Super League Baseball

Super League Baseball – Adelaide held it’s mid-season draft on Friday. Each team added the following players to their teams. The order was in reverse of the standings.

The selections are as follows:

Clippers – Theo Lakmeche, Catcher. Theo is a member of the French national team and plays for Woodville in the SABL.

Carp – Patrick Inglis, Port Adelaide. Inglis has been a solid mainstay in the Port Adelaide outfield and has helped the Magpies get to back-to-back SABL Grand Finals.

JSR Plumbing Wasps – Bas Nooij, Kensington. Bas has been on the Bite for the past two seasons and has emerged as one of the most reliable catchers in the ABL.

Dunmark Crushers – Pass. The Crushers have decided the stand pat with their roster. They’re happy with their roster and have plenty of depth.

In addition, each team could add a mid-season marquee spot. They are as follows:

CLIPPERS have added Adelaide Bite star Jordan McArdle. 

McArdle is just returning from the U-23 World Cup in Columbia. In Columbia, McArdle hit three homeruns, eight RBI’s, and seven hits. McArdle is sure to be a threat in the Super League and will hopefully lead the Clippers to more than one win this season.

CARP have added Adelaide Baseball Club’s Josh LaPiana

Lapiana is batting a .417 after four games played for the Angels, including five hits and three RBI’s. Throwing Lapiana’s big bat in the mix will surely help the Carp as they have just advanced to 2-2 in the league this past week.

JSR PLUMBING WASPS have added University of North Carolina Asheville import Justin Woods.

Woods joins other Super League Stars Dalton Probert, Jay Sanderson and Ryan Duncan at the East Torrens as a right-handed pitcher and outfielder this season. The North Carolina native ended his 2017 season with a 3.22 ERA and a .212 batting average. Adding another American in the mix should translate well, as his numbers show he could do some serious damage as a right-handed pitcher.

DUNMARK CRUSHERS have added head coach at Woodville Baseball Club, Gary Owens. 

Owens is a five-year returning import and has been a perineal All-Star in SABL. As he has experienced past playing time with the Bite, we are excited to see what this centerfielder and relief pitcher will bring to the Dunmark Crushers.

SLBA ALL-STAR GAME

West Beach is excited to be hosting an SLBA All-Star Game at 7:20 PM on Saturday 10 November featuring all All-Star players from this SLBA competition against our very own Adelaide Bite. This will be an opportunity for the Bite to prepare for their upcoming season and for fans to watch the Bite in action before the season opener beginning 22 November!

Although the SLBA has proven to have many super stars, who will make the cut for the All-Star team?!

Here are some players that are predicted to be seen in action during this All-Star game against the Bite!

Ben Keeping

SLBA Team – Carp

Club Team – Glenelg

Position – Outfield

Blayke Farr

SLBA Team – Carp

Club Team – Kensington

Position – Catcher

Dylan Ridding

SLBA Team – Clippers

Club Team – Sturt

Position – Utility

Dalton Probert

SLBA Team – Clippers

Club Team – East Torrens

Position – Infield

Mitch Lightbody

SLBA Team – JSR Plumbing Wasps

Club Team – Sturt

Position – Infield

Matt Hutchings

SLBA Team – Dunmark Crushers

Club Team – Southern Districts

Position – Outfield

Entry will be free, so there is no reason you shouldn’t be attending a great matchup between South Australia’s best baseball players!

Teams Add Mid-Season Marquees Ahead of Tonight’s Mid-Season Draft

With just five games left of the Super League, baseball in South Australia is more competitive than ever before. Each team is allowed to add one new marquee player to the mix to give their opponent’s a run for their money. Their newest additions will light a new fire in the Super League and make Wednesday nights irresistible.

This competition features the best players in South Australian baseball and with this roster expansion, it is time for the players to bring their A games!

Let’s look at what player each team chose and what they will bring to the Super League!

CLIPPERS have added Adelaide Bite star Jordan McArdle. 

McArdle is just returning from the U-23 World Cup in Columbia. In Columbia, McArdle hit three homeruns, eight RBI’s, and seven hits. McArdle is sure to be a threat in the Super League and will hopefully lead the Clippers to more than one win this season.

