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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ROUND 9 INFORMATION + PREVIEW

By: Chelsea Deckert and Jillian Davis 

And just like that, we are down to our last round of the first season of Super League Baseball. The Super League is set for a massive final week with all four teams separated by just one win. 

In round 8, we saw the Carp take a 5-3 win over the Wasps. The Carp are now in first place with 12 points. They could finish anywhere from first or third, though, with the Clippers and Crushers tied on 10 points and the Wasps hang at the bottom with 9 points.  

In the final round, the Clippers and Carp play the first game at 6 PM for an automatic grand final spot while the JSR Plumbing Wasps and the Dunmark Crushers play after at 8:30 PM in an elimination game. 

You don’t want to miss this last round of SLBA so get down to West Beach tomorrow night and see who makes the Grand Final! 

GAME ONE: Clippers vs. Carp 

FIRST PITCH: 6:00pm (7 innings or 2 hours)  

This season so far: This game is effectively a ‘Major Semi Final’ with the winner going straight through to the Grand Final and the loser getting a second chance game vs. the winner of the “minor semifinal.” A ticket to the Championship game is on the line.  

Players to Watch:  

Blake Farr (Carp): The Adelaide Bite stud went three for four last week in the big win against the JSR Plujmbing Wasps. Farr played a huge role in helping the Carp clinch the playoff spot and is someone to keep an eye out for in the last couple games of the season.  

Nathan Van Der Linden (Carp): Van Der Linden has proved to be a versatile player throughout the Super League season, but he’ll surely be a threat on the mound for the Carp in the finals.  

Terrell Joyce (Clippers): Joyce has had a great season so far with his time at Sturt and with the Clippers during Super League. Last week, Joyce went one for three with two RBI’s and was the Highway Player of the Game the week before.  

Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip: This will be an interesting one. As both teams stayed at the bottom of the ladder for the majority of the season, they proved everyone wrong as the underdogs. We think this will be a close one, but were going to go with the Carp on this one.  

Score Prediction: Carp, 5-3 

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GAME TWO: JSR Plumbing Wasps vs. Dunmark Crushers 

FIRST PITCH: 8:30pm (7 innings or 2 hours)  

This season so far: It’s simple: Win or Go Home. Welcome to an elimination final in the last minor round game of the season. The winner of this game will advance to the playoffs to play the loser of Carp vs. Crushers. The loser will sit at home next Wednesday night tuning into the Spacequake Sports Livestream powered by Blackchrome. 

Players to Watch:  

Jackson BrebnerRuss (Wasps): JBR pitched two shutout innings in last week’s game and struck out two. Throughout the entire season, he’s thrown eight total innings and given up only one run.  

Austin Gallagher (Wasps): Gallagher recently just signed with the Adelaide Bite and has been threat for weeks now. Last week, he went two for three with two RBI’s and was named Highway Player of the Game the week before.  

Anthony Herrera (Crushers): Herrera will be heavily relied on this week as the Crushers try to clinch a playoff spot. He can hit, he’s solid defensively and can performs incredibly well on the mound.  

Landon Hernandez (Crushers): He can hit the ball. It’s as simple as that. Hernandez went one for three with an RBI last week but continues to show  

Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip:  We’re going to choose the JSR Plumbing Wasps this round strictly because we want to see Matt Rabies get the W. We also think Rabies has a mean curveball that could potentially save the Wasps this game

Score Prediction: Wasps, 8-5

TV ratings for SLBA Coverage

Thanks to our partners Spacequake Sports and their livestream powered by Blackchrome, Super League Baseball has been lucky enough to be shown on Saturday afternoons on NITV.

Here are the television numbers:

10th November
5th of 15 programs aired
7,600 full views
20,400 partial views

17th November
8th of 15 programs aired
5,300 full views
22,500 partial views

24th November
7th of 15 programs aired
5,200 full views
22,700 partial views

These are encouraging numbers heading into our final round. Make sure you head to West Beach Parks to tune in live!

Carp (1st, 12 points) vs. Clippers (2nd, 10 points) – 6:00PM 

This game is effectively a ‘Major Semi Final’ with the winner going straight through to the Grand Final and the loser getting a second chance game vs. the winner of the “minor semi final”.

