Last week things really seemed to go the Blue Sox way as they had taken a 4.5 game lead over the Brisbane Bandits in the standings. But after this weekend’s sweep by the Canberra Cavalry, things have become much more interesting again.
In the first game between the two teams, Alessandro Maestri, who was mostly lights out during the season, gave up three runs in six innings. After Shogo Nakashima kept Canberra limited to one hit in one inning, Deane Aldridge gave up three runs in the eighth. The three runs he gave up didn’t really matter anymore because the offense of the Blue Sox was kept in check rather well. They managed to score only twice. A close and high scoring affair on Friday was lost in the tenth inning. After Sydney took a one-run lead (9-8) in the top of the tenth inning, Todd van Steensel blew his second save of the season and took the loss after giving up two runs on four hits in the bottom of the tenth.
Both teams played a doubleheader on Sunday as Saturday’s game was rained out. In the first game of the doubleheader, all Canberra needed was a two-run fourth inning to clinch the win. In the second game the Cavalry brushed aside the Blue Sox 8-5.
Dutch hoofdklasse player Dwayne Kemp, did not have his best weekend as he went 3 for 15 (.200).
The Southwest Division-leading Perth Heat was dealt some blows by the Melbourne Aces as they split the four-game series. Dutch hoofdklasse player Sam Kennelly did not get much playing time. In the first game of the series, he had a pinch-hit at-bat in which he did not get a hit. In game four, Sam went 1 for 4.
The Brisbane Bandits clinched a rather easy (3-1) series win over the Auckland Tuatara. On Friday the Tuatara clinched their only win of the weekend and needed ten innings to accomplish that feat. After a 1-1 tie after nine innings, Auckland scored two runs in the tenth. With the tie-breaker rule in place, Auckland started the inning with runners on first and second when a single by Nick Tanielu loaded the bases before Luke Hansen doubled on a ground ball to left field to drive in two. Even though Brisbane loaded the bases in the bottom of the tenth, the club managed to score only one run.
Geelong-Korea managed to get one win vs the Adelaide Bite but in the remaining games, they were beaten up rather well, except for the 4-1 loss on Saturday. But in Sunday’s game, the Koreans never stood a chance as they were clubbed 21-1.
Thanks to Canberra’s sweep over Sydney and Brisbane’s 3-1 series win, things have gotten a lot more interesting in the standings of the Northeast division. Also the Southwest Division is more interesting after the two losses of the Perth Heat.
|Australian Baseball League Northeast|
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|Australian Baseball League Southwest|