CARP have added Adelaide Baseball Club’s Josh LaPiana

Lapiana is batting a .417 after four games played for the Angels, including five hits and three RBI’s. Throwing Lapiana’s big bat in the mix will surely help the Carp as they have just advanced to 2-2 in the league this past week.

JSR PLUMBING WASPS have added University of North Carolina Asheville import Justin Woods.

Woods joins other Super League Stars Dalton Probert, Jay Sanderson and Ryan Duncan at the East Torrens as a right-handed pitcher and outfielder this season. The North Carolina native ended his 2017 season with a 3.22 ERA and a .212 batting average. Adding another American in the mix should translate well, as his numbers show he could do some serious damage as a right-handed pitcher.

DUNMARK CRUSHERS have added head coach at Woodville Baseball Club, Gary Owens. 

Owens is a five-year returning import and has been a perineal All-Star in SABL. As he has experienced past playing time with the Bite, we are excited to see what this centerfielder and relief pitcher will bring to the Dunmark Crushers.

The next Super League game is this Wednesday, 7 November. This will be the first time we will see all newest additions playing. At 6 PM we will see the Clippers face the Dunmark Crushers. At 8:30 PM we will then watch the JSR Plumbing Wasps battle the Carp!

ROUND 4 RECAP

GAME ONE: Carp (2-2) 2 def Dunmark Crushers (3-1) 0

The Crushers saw their undefeated start end in a shutout 2-0 defeat to an improving Carp side who landed two early blows and held on from there.

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Curtis Mead was the Highway Player of the Game with two hits, an RBI and a stolen base, although pitching proved to be the key factor as the Carp gave up just two hits.

Starter Nathan van der Linden allowed just one walk with two strikeouts in his two frames, while reliever Wilson Lee struck out six in a superb end.

On debut, Crusher Jacob Scott provided an early highlight, holding onto a high throw from third baseman at second, tapping the bag and throwing to first for the doubleplay.

In the second the Carp opened the scoring through Jay Sanderson, his hit through to right field bringing home Wilson Lee.

Ryan Duncan was in business in the third with his second single of the game, quickly scoring off a bouncing double from Curtis Mead, who slid into second and was safe by millimetres.

Facing a no-hitter, Anthony Herrera doubled off the fence for the Crushers in the third but they struggled for momentum, while the likes of Mead made it look easy for the Carp with his second hit and a stolen base in the fourth.

Big hitter Matt Hutchings had a lead-off double in the sixth for the Crushers, he was at sixth on a dropped third strike the catcher lost track of.

That dropped strikeout allowed Lee to rack up six strikeouts despite recording only five outs, and while he hit his pitch count and could not wrap up the game, the Carp were cruising.

On the other side of the park, David Carroll spun a gem for the Crushers with three strikeouts, but their quite offense saw the Carp take the win.

GAME TWO: Clippers (1-3) 5 def Wasps (2-2) 3

A four-run burst by the Clippers set up a 5-3 win after the McGarry brothers homered in the first two innings, the Clippers opening their account after a tough run of three straight losses.

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Tom McGarry and Highway Player of the Game Sam McGarry cleared the right field fence for their respective sides in a hot start before pitching depth became a factor.

In his first SLBA outing, Matt Rabe struck out big guns Terrell Joyce and Evan LeBlanc, before Joyce finished with two hits alongside teammate Alex Carter.

The Wasps backed up Rabe’s start through a stand-up RBI double by Austin Gallagher against a struggling Tyler Chappell.

Chappell’s relief outing saw him give up one hit, four walks and two runs for just two outs, while it was Chris Burkholder who steadied for the Clippers in his first SLBA game.

The American had one hit and two strikeouts from two scoreless innings and after arriving from the Czech Republic he looked right at home in his second stint down under.

Hot offense backed him up and the Clippers were on a direct course for success thanks to a double from Joyce and a RBI single to LeBlanc.

LeBlanc quickly scored the go-ahead run with a stolen bases and a wild pitch helping him to third, a damaging Alex Carter hit bringing him home.

The rally continued as Sam McGarry reached on a dropped fly ball and Dalton Probert hit a lucky single that bounced out of the infield past Bell at second, McGarry scoring a fifth run.