A ticket to the Championship game is on the line.

Dunmark Crushers (3rd, 10 points) vs. JSR Plumbing Wasps (4th, 9 points) – 8:30PM

It’s simple: Win or Go Home. Welcome to an elimination final in the last minor round game of the season. The winner of this game will advance to the playoffs to play the loser of Carp vs. Crushers.

The loser will sit at home next Wednesday night tuning into the Spacequake Sports Livestream powered by Blackchrome.

ROUND 8 RECAP

The Super League is set for a massive final week with all four teams separated by just one win.

With a 5-3 win over the Wasps, the Carp are now in first place with 12 points, clinching their finals berth.

They could finish anywhere from first or third, though, with the Clippers and Crushers tied on 10 points and the Wasps nine.

In the final found the Clippers and Carp play off for an automatic grand final berth while the Wasps and Crushers are in an elimination final.

GAME ONE: CARP 5 def. WASPS 3

For five-and-a-half innings it looked like the JSR Wasps (3-4) were on their way to a relatively cruisy win, but a last-gasp comeback by the Carp (4-3) in the sixth saw the fighting fish secure their finals berth with a 5-3 victory.

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Mason Clavell was the Highway Player of the Game with the winning RBI in the sixth, as the Carp fought back from 3-0 for their fourth win of the tournament.

It was all yellow as the Wasps scattered their hits and runs, led by a pair of hits from Stefan Welch, Mitch Lightbody and Austin Gallagher.

The trio packed a punch while the Carp looked sluggish.

Wasps starter Jackson Brebner-Russ was their best on the mound with a pair of strikeouts from his two innings, American Matt Rabe backing him up with another two scoreless frames.

With a definite place in the grand final on the line the Carp, relief pitcher Wilson Lee helped them escape a pair of tight jams in the fifth and sixth, including loaded bases.

A comeback still looked unlikely, though, until they started to string together walks and hits in the bottom of the sixth.

That inning would ultimately be the final one as time became a factor and the likes of Josh LaPiana, Ryan Broome and Mason Clavell made solid connections.

Teenager Blake Farr continued his impressive tournament with three hits, while Clavell’s was arguably the most important with the sides tied at 3-3.

The catcher brought home two runs with a tidy single, helping the Carp complete a shock comeback.

GAME TWO: CLIPPERS 6 def. CRUSHERS 2

After pitchers dominated the first four frames another comeback was on the cards as the Dunmark Crushers (3-1-3) fought back from 2-0 down in the sixth, before the Clippers (3-1-3) claimed an emphatic 6-2 victory.

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Five of their runs were unearned with Dakota Thompson and Griffen Weber scoring from loaded bases on a wild throw to first.

Dylan Brammer and Theo Lakmeche survived on the same throw and the pair scored thanks to a clutch single from Terrell Joyce.

Thompson and Weber finished with two hits each while Crushers Ben Andrews and Matt Hutchings had a pair.

Starters Tim Day and Jordy Grose were relatively unchallenged for their respective sides, the game’s first run came in the fifth inning.

It was a tidy double-blow for the Clippers with runs in the fifth and sixth, hits from Dakota Thompson and Dylan Brammer doing the damage.

Two runs were only a small buffer, though, and in the sixth Hutchings combined with Cresswell to score the Crusher’s first run.

Landon Hernandez then tied it up with his RBI single and you could you could cut the tension with a knife when Connor Hill struck out Nick Talbot with loaded bases.

Setting sail the Clippers loaded the bases in the seventh, capitalising on poor fielding to score four runs with two outs and runaway with the W, keeping their finals chances alive ahead of next week’s must-win if they want to finish in first place.

ROUND 8 INFORMATION + PREVIEW

By: Chelsea Deckert and Jillian Davis 

 Last week, Super League was unfortunately cancelled. Round 7 will be considered a washout and we will continue with round 8 tomorrow night as scheduled. The games for round 7 will NOT be replayed. 

We are now down to the last two 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. With many possible outcomes, this round will show who will have a reserved spot in the Grand Final and who will need that extra win to enter. We are eager to see who will make it so stick around to find out!  

