CRUSHERS WIN THE GRAND FINAL

The first season of the SLBA came to a thrilling conclusion on Wednesday night as the Dunmark Crushers claimed a 1-0 win over the Carp in a game that went down to the wire.

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Chris Sims proved to be the hero with the winning RBI single in the top of the seventh, Matt Hutchings scoring thanks to a key double into left field.

Crushers teammate Anthony Herrera claimed the Championship MVP following his clutch closing stint on the mound and hot defensive displays at third.

Carp pitcher Ryan Duncan won the SLBA Golden Arm after going the whole season without conceding a run, while Curtis Mead was the Tournament MVP.

Pitching power dominated the first sixth innings despite opportunities for both sides, with the best of the best proving there would be no easy road to success.

Momentum swings were hard to come by and even loaded bases were not a sign of runs.

For the Crushers, Jordy Grose and Joel Chapman worked through Carp hitters with few difficulties, while Carp starter Tyler Thompson sent his opponents packing.

Golden Arm winner Ryan Duncan ensured his scoreless season remained in-tact despite loading the bases.

Josh Lapiana replaced him, starring with just one allowed hit and one strikeout through two frames as the Crushers’ first key chance went begging.

Over at second base former Adelaide Bite player Josh Cakebread made several key plays with a diving stop on a likely single through to right field and quick hands in a double play.

Crushers duo Ben Andrews and Herrera stamped their authority as the game wore on as well, they both finished with a hit while Herrera closed out the final two innings without a hit and two strikeouts.

The key moment was Hutchings’ double in the top of the seventh, the game’s first extra base hit.

It broke the backs of the Carp, who had been riding strong pitching from Wilson Lee, and when Jeremy Cresswell singled, he was in the perfect position to snatch the win.

Grand Final Awards

Tomorrow evening at the Grand Final of Season 1 of the Super League Grand Final the following awards will be revealed.

The following are in the top 5 of votes for MVP as well as the nominees for the pitcher of the season. The MVP is decided by team nominations and a voting process which includes coaches, scorers and officials of the competition.

Super League MVP Top 5 Vote Getters

Ben Andrews (Crushers)
Landon Hernandez (Crushers)
Matt Hutchings (Crushers)
Curtis Mead (Carp)
Tom McGarry (Wasps)

“Golden Arm” – Pitcher of the 2018. Season
One of the following pitchers will be named pitcher of the inaugural season.

Chris Burkholder (Clippers)
Jordy Grose (Crushers)
Ryan Duncan (Carp)
Tom Fitzgerald (Wasps)

We look forward to seeing you all at the ground for a 7PM start of the Super League Grand Final!

SLBA SEASON STATS

SUPER LEAGUE BASEBALL 

ROUND ONE (October 10, 2018, 6pm/8.30pm) 

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E 

Crushers 1 2 0 0 0 1 3 7 -11 -1 Clippers 0 0 2 0 0 0 13 -3 -1 

Carp 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 -4 -2 Wasps 0 0 0 0 2 0 24-7-1 

ROUND TWO (October 17, 2018, 6pm/8.30pm) 

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E 

Clippers 0 1 1 0 0 3 x 5-9-3 Wasps 0 3 0 0 0 x x 3-7-0 

Crushers 0 1 1 4 0 1 x 7-7-2 Carp 0 0 2 0 0 x x 2-3-1 

ROUND THREE (October 24, 2018, 6pm/8.30pm) 

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E 

Crushers 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 6-5-1 Carp 1 0 2 0 3 3 x 9-11-3 

Wasps 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2-4-1 Clippers 0 0 1 0 0 1 x 2-2-4 

ROUND FOUR (October 31, 2018, 6pm/8.30pm) 

Team 1  2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E 

Carp 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2-7-0 Wasps 1 0 2 0 0 0 x 3-3-1 

Crushers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-2-0 Clippers 0 1 0 4 0 0 x 5-8-0 

ROUND FIVE (November 7, 2018, 6pm/8.30pm) 

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R-H-E Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E 