Pitcher Matt Watkins stepped onto the mound and stemmed the flow with two quick outs, in the fifth he quickly worked his way through three more outs with a little resistance by Joyce’s triple.

As time ran out it was a routine win for the Clippers behind a three-strikeout sixth from Dylan Brammer.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Clippers now have an open account and they face the 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 GF – this could be a decisive fixture.

SLBA ROUND 5

ROUND 4 INFORMATION + PREVIEW

By: Jill Davis and Chelsea Deckert 

In the tilt for the top last Wednesday, only one team could move to 3-0. While the Wasps put forth the effort for the top, the Crushers are the ones who took the lead with a game ending score of 6-2 during Round Three of SLBA. The Carp entered the battle with the Clippers as both teams stood 0-2. The Carp landed a 9-2 victory over the Clippers and put their name in ranking.  

Will the Clippers make their comeback tomorrow night when new players are added for much needed help? And will the Crushers remain in the lead after Round Four? We will see next Wednesday as the Crushers face the Carp at 6:00 PM and the Clippers face the Wasps at 8:30 PM.  

This week, we will have Triple M Radio Station and Rock Patrol joining us for an exciting night of baseball at West Beach! You won’t want to miss this one as they will be bringing the fun with Inflatable soccer goals as well as a free BBQ starting at 6 PM. I can’t think of a better way to spend Halloween night! 

Along with Triple M and Rock Patrol, the canteen is running until 9:30 PM and the bar is of course open. There are no excuses not to be at West Beach Wednesday night!

 This week’s match-ups:

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GAME ONE: DUNMARK CRUSHERS VS THE CARP  

First Pitch: 6:00pm (7 innings or 2 hours)  

This season so far: The first ranked Dunmark Crushers are currently undefeated in the league and have established themselves as a threat. With standout players like Matt Hutchings, Ben Andrews and Landon Hernandez, teams are having trouble defending against them. Last week in round three, the Carp got their first huge win against the Clippers scoring nine runs in six innings. Adelaide Bite superstars Curtis Mead, Wilson Lee, Mason Clavell, and Angus Roeger all had two hits each to create a huge foundation for the Carp.  

Players to Watch:  

Matt Hutchings (Dunmark Crushers / Southern Districts): Our Highway Player of the Game this week went two for three with two RBI’s and one scored run for the Dunmark Crushers. Hutchings is also tied for second place in both categories of RBI’s and hits. 

Ben Andrews (Dunmark Crushers / Henley & Grange): Andrews has become a player to watch for the second week in a row for his past two outstanding performances in the Super League. In round three, Andrews went one for two with two RBI’s, one scored run, and another huge two run homerun. He also leads in the league for homeruns and RBI’s and is tied for second place in hits. Somebody stop this man! 

 

Curtis Mead (Carp / West Torrens): Mead went two for two last Wednesday with two RBI’s and three runs for the Carp as they took their first win against the Clippers. With help from other dominate players on the Carp including Angus Roeger, Wilson Lee, and Highway Player of the Game Blake Farr, the Carp have proven to be on the come up after having a rough start.   

Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip: Though the Crushers have been absolutely #CrushingIt every week, the Carp really proved that they weren’t who everyone thought they were in round three. We’re really going to pull for the Carp this week and hope they pull off this upset. 

Score Prediction: Carp, 6-5  

GAME TWO: CLIPPERS VS THE JSR PLUMBING WASPS 

First Pitch: 8:30pm (7 innings or 2 hours)  

This season so far: The Clippers are currently ranked last in the ladder with the JSR Plumbing Wasps suffering a tough loss against the Dunmark Crushers last week to take the second seat. In round one of the Super League, the Wasps only defeated the Clippers by one in a close battle until the very last inning. With big bats from Evan LeBlanc (Clippers), Austin Gallagher (Wasps), Dylan Brammer (Clippers) and Stef “The Sheriff” Welch (Wasps), this matchup could get heated just like last time. The Clippers have yet to claim a win, but have a key player coming in this week for the desperate change they need.  

Chris Burkholder (Clippers / Glenelg): The Glenelg superstar returns to Adelaide this week after returning from overseas and winning a championship in the Czech Republic. Battling and overcoming a recent arm injury, this Dartmouth grad is back and better than ever and is ready to help the Clippers when they need it most. 