GAME ONE: Carp vs. JSR Plumbing Wasps 

FIRST PITCH: 6:00pm (7 innings or 2 hours)  

This season so far: The Carp were recently on fire but had their winning streak shot down last round by the Clippers. The JSR Plumbing Wasps have a record of 3-3 and defeated the Dunmark Crushers last round in a 10-2 game. 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. The winner of tonight’s matchup will automatically clinch a playoff spot. 

 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.   

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 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: Clippers 4, 2

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 GAME TWO: Dumark Crushers vs. Clippers 

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. 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 rounds. This matchup should be exciting as a win or a loss for either team will shift the ladder. If the Crushers defeat the Clippers tonight, they’ll automatically clinch a playoff spot.  

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.   

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: The Crushers have led in the ladder for the entire season. Though they’ve had some losses in the past few weeks, this game is crucial for their spot in the playoffs, so we’re really pulling for them.  

Score Prediction: Crushers, 6-4. 

ROUND 7 CANCELLED

Hi Super League Fans!

Due to the adverse weather, we will be cancelling round 7 of Super League tonight, 21 November.

This round will be considered a washout and we will continue round 8 next Wednesday as scheduled. The games for round 7 will NOT be replayed. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. Let’s hope for better weather next week.

Don’t forget to get down to West Beach this weekend for the home opener of the Adelaide Bite with four games in four days! Should be a weekend of fun since baseball is back!

ROUND 7 INFORMATION + PREVIEW

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! 

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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 

ROUND 6 RECAP

GAME ONE: Wasps (3-3) 10 def. Crushers (3-1-2) 2

A seven-run second inning propelled the JSR Wasps to a 10-2 win over the Dunmark Crushers, bringing the yellow-and-black level with the Crushers on three wins for the season, with just three rounds remaining.

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Both starters pitched through a quick first inning before the Wasps exploded behind two hits from Tyrone Hambly in the second, and four hitless innings from Tom Fitzgerald and Matt Watkins.

The middle of the Wasps order did the damage with Hambly, Austin Gallagher and Brad Torkington collecting two hits each

Torkington also cleared the left field fence with a deep bomb that beat Matt Hutchings as he tried to scale the fence and take a spectacular grab.

In the second Hambly had a lead-off single and scored as Joe Gluyas hit a double past a diving Gary Owens in centre field.

A flurry of action saw the score blow out, with a dropped catch by Ben Andrews in right field proving costly, before Hambly finished the seven-run explosion with a single, scoring the speedy duo of Seiichiro Suzuki and Mitch Lightbody.

Starter Fitzgerald moved through the top six Crushers with ease, Watkins allowed just one walk, before the bullpen came up against some trouble from the Crushers.

Todd McDonald broke up the no-hitter bid with a single against Matt Rabe in the fifth, but he was stranded on third, but some luck fell their way as a trio of errors saw any shutout hopes dashed in the sixth.

From third, Matt Hutchings scored on a throw which deflected off Jackson Brebner-Russ, while Josh Cakebread came home on a Ben Andrews double after initially reaching on a throwing error.

Those late runs proved to have little impact, however, as the Wasps eased home for a big win.

GAME TWO: Clippers (2-1-3) 9 def. Carp (3-3) 3

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.

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They only had six hits but scored nine runs, Carp pitchers struggled to find their ranges.

Clippers starter Tim Day was all class with four strikeouts over two hitless innings while Carp reliever Ryan Duncan had three strikeouts in two hitless frames.

A combined eight runs were scored in a bumper fourth with a RBI single to Alex Carter kickstarting a spree of five runs for the Clippers.

Against Nicholas Carfora they piled on the pressure and even Tom Norley could not escape in relief, he exited with loaded bases.

There was some solace as Terrell Joyce’s sac fly was the only score on loaded bases, the Carp managing to escape their jam.

Experience paid dividends in the bottom of the fourth through Wilson Lee who slugged a two-run triple into right field to build some hope for the trailing Carp.

They could not mount a bigger comeback, however, and Chinese import Roger combined with Connor Hill to pitch two scoreless innings, Roger had two strikeouts.

