ABL: Perth vs Brisbane Championship Series

Despite quite some investments on players, the Sydney Blue Sox remain the only team in the ABL that hasn't played for the Claxton Shield yet. In the third and decisive game, two disastrous innings were the omen of the upcoming defeat by the Perth Heat (11-6). The Brisbane Bandits didn't have an easy game vs …

ABL: Canberra and Perth force third, decisive game

After having lost game one of the semi-finals, the Perth Heat beat the Sydney Blue Sox 3-1 in game two and the Canberra Cavalry beat the Brisbane Bandits 8-6. Both teams forced a decisive third game in the semis. The game between the Cavalry and the Bandits was one that went back and forth until …

ABL: Semifinals set

Today was the last day of the regular competition in the ABL. Only two games were played. The Perth Heat fell to the Canberra Cavalry 4-5 and the Brisbane Bandits beat Geelong-Korea 4-3. With these results, the following playoff schedule will be effective: The Canberra Cavalry will face the Melbourne Aces in the wild-card game …

ABL: Auckland clinches historic win, another outing for Loek van Mil

The Auckland Tuatara managed to clinch a historic win today as they beat the Melbourne Aces 8-4 in game two of a doubleheader. With this win, the Tuatara managed to win its first series of their inaugural season. Even in the series vs Geelong-Korea, Auckland did not manage to clinch a win as the series …

ABL: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth clinch playoff berth

In close playoff spot races, it will not come down to the final weekend as all four playoff spots were clinched this weekend by the Blue Sox, the Bandits, the Aces, the Cavalry, and the Heat. After the Blue Sox lost the first game against the Auckland Tuatara 6-0, the club bounced back with close …

ABL: Sydney down to earth after sweep by Canberra

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 …

ABL round seven: Sydney takes commanding lead

With three more rounds to play, everything is still possible. But the Sydney Blue Sox have made an important step to clinch a spot in the semi-finals. As the Blue Sox won today's game and the series vs the Brisbane Bandits, the Perth Heat had an easy series vs the Adelaide Bite. Today, the Sydney …

Blue Sox win in WALK-off fashion

With the series vs the Brisbane Bandits tied at one, the Sydney Blue Sox have beaten the Bandits in walk-off fashion (3-4). After trailing 3-0 after the second inning, the Sox inched closer and eventually scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. After Alessandro Maestri was masterful once again on Thursday, he …

ABL: Two sweeps and two 3-1 series wins

Behind some strong offense and solid pitching (at times), the Sydney Blue Sox handed a 4-0 series loss to the Perth Heat. The Canberra Cavalry swept the Geelong-Korea team, Brisbane clinched a 3-1 series win vs Melbourne as both teams played a tripleheader on Saturday and the Adelaide Bite clinched a 3-1 series win over …

Limited action for most of Dutch hoofdklasse players in ABL

This weekend, the (former) Dutch hoofdklasse players did not see much action. The only one who got plenty of playing time was Dwayne Kemp. The others were limited to an inning or a few at-bats. Shogo Nakashima, the solid reliever of the Sydney Blue Sox, pitched only one inning in Saturday's 5-1 win over the …

Dutch teammates face each other in ABL

  Today, Dutch hoofdklasse teammates Dwayne Kemp and Loek van Mil faced each other in the matchup between the Brisbane Bandits and the Sydney BlueSox. Even though Kemp bested his teammate Van Mil, the Blue Sox ended up at the wrong side of the score after ten innings: 5-6.  Just like last week, the Blue …

Not a great day for Dutch hoofdklasse players in ABL

Two of the three Dutch hoofdklasse players in the Australian Baseball League, did not have a great day. Sam Kennelly and his Perth Heat didn't make it through the first inning due to inclement weather. Dwayne Kemp and Shogo Nakashima lost 7-4 with the Sydney Blue Sox vs the Canberra Cavalry. The Blue Sox pitching …

Changes in Australian Baseball League

Today, the ABL sent a press release about the upcoming changes in the league. Not only is there new a new owner for two teams, there will be a Korean team participating in the 2018-2019 season. The Canberra Cavalry and the Sydney BlueSox have new owners. Two executives of the Cavalry have formed an ownership …

Donald Lutz returns to Brisbane Bandits

For the fourth time in his career, German international Donald Lutz will return to the Australian Baseball League. This stint will be his third with the Brisbane Bandits. His very first stint in the ABL was with the Canberra Cavalry. The tall German outfielder played the 2017 season for the Bravos de Leon of the …

ABL 2016/2017: Justin Erasmus earns win as Bandits clinch 2nd play off spot

With two of three races decided already, it was still a decsive day for both the Brisbane Bandits and the Canberra Cavalry. Both teams needed a win to clinch a play off spot, even though the Bandits still had an escape route if they would lose. The Canberra Cavalry hosted the Brisbane Bandits in the …

ABL 2016/2017: Adelaide clinches play off spot

The Adelaide Bite needed one more win on Saturday in the tenth round to clinch a play off spot. It seemed that their opponent, the Sydney BlueSox did everything to help them. Other games that were scheduled were the Brisbane Bandits @ Canberra Cavalry and the Melbourne Aces @ Perth Heat. On the opening day …

Decisive and exciting weekend in ABL ahead

This weekend (starting tomorrow) will be a decisive weekend in the ABL.  The Melbourne Aces have clinched a playoff spot already but in theory,  the Adelaide Bite can catch them and clinch a spot in the championship series. And of course, there will be the clash between the Canberra Cavalry and the Brisbane Bandits for a …