Jackson Brebner Russ: (JSR Plumbing Wasps / Sturt): Breber Russ has proven to be a duel threat both on the mound and at the plate so far this season. In the first round of the Super League against the Clippers, Brebner Russ had four strikeouts in two innings and quickly made himself known as a dominate pitcher in the league. Can he do it again in this second matchup against the Clippers?  

Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip: The Clippers are hanging at the bottom of the ladder and unless Chris Burkholder can help them get a win Wednesday night, we are thinking the Wasps will take this victory.  

Score Prediction: Wasps, 4-2 

ROUND 3 RECAP

GAME ONE: Dunmark Crushers (3-0) 6 def JSR Plumbing Wasps (2-1) 2

In the tilt for the top, only one side could move to 3-0. While there was a fight-back by the Wasps, it was the free-scoring Crushers who claimed the early pole position in season one of the SLBA.

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Led by an RBI double from the Highway Player of the Game, Matt Hutchings, and Ben Andrews’ two-run homer, the Crushers piled on five runs in an explosive third inning.

Hutchings said postgame players have enjoyed the opening three weeks of the SLBA, challenging them to be their best each night.

“It really pushes you, I’m getting close to that level and it’s just that step up,” he said.

“It’s pretty exciting for the young guys out here, we’ve got old guys on the team… not old, veterans, Cakey [Josh Cakebread], Cressy [Jeremy Cresswell], Talby [Nick Talbot]; all those guys to be around, it’s really good.”

In seven-inning games, pitching is just as crucial as hitting and Wasps starter Jared Wilson had his side off the best start possible with three strikeouts in two clean innings, touching 94mph on the radar regularly.

His purple counterpart in Joel Chapman was just as good, conceding only one hit.

The game changed when bullpens were called upon, however, and the Crushers punished the Wasps with their hot bats.

Hutchings finished 2-for-3, his second hit a looping RBI single into right field for a 6-0 lead.

Against pitcher Josh Tindall there was finally a response from the hive, they backed up Mitch Lightbody’s lead-off single in the fourth inning– his fifth hit of the tournament. 

He scored on an error by Chris Sims, followed by big-man Stef Welch on Jackson Brebner-Russ’ sac fly. Lightbody continued his stellar SLBA season with some marvellous plays at short stop.

In a four-run ballgame there was life on both sides and the Crushers threatened to pull away, but were denied.

Jordy Grose kept the Wasps hitless through two frames befoe Anthony Herrera denied a late comeback when Tyrone Hambly hit a lead-off double in the bottom of the seventh.

A follow-up hit could have turned the tide, as Hambly moved to third, but with two out Herrera teased out a swinging strikeout from Dennis Christiansen for the win.

GAME TWO: CARP (1-2) 9 def CLIPPERS (0-3) 2

The Carp entered the battle of the winless sides with just three runs from two games, and that all changed against the Clippers as they turned into flying fish and soared to victory.

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A quartet of Bite players did the damage with Curtis Mead, Angus Roeger, Wilson Lee and Mason Clavell collecting two hits each, while a complete pitching performance restricted the Clippers to two hits.

17-year-old Blake Farr had a day to remember. He went 2-4 with two runs and an RBI.

“It’s a cool opportunity to play in this league. It makes you a lot better by just playing against quality players like this every week,” he says.

Mead had the first hit of the game in the first and scored soon after, the 17-year-old coming home on a Roeger RBI single after stealing second.

For the Clippers, despite the loss, starter Tyler Chappell put in arguably the best outing by a pitcher in the SLBA with five strikeouts from the sidearmer.

Nathan van der Linden, meanwhile, had a pair of strikeouts, likewise Ryan Duncan from his sole inning.

The focus was on hitting for the Carp and in the third a deep double from Blake Farr scored Duncan from before a poorly thought-out throw to home by Dylan Brammer allowed Farr to sneak an extra base.

He scored on a sac fly from Mead and a 3-0 lead looked like just the start.

The ship had not sailed for the Clippers, though, and Dylan Brammer worked a walk, slyly stole second and scored on Dylan Ridding’s RBI single to get his side on the board.

Running rampant in the fifth, the scoreline blew out to 6-1 for the Carp, while they added three more in the sixth.