WHAT’S NEXT

Suddenly just one game separates first from last. There’s no time for mistakes next 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.

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ROUND 6 INFORMATION + PREVIEW

By: Chelsea Deckert and Jill Davis

We are now down to the last four games of Super League and the competition is on fire. The Dunmark Crushers remain in lead with the Carp coming up closely behind. The Dunmark Crushers ended their game last week in the Super League’s first ever tie against the Clippers ending with in a 3-3 score. The Clippers remain at the bottom of the ladder but will be looking for a solid win this week and to advance in the ladder.

The Carp continued their winning streak last week as they took down the JSR Plumbing Wasps who have now lost the last three games. The Carp are heated up and quickly boosting their chances to get to the Grand Final, as the Wasps are falling quickly behind. The Carp beat the Wasps 0-7 last week, so we will see if they can redeem themselves tonight and grab a win.

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!

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GAME ONE: Dunmark Crushers vs. JSR Plumbing Wasps

FIRST PITCH: 6:00 PM (7 innings or 2 hours)

This season so far: This week, we watch the Dunmark Crushers take on the JSR Plumbing Wasps in the first game of round 6. The Wasps have been struggling as they haven’t seen a win in three weeks and are desperate for redemption. The Crushers settled for a tie last week in a close 3-3 game with the Clippers. We will see tonight if the Crushers remain in lead.

Players to watch: 

Anthony Herrera (Dunmark Crushers): Last week against the Clippers, Herrera went two for three at bat and also had three strike outs in two innings pitched. Herrera has been a threat both offensively and defensively throughout the entire Super League and will continue to be in these next four rounds.

Landon Hernandez (Dunmark Crushers): Hernandez has been on fire as he went two for four last week with three RBI’s. This guy has got some power behind him and has been a key player for the Crushers throughout the Super League.

Jackson Brebner-Russ (JSR Plumbing Wasps): JBR has proved to be one of the best pitchers in the Super League. Last week, he had five strikeouts in 2 innings pitched. The Wasps may be looking for him to step up after a tough 7-0 loss to the Carp in round five.

Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip: The JSR Plumbing Wasps seem to be struggling a bit lately, making us lean towards the Dunmark Crushers on this one. We predict this will be a close one, so don’t miss it.

Score Prediction: Dunmark Crushers, 3-2

GAME TWO: Carp vs. Clippers

FIRST PITCH: 8:30 PM (7 innings or 2 hours)

This season so far: Both of these teams have been on the come up since round three and have proved the entire league wrong. Last week, the Clippers put up an absolute fight with the first ranked Dunmark Crushers which ended in an international tie. On the other end, the Carp demolished the Wasp’s hive and buried it, defeating them 7-0. Both teams had a rocky start, but it’s been fun seeing them rise above the criticism.

Players to watch: 

Curtis Mead (Carp): Mead went two for three with three of the seven Carp runs last week in round five. He’s been consistent throughout the entire league and remains a player to watch for another week.

Angus Roeger (Carp): The Adelaide Bite veteran went two for three with an RBI against the JSR Plumbing Wasps last week. Like his teammate Curtis Mead, Roeger has also been consistent at bat and heavily contributes to the teams wins.

Alex Carter (Clippers): Carter went two for four last week with an RBI as the Clippers tied with the Dunmark Crushers. Let’s see if he can keep it up this week against the Carp who are on a great run.

Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip: We’re anticipating this matchup to be one of the best of the Super League yet. We’re going to have to go with the Carp on this one, since they were doubted and have been coming out on top for the last three rounds.

Score Prediction: Carp, 6-4

SLBA ALL-STAR TEAM ANNOUNCED

This Saturday we will see the Bite play the SLBA All-Stars in a game to prep for the season. The Bite will supply pitchers for both teams to get the new imports some game time and  to ensure the locals are available for club ball on Sunday.

There is an exclusive member’s event beginning at 5PM so if you’re a member make sure you check your email!