Crushers 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3-6-1 Carp 1 0 2 0 0 4 x 7-12-1 

Clippers 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3-6-2 Wasps 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 0-1-1 

ROUND SIX (November 14, 2018, 6pm/8.30pm) 

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E 

Wasps 0 7 1 1 0 1 0 10-10-3 Clippers 3 0 0 5 0 1 x 9-6-1 

Crushers0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2-3-1 Carp 0 0 0 3 0 0 x 3-3-3 

ROUND SEVEN (November 21, 2018, 6pm/8.30pm) 

Wasps vs ClippersCarp vs Crushers WASHED OUT 

ROUND EIGHT (November 28, 2018, 6pm/8.30pm) 

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E 

Wasps 0 1 1 0 1 0 x 3-8-2 Clippers 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 6-8-0 

Carp 0 0 0 0 0 5 x 5-7-2 Crushers 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2-7-2 

ROUND NINE (December 5, 2018, 6pm/8.30pm) 

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E Team  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E 

Carp1 2 0 0 0 0 1 4-8-0 Crushers 4 0 0 0 2 0 3 9-11-1 

Clippers 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2-3-2 Wasps 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4-9-1 

PREMIERSHIP TABLE 

Teams P W L T P R F R A Diff 

Carp 8 5 3 01 5 3 3 2 6 +7 

Crushers 8 4 3 1 1 3 3 6 3 3 +3 

Clippers 8 3 4 1 1 0 3 5 3 5 even 

Wasps 8 3 5 0 9 2 9 3 9 -10  

PRELIMINARY FINAL (December 12, 2018, 7pm) 

Team1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R-H-E 

Clippers 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 -2-7-4 

Crushers 6 0 0 2 5 1 x -14 -15 -0 

 

GRAND FINAL PREVIEW

CRUSHERS OR CARP? 

By Robert Laidlaw 

The inaugural Super League Baseball season finishes tonight with the grand final, and as it opened, with Carp playing Crushers. 

Through the season all four teams have beaten each other at least once, which highlights the evenness of the competition, with all teams in the running for a finals berth up to the final round. 

Carp started the season with two losses, then won five of the final six games to claim top spot on the ladder and direct access to tonight’s premiership-decider. 

As for Crushers, they won their first three games, then had to wait to the final minor round game to finally taste victory again, against Wasps, which propelled them into second spot and last week’s knockout semi with Clippers. 

And what a belting Crushers dished out last Wednesday, beating Clippers 14-2 – the highest score and biggest margin of the season, while their 15 hits was also a record. 

In head-to-head clashes, Crushers beat Carp 7-1 in round one, before going down 0-2 in round four, with the round seven fixture washed out. 

Now for the big game. Will it be Carp’s consistent form over the latter stages of the season that will prevail, or has Crushers built up enough momentum over the past fortnight to take out the inaugural championship? 

In batting, Curtis Mead for Carp has been on fire to lead the league with a .625 average, while Crushers have two hitters over .400, Ben Andrews and Matt Hutchings. 

Landon Hernandez has a league-leading eight RBIs with Crushers, and Andrews seven (the only player with multiple home runs with two), with Wilson Lee also on seven to lead the Carp. 

As for pitching, Ryan Duncan has 13 K2s for Carp, while Nathan Vanderlinden has 12, while for the Crushers, Jordy Grose also has 12. 

Both teams have a two-game winner, in Vanderlinden for Carp and David Carroll for Crushers. 

Signs to watch for the grand final: Carp like to score early and restrict the opposition, while Crushers can build big innings quickly. 

These teams can mount a rally, with Carp scoring multiple runs in an inning nine times, and Crushers 10 times (plus another three last week), while Carp’s highest two frames, of four and five runs, came in the final dig – so it’s never over until it’s over! 

Strap in for a roller-coaster ride to the end of an expected thrill a minute seven innings of high-octane baseball. 