Jay Sanderson joined in on the party with Lee, driving home two runs off a double, and the big hits continued against the luckless Clippers as Nick George doubled in the sixth, followed by a trio of RBIs by Mead, Roeger and Lee, all of which signalled the end.

Down 9-1, the Clippers could have rolled over and let the game end but a late breathe of life in the form of an RBI double from Declan Steel added a late run.

Any thoughts of a comeback were far away, though, and Lee capped off a great game with a strikeout to finish off a strong night by the Carp.

WHAT’S NEXT

Winning streaks are on the line as the Carp (1-2) and Crushers (3-0) face off next Wednesday. The Crushers won 7-1 back in Round One, but after Wednesday’s hot hitting the Carp look to be in much better form.

For the Clippers (0-3), they face the Wasps (2-1) who had a walk-off 4-3 win in their previous meeting. It was an unlucky finish for the Clippers who are now facing a must-win game if they want to make the grand final.

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ROUND 3 INFORMATION + PREVIEW

By: Jillian Davis and Chelsea Deckert 

Tonight, the SLBA will see its most exciting night of baseball yet. At 6:00 pm we will watch the 2-0 Dunmark Crushers and the 2-0 JSR Plumbing Wasps battle for the top of the table. We know these two teams won’t go down without a fight, so get down to West Beach tonight to see who will take the lead in SLBA.

At 8:30 pm we will see if the Clippers or the Carp take their first win as they both stand 0-2. With both teams putting up a battle last Wednesday, we are excited to see who will come out on top to take the third spot in SLBA.

Last week we watched 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 win. This first game of the night ended in the Crushers defeating the Clippers in a 7-5 battle.

We then saw our third homerun of the night as Tyrone Hambly hit it out of the park leading off the Wasps in their game win against the Carp. Although the Carp fell short of the win, they fought to the finish as the Wasps took the victory in a close 2-3 score.

The exciting thing about the Super League is that you never know what will come next. We are excited to announce that we have launched a mid-season draft taking place 2 November! Click on the mid-season draft link on our website or go to our Facebook page to sign up for the draft and get involved in SLBA!

As always, the bar is open and the canteen is running!

Don’t miss the chance tonight to see these four teams give each other a run for their money in yet another double-header of Super League Baseball!

This week’s match-ups:

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GAME ONE: JSR Plumbing Wasps vs Dunmark Crushers

First Pitch: 6:00pm (7 innings or 2 hours)

This season so far: Both the Dunmark Crushers and the JSR Plumbing Wasps hold a 2-0 record in the Super League. So far this season, all of the league leaders are currently being held by a Crushers or a Wasps player. Tom Fitzgerald (JSR Plumbling Wasps) leads the league in strikeouts, Ben Andrews (Dunmark Crushers) leads in RBI’s, Todd McDonald (Dunmark Crushers), Ben Andrews (Dunmark Crushers), and Tyrone Hambly (JSR Plumbing Wasps) are all tied in the league for homeruns, and Mitch Lightbody (JSR Plumbing Wasps) leads the league in hits.

Players to Watch: 

The Super League is loaded with the best talent in the state. Here are a few players we are looking forward to seeing in action in Game 3 on Wednesday:

Tom Fitzgerald (Wasps / Kensington): Fitzgerald is leading the league in strikeouts so far with a total of five in three innings pitched. Rumor has it his recent performances in club ball and the Super League has earned him a full-time spot on the senior squad.

Ben Andrews (Crushers / Henley and Grange): Andrews had a huge second round against the Clippers going two for three with two RBI’s and a solo homerun. On top of his offensive game, he’s a killer first baseman. Andrews was also named our Highway Player of the Game in round two.

Tyrone Hambly (Wasps / West Torrens): Is that Tyrone? It’s Tyrone. Hambly became an internet sensation after his first solo homerun in round two of the Super League last week. He went three for four over the weekend playing for the mighty West Torrens club team. Hambly was named the Highway Player of the Game last week.

Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip: It’ll be a battle between the best offense (The Crushers) and the best defensive team (The Wasps) on Wednesday night. We’re going to have to go with the Crushers on this one. Not only do they have the best offensive team, they know how to defend, too.