SLBA All-Star team listed below:

Ben Keeping – LF

Matt Hutchings – CF

Gary Owens – RF

Anthony Herera – 3B

Dalton Probert – SS

Mitch Lightbody – 2B

Austin Gallagher – 1B

Tom McGarry – C

Mason Clavell – C

Ben Andrews – DH

Ryan Duncan – Bench

Nathan Vanderlinden – Bench

Matt Watkins – Relief P

David Carrol – Relief P (if needed)

Be sure to get to West Beach Saturday night to witness the best baseball talent South Australia has to offer! First pitch is at 7:20 PM.

ROUND 5 RECAP

GAME ONE: CRUSHERS (3-1-1) 3 CLIPPERS 3 (1-1-3)

There was tension and drama as the Dunmark Crushers and Clippers played out the first draw of the SLBA season, an eight-inning thriller which is a result that could be a crucial result in four weeks’ time.

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Highway Player of the Game, Anthony Herrera, said the Crushers were tight in defense, while he went 2-for-3 in the lead-off spot with a run and walk also.

He praised his sides defense after the game.

“We’re definitely a team that’s very well put together, we put together some hits and runs early and backed it up defensively late in the game.

“When the game is tight, it’s more trusting my catcher; Landon did a great job calling pitches, telling me to go a slider.”

Hernandez brought home all three of his side’s runs, he opened the scoring with a sneaky RBI single that faded away from Dalton Probert in right field and just bounced in safely.

Their lead was shortlived as the Clippers went on a roll with three runs in the first, backed up by the best hitting run of the game.

A lead-off double from Dylan Brammer started the party before Theo Lakmeche singled in his first SLBA at-bat, while Evan LeBlanc and Alex Carter, who had two hits, made their mark.

At third base Herrera was a shining light amongst a defensively sound Crushers unit, making a pair of stops throughout the game which denied potentially costly extra bases.

In the sixth he dived on a low hit by Dakota Thompson and gunned him out on the throw to first.

The Crushers’ bullpen was dominant, led by two strikeouts from Luke Keogh and three to Herrera in the final two innings of the game.

That defensive prowess ensured the Clipper were scoreless through the final seven innings while the Crushers scored twice in the third thanks to Hernandez’s hot bat.

For the Clippers, their American trio of Chris Burkholder, Dylan Brammer and Terrell Joyce combined for two hits, two walks and two strikeouts over five scoreless innings.

In the eighth, even International Rules could not split the sides and they were both forced to settle for the draw despite loaded bases by the Clippers.

GAME TWO: CARP (3-2) 7 def WASPS (2-3) 0

The Carp rode a wave of offense as they surged past the JSR Wasps and into second on the SLBA table.

CARP @ WASPS R5

Their mix of youth and experience paid off, with teenagers Curtis Mead and Liam Bull collecting two hits each while Angus Roeger and Wilson had a pair as well.

Mead blasted a double off the fence in the first inning as Roeger’s RBI single opened the scoring.

“It’s fun playing with the young kids because they’re doing so well, but they make me feel old,” Roeger said.

“I’m only 28 but they make me feel like I’m 58 when 16-year-olds are hitting so well.”

Despite the loss, Wasps starter Jackson Brebner-Russ put in a classy performance with five strikeouts over two innings. Matt Watkins also impressed with one hit and one strikeout in two innings.

Against Wasps reliever Matt Rabe the Carp added a pair of runs in the third as Carp kids shone, including Blake Farr and 16-year-old Bull.

The young talents impressed all game against senior opposition with composed at-bats, while Philadelphia prospect Mead was again thriving at a high level.

Pitching power also ensured the Carp gave up just one hit, with new arrival Justin LaPiana throwing a clean first inning, and Tom Norley went through two with no trouble.

In the sixth a defensive mishap by Dennis Christiansen allowed Brodie Keeping to score on a hit by new marquee man, Patrick Inglis, before a wild pitch made it 5-0 in a hurry.

Struggling with his zone, Justin Woods gave up loaded bases and not even a pitching change helped as Lee clubbed a ground ball two-run double down right field.

In the sixth a pair of walks nearly saw the Wasps hit the scoreboard but the Carp held on to protect their shutout with tight defense.

WHAT’S NEXT:

round 6

Only four games remaining and it’s tight. The Crushers lead the league by one point and next round play the Wasps, who have lost their past three, a run of defeat that started against the Crushers. This will be a game of redemption.