Crushers Thump Clippers 14-2 to Advance to Grand Final

The Dunmark Crushers lived up to their name with a massive 14-2 victory over the Clippers in the 2018 Super League Preliminary Final.
It was the most dominant display in an otherwise very tight inaugural SLBA season. In a season where we entered the final week with all teams within a win, this game was anything but close.
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“It was pretty dominant,” said Crushers infield Jeremy Cresswell after the game. “Everybody in the line up is dangerous and we all got hot and peaked at the right time.”

Cresswell himself had a leading four of the 15 team hits in the landslide win.

“It was a well documented slow start to the season for me. Everyone seemed to be waiting me to pick it up and I did so it feels good.

The strange thing about the sport of baseball is while the score was a blowout, you can always trace it down to that one little moment when it was close.

Baseball can be a fickle game. Perhaps like no other sport the small margins are magnified.

Clippers starter Tim Day had bases loaded and two outs with Gary Owens coming to the plate in the first.

Owens chopped the ball on what looked like a routine ground out but just beat the throw to first. Had he been a second slower the Clippers would have been out of the inning in a scoreless game.

Instead a Bruce Wang 2-RBI hit and a three-run Nick Talbot moon shot launched the Crushers to a 6-0 lead.

Little margins, little differences and a slight extra burst of speed to beat out the throw made a massive difference. Had the game remained tied, perhaps it would have had a different feel. Instead, the Crushers dominated.
The Clippers didn’t quit, however. Just like the team that started 0-3 and clawed their way back into a playoff spot, the Clippers scrapped their way back in the ballgame.

A sacrifice fly in the second inning and an Alex Carter solo shot in the fourth moved the boat men within four runs.

That quickly disappeared.

The Crushers kept flexing their muscles and grinded out two more runs by playing small ball in the fourth.

In the fifth, a barrage of singles from Anthony Herrera, Josh Cresswell and Matt Hutchings, Josh Cakebread and Ben Andrews further drove the nail in the coffin, pushing the Clippers out to a 13-2 lead.

The Crushers added another in the sixth.

In the end, all but one of the Crushers starting nine had a hit. The only member that didn’t was Landon Hernandez – who was 0-1 with two walks. Jeremy Cresswell led the way with four hits.

15 hits, 14 runs, and one ticket booked to the Grand Final. It was a dominating display.

At 7:00PM on Wednesday 19 December the Crushers will take on the minor-premier Carp in a battle for the first ever championship title.

Stay tuned for Grand Final details.

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Preliminary Final

By Chelsea Deckert and Jillian Davis 

Tomorrow night we will see the first ever preliminary round of the Super League. The Crushers face the Clippers for the last spot in the Grand Final. The winner of this game will play the Carp next week! 

After the Carp started their season with two straight losses, they became the first team to cement its place in the SLBA Grand Final on December 19. They have a bye this week as they wait to see who their opponent will be in the Grand Final. 

The Crushers secured second place last Wednesday when they beat the Wasps. The Wasps are now eliminated from the competition, setting up a semi-final battle with the Clippers this week. 

GAME ONE: Crushers vs. Clippers 

FIRST PITCH: 7:00pm (7 innings)

Players to Watch:  

Gary Owens (Crushers): Last week’s Highway Player of the Game went three for three with two RBI’s and two scored runs – on his birthday! What a what to celebrate! 

Jordy Grose (Crushers): Grose is a huge threat on the mound for the Crushers and will surely be relied upon against the Clippers tomorrow night. Last week, he had two strikeouts in two innings pitched and zero earned runs. 

Chris Burkholder (Clippers): Burkholder has had a pretty consistent season on the mound and will continue to be a key player for the Clippers during the playoff rounds. Last week, he pitched two innings with zero earned runs and three strikeouts.  

Alex Carter (Clippers): Carter has been putting the bat on the ball recently and has played a huge role in the Clippers success these past few rounds of the Super League. Last week in the Clippers loss against the Carp, Carter was the one of the few that contributed and had the team’s only RBI’s.  

Landon Hernandez (Crushers): Last week, Andrews went two for four with two scored runs and an RBI in the Clippers big win over the JSR Plumbing Wasps. Andrews has been consistent at the plate this season but is also a solid defenseman.  