Score Prediction: Crushers, 7-5 

GAME TWO: Clippers vs Carp

First Pitch: 8:30pm (7 innings or 2 hours) 

This season so far: Both the Carp and the Sweet Amber Clippers fell to 0-2 in the second round after being defeated by the Wasps and the Crushers. Though their record doesn’t show it, both teams are actually really competitive and always make it a good game.

Players to watch:

Evan LeBlanc (Clippers / Kensington): LeBlanc also went two for three last week including an RBI and his first solo homerun. With this guy, you ask, and you shall receive.

Wilson Lee (Carp / Sturt): The Adelaide Bite superstar is full of talent and somebody that always needs to be watched. He’s got a big bat, a huge arm, and is a great defensive player in the outfield.

Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip: Though both teams have never lost by a huge deficit, the Clippers always seem to make it a close call. On the other hand, the Carp are very underestimated. We think this will be an awesome game, and we’re going to choose the underdog on this one. Let’s go Carp!

Score Prediction: 4-3 Carp 

MID-SEASON DRAFT

ATTENTION SUPER LEAGUE BASEBALL 

Super League Baseball Adelaide is excited to announce that there will be 1 mid-season draft round that will take place on 2 November.

With this mid-season draft we will see a roster expansion that continues to expose the best baseball talent in South Australia. We encourage all players who are not involved with SLBA, but would like to be, to register.

The competition is designed to feature the best players in Southern Australian baseball to provide a challenge for coaches. It will also provide another avenue for some of the best young players in the state to take their game to another level. Each game consists of seven innings and speed up rules.

The Super League is free for any player as long as they registered with a local club. All players in baseball South Australia have the ability to nominate for the draft and are encouraged to do so as soon as they can.

SIGN UP ONLINE HERE 

In addition to the draft, each club will be allowed to add one mid-season marquee player. This means each team will have to quality players added to the roasters.

For those unfamiliar to ‘Super League Baseball – Adelaide’ (SLBA), this league is a four-team competition that plays every Wednesday night at West Beach between October and Christmas.

The competition sees four teams made up of the best platers in the state participating in a 9-week competition, with a Semi Final and Grand Final after the regular season ends.

 

 

ROUND 2 RECAP

GAME ONE: Dunmark Crushers (2-0) 7 def Sweet Amber Clippers (0-2) 5

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Led by the hot hitting and gorgeous glove work of Ben Andrews, the Crushers defeated the Clippers 7-5 in Wednesday’s opener.

Named Highway Player of the Match, Andrews smacked a home run in the bottom of the second, and in the fourth the Henley & Grange import had a diving catch at first base and a RBI single through to left.

Crushers GM Michael Dunn said postgame his side’s offense is their biggest strength.

“We hit really deep and that was the whole point when we drafted our players,” Dunn said.

“Pitchers for the opposing teams don’t get a break, they get good hitter after good hitter.”

Early on both sides exchanged blows as Evan LeBlanc, who had two hits, buried a deep homer over left field to give the Clippers an early lead.

Andrews leveled in response, but with Tim Day on the mound the Clippers struggled to get strikeouts and when Todd McDonald hit a lead-off single in the fourth, the runs flowed, and the Crushers moved out to a 6-2 lead.

Matt Hutchings had an RBI and Josh Cakebread a sac fly, while pitcher Josh worked through a scoreless fourth and fifth.

After the major momentum change in the fourth, the Clippers loaded the bases in the top of the sixth and a pinch-hit two-run single by Phil Acosta had everyone on their toes in a 6-5 ballgame.

Due to the rule of no new innings after the one-hour-50 mark, Terrell Joyce had just four minutes on the mound to pitch out the Crushers to give his side a chance in the seventh.

Chasing a desperate third out, a wild throw to third allowed Matt Hutchings to score with two out, and that 7-5 scoreline was how it finished.

Dunn said the 2-0 Crushers are in a strong place with plenty of young players working hard to match the level of experienced imports and veterans.

“I think a few guys are trying to make the adjustment to the league, it’s a better league than playing club ball so it’s going to take a few guys some time to adjust to that higher standard of baseball,” he said.

“But I think once they get into the groove of things the competition will get better and better.”

