By: Jillian Davis and Chelsea Deckert
Last week, a seven-run second inning propelled the JSR Wasps to a 10-2 win over the Dunmark Crushers. The Clippers moved back into grand final contention with a 9-3 win over the Carp after Jordan McArdle mashed a three-run home in the first inning to set the tone for the victors.
Suddenly just one game separates first from last. There’s no time for mistakes this week. The JSR Wasps tackle the Clippers while the Carp play the Dunmark Crushers, with the Crushers leading the league by just one point. A loss for any team with three games to play could be the end.
We are now down to the last three games of Super League and the competition is on fire. It’s looking to be a nice night, so get down to West Beach to watch your favorite teams battle head to head. We are past the halfway mark in the Super League and eager to see who will make it to the Grand Final. Stick around to find out!
GAME ONE: JSR Plumbing Wasps vs Clippers
FIRST PITCH: 6:00pm (7 innings or 2 hours)
This season so far: After a tough start in the league for the Clippers, hopefully they start getting on a roll now as they’ve taken their first two wins in the past two weeks. The JSR Plumbing Wasps have a record of 3-3 and defeated the Dunmark Crushers last week 10-2. This should surely be an interesting game as one team has established dominance in the league, and another has been on the come up for a few weeks now.
Players to Watch:
Timothy Day (Clippers): Day had a killer game last week on the mound with four strikeouts in two innings pitched. Day now leads in the league for strikeouts with a total of eleven so far this season.
Jordan McArdle (Clippers): McArdle had his first homerun of the Super League season last Wednesday and went one for two at the plate. He also had two scored runs and three RBI’s. The Adelaide Bite golden boy is always full of surprises, including his last-minute change of a walkup song where he hit a homer to the tune of Let It Go from Frozen.
Tyrone Hambly (JSR Plumbing Wasps): Is that Tyrone? It’s Tyrone, again. Hambly joins the Players to Watch list again this week as he went two for three with two RBI’s and a scored run last Wednesday after crushing the Crushers.
Austin Gallagher (JSR Plumbing Wasps): Keep an eye out this week for our Highway Player of the Game Austin Gallagher as he went two for four with an RBI and a scored run in round six last week. Though we’re used to seeing him as the Wasps first baseman, Gallagher made his debut behind the plate against the Crushers and did an awesome job defensively.
Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip: After the Carp’s run was ended by the Clippers last week in a 9-3 loss, it’ll be interesting to see how they bounce back against the JSR Plumbing Wasps tomorrow night. The Wasps also defeated the Dunmark Crushers last week by 8 runs in a 10-2 final, so we’re going to have to hope the Hive will be buzzin’ at West Beach because we’re going with the JSR Plumbing Wasps on this one
Score Prediction: 7-4, JSR Plumbing Wasps
GAME TWO: Carp vs Dunmark Crushers
FIRST PITCH: 8:30pm (7 innings or 2 hours)
This season so far: The Dunmark Crushers have continuously shown they are a threat in the league, but after last week’s performance we have seen that they do indeed have weak spots. The Carp were also recently on fire but had their winning streak shot down last week by the Clippers. This matchup should be exciting as a win or a loss for either team will shift the ladder dramatically.
Players to Watch:
Nathan Van Der Linder (Carp): Van Der Linden was a fierce threat on the mound last week when he had five strikeouts in two innings pitched. Van Der Linden is a great utility player and takes advantage of any position he’s put in. He has quietly claimed himself as the third strikeout leader in the league.
Wilson Lee (Carp): Lee remains a player to watch as he continues to drive runs in for the Carp every week. After adding two more last week, Lee leads in RBI’s in the league with seven, with Ben Andrews from the Crushers following closely behind with six.
Ben Andrews (Crushers): Though the Crushers had a tough time competing with the JSR Plumbing Wasps last week, Andrews seemed to contribute most with one hit and one RBI. He also still leads in the homeruns in the league and is in second place for RBI’s.
Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip: We’re going to go with the Dunmark Crushers on this one because General Manager Michael Dunn will be mad at us if we don’t pick them. Prove us right, Dunny!
Score Prediction: 4-3, Dunmark Crushers