LAST TIME THE CRUSHERS AND CLIPPERS FACED OFF:

Round 2: Ben Andrews from the Crushers and Evan Leblanc from the Clippers both hit huge homers early in the game, making us wonder who would claim the victory. In the end, the Crushers defeated the Clippers in a 7-5 battle.  

Round 5: The Dunmark Crushers ended their game in the Super League’s first ever tie against the Clippers ending with in a 3-3 score.  

Round 8: After pitchers dominated the first four frames another comeback was on the cards as the Dunmark Crushers fought back from 2-0 down in the sixth, before the Clippers claimed an emphatic 6-2 victory. 

Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip: This matchup will be an interesting one, to say the least. Both the Clippers and the Dunmark Crushers have had their fair share of ups and downs this season and we never know what to expect with either of them. We’re going to have to go with the Dunmark Crushers on this one because of how well they performed offensively last week. We’re curious to see if they can bring the same energy into the preliminary final.  

Score Prediction: 6-2, Dunmark Crushers

 

ROUND 9 RECAP

GAME ONE: CARP 4 def. CLIPPERS 2

After the Carp started their season with two straight losses, they became the first team to cement its place in the SLBA Grand Final on December 19.

With a 4-2 win the Carp (5-3) are the only team with five wins in the inaugural SLBA season.

The Clippers (3-1-4) play the Crushers next Wednesday for a place in the decider.

Jumping out to an early 3-0 lead the Carp faced a fast fightback from the Clippers thanks to Alex Carter’s two-run homer in the third inning.

Young prospects did much of the damage for the Carp with Highway Player of the Game Curtis Mead collecting two hits alongside Blake Farr.

Mead’s sac fly in the first opened the scoring before he brought home Chinese import Sunny in the seventh to seal the deal.

Defensively Patrick Inglis made a sliding catch at centre field in the fifth, a play which surely denied the Clippers an extra base hit.

To their credit Jordan McArdle made a reflexive catch at first base, he snapped up a line drive that could have sped into the right field corner.

Carp starting pitcher Tyler Thompson struck out a pair, Wilson Lee backed him up with two hitless innings ahead of Nathan van der Linden pitching out the final inning.

For the Clippers reliever Chris Burkholder was the first of theirs to go two innings, the American struck out three hitters.

GAME TWO: CRUSHERS 9 def. WASPS 4

The Crushers (4-1-3) scored in bursts to secure second place, eliminating the Wasps (3-5) in the process and setting up a semi-final battle with the Clippers next week.

Late controversy, courtesy of Taylor Travess’ switch from centre field straight to the mound, didn’t pay off for the Wasps as the Crushers scored two runs on loaded bases against the reliever.

Led by three hits to Gary Owens and two to Ben Andrews it was one-way traffic for most of the game, as the Crushers tallied a 4-0 lead in the first inning.

Picking out gaps across the park, they controlled the momentum against starter Tom Fitzgerald.

Quiet innings followed as Owen Wang steadied with two hitless innings, the Crushers had the pick of the bunch in terms of pitchers, though.

Jordy Grose struck out four during his start while Joel Chapman had a pair of strikeouts from two perfect innings.

The game moved through three scoreless innings in a hurry until Andrews picked up his second double in the fifth with Woods unable to make up ground on a deep hit to left field.

Dangerous top order hitting saw Owens notch an RBI single for his third hit before Bruce Wang followed with an infield RBI single, making it 6-0.

Lacking consecutive hits, the Wasps finally broke down their opposition in the fifth behind singles to Bas Nooij and Tom McGarry.

Courtesy runner Seiichiro Suzuki sped around the bases on McGarry’s hit, in place of catcher Nooij, scoring on Travess’ left field grounder.

A two-run single to Woods had the Wasps right in the game at 6-3 but they could not produce the final push they needed for victory.

Instead the Crushers plated three more runs on loaded bases in the seventh, with a late RBI single from Austin Gallagher not enough to keep his side alive.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Carp are through to the GF with the Clippers and Crushers facing off on December 12 for their place in the decider.

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