 5-1.