The Carp are on a three-game win streak and the Clippers undefeated in two, the complete opposite to when they last clashed as 0-2 sides. Good form can only last for so long in this league and the Clippers are the more desperate team as a loss would likely end their grand final chances.

ROUND 5 INFORMATION + PREVIEW

ROUND 5 INFORMATION + PREVIEW 

By: Jill Davis and Chelsea Deckert 

Last week, we saw the Dunmark Crushers take their first loss against the Carp in a 2-0 game. We then watched the Clippers claim their first victory over the Wasps in a 5-3 game. Will the Clippers gain their second win, or will the Crushers get back on top?  

The Clippers now have an open account as they face the Dunmark Crushers who want to get back to their winning ways. Meanwhile, the Carp and Wasps are now equal at 2-2 and with just five games left, a winning record will be a requirement to make the Grand Final.  

This week, we will see all players who were drafted last Friday into the Super League play for the first time Wednesday night for the fifth round of Super League. This will add an interesting twist to the league while boosting the competition.  

As always, the canteen is running until 9:30 PM and the bar is open! We are about halfway through the Super League, and it’s been intriguing to say the least. We look forward to seeing how the rest of the League turns out and we hope you do too. Join us Wednesday night to see how the teams this week matchup! 

This week’s match-ups: 

SLBA ROUND 5

GAME ONE: Dunmark Crushers vs the Clippers  

FIRST PITCH: 6:00pm (7 innings or 2 hours) 

This season so far: Last Wednesday, the Dunmark Crushers took their first loss in a tough battle against the Carp. We’ll get to see if this team as they ability to bounce back, or if the Clippers (who also got their first win last week) will be able to kick them while they’re down. 

Players to Watch:   

Chris Burkholder (Clippers / Glenelg): Burkholder made his debut in the Super League last week and aided the Clippers in getting their first win of the season. He had two strikeouts and picked a guy off at first in the two innings he pitched. He entered in a key moment with his team down 3-1 and the bases loaded. He got out of the jam and kept the Clippers in it before they moved forward to win.

 Jordan McArdle (Clippers / Sturt): McArdle returns this week from playing in the U-23 tournament where he had outstanding performances including three homeruns. McArdle will come back as a threat to the Dunmark Crushers as they go after their second win.   

Ben Andrews (Dunmark Crushers / Henley & Grange): Though the Crushers got their first loss of the season last week, Andrews has played a key part in the team’s success through the first four rounds. So far this season, he leads in homeruns, RBI’s, and is tied for second in hits. He’s also a threat in the field and is versatile in any position.  

Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip: After seeing the Clippers get themselves on the board last week, we are confident they will be able to do it again. With Jordan McArdle back in the game, the Clippers are looking to put up a fight against the Dunmark Crushers.   

Score Prediction: Clippers, 4-2 

 GAME TWO: JSR Plumbing Wasps vs Carp 

FIRST PITCH: 8:30 pm (7 innings or 2 hours) 

This season so far: The Carp are on fire as they try and head towards their third win in a row. With key players like Curtis Mead, Wilson Lee, and Angus Roeger who are consistently contributing to the team’s success, the Carp will be sure to give the JSR Plumbing Wasps a scare. This will surely be an exciting matchup as both teams are now 2-2 in the Super League.  

Players to Watch:  

Wilson Lee (Carp / Sturt): The Adelaide Bite pitcher racked up six strikeouts last week in just 1.2 innings pitched. When he’s not on the mound, he’s proven to be a duel threat. He now leads in strikeouts in the Super League, but Bite teammate Tom Fitzgerald isn’t far behind. Luckily, we’ll get to see these two face off this Wednesday.  

Austin Gallagher (JSR Plumbing Wasps / Kensington): Gallagher has been consistent in having a big bat and been a great first baseman for the JSR Plumbing Wasps this season. You’d be a fool to ease up on him.  

Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip: The Carp took down the undefeated Dunmark Crushers last week making the them a new threat in the league. We’d like to see the Carp keep their streak going this Wednesday and take down the JSR Plumbing Wasps  

 Score Prediction: Carp, 5-3