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

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Just five innings were played in two hours and an early home run to Tyrone Hambly set the tone for the undefeated Wasps.

Pitcher Tom Fitzgerald had them off to a strong start with two strikeouts and just one hit in two innings, but it was Hambly’s moon shot over left field which had the Wasps on the march to success.

Despite his hot hit, Hambly praised his side’s pitching stocks.

“I thought our pitching staff did a really good job,” Hambly said.

“Tom Fitzgerald came out of the barrier very well, credit to the Carp for sticking with us, everybody else who came out did really well.”

They added a pair of runs in the second as a costly throwing error by Carp shortstop, Curtis Mead, helped them capitalise on being in a scoring position.

In the bottom of the third the Carp fought back to load the bases and pitcher Matt Watkins was in an uphill battle.

The Wasps snagged the first out with a forced out at home before both teams came out with something on a sac fly to Blake Farr.

When Watkins walked in a second run his night was done, Andrew Chesterton secured the third out in a hurry to keep his side in control.

Wasps bats were the dominant force throughout much of the game with seven players combining for seven hits, the likes of Mitch Lightbody and Taylor Travess continuing their good SLBA form.

Pitcher Ryan Duncan had a hot finish with three strikeouts in two relief innings for the Carp who launched a late comeback on the back of two walks and a single to the recently-returned Phillies’ prospect, Curtis Mead.

Unfortunately for them the one-run deficit was as close as they came, and the Wasps are headed for a match-up with fellow undefeated side, Crushers, while the winless Clippers and Carp face-off.

UP NEXT:

Next week the SLBA kicks it in to high gear with a battle for the top of the table. The 2-0 Dunmark Crushers and 2-0 JSR Plumbing Wasps tilt for the top.

Meanwhile, the Sweet Amber Clippers and the Carp will fight for a first win in the battle of 0-2 teams.

 

ROUND 2 INFORMATION + PREVIEW

By Chelsea Deckert and Jillian Davis

It’s that time of the week again. It’s time to watch the best players in South Australia in Round Two of Super League Baseball down at West Beach. We will be starting the night off again at 6:00 PM with a double header of two intriguing baseball games.

We had our first ever home run at SLBA last Wednesday and baseball season is back and better than ever before. The Super League’s opening night saw the Crushers claim a convincing 7-1 win over the Carp and a 4-3 walk-off win by the Wasps against the Clippers.

As we dive into tomorrow night’s games, we are eager to see who takes the lead. Crushers currently lead the SBLA, but will the Wasps come up from second during round 2?

There promises to be highlights both on and off the field including a pop-up bar courtesy of Sweet Amber Brew Café right behind home plate.

Remember, entry is free, the bar is open, the canteen is running, and the quality of competition will be one you won’t want to miss. There’s no excuse not to be at West Beach on Wednesday night!

Still unfamiliar with what the Super League is? Don’t worry. Scroll down or click through our website for more information!

Let’s see what we have going for this week’s match ups.

GAME 1- Dunmark Crushers @ Sweet Amber Clippers

First Pitch: 6:00PM (7-innings or 2 hours)

For the Game Live Stream– Click Here

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The season so far: The Clippers enter the game looking for a win after a heart-breaking walk-off loss to the Wasps in the international speed-up rule. The Crushers look to keep the good times rollin’ after they dismantled the Carp 7-1 in convincing fashion.

Players to Watch: 

The Super League is loaded with the best talent in the state. Here are a few players we are looking forward to seeing in action in Game 1 on Wednesday:

Anthony Herrera (Crushers / Port Adelaide):

Herrera CRUSHED the first round of the Super League and proved to be a key player for the Dunmark Crushers. Herrera was an all-around animal and finished 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s and then had two strikeouts on the mound. He was also named our Highway Player of the Game. Keep an eye out for this young gun, he won’t be going away.

Dylan Brammer (Clippers / Southern Districts):

The back-to-back Capps Medalist has proved he won’t be backing down. In the one inning he pitched, he threw nine perfect strikes and sat every single player down. He also snagged one of the top spots on the leader board for strikeouts. He will have some competition though, with Henley and Grange’s Landon Hernandez being the runner up two consecutive years in a row.

Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip: The Crushers and the Clippers game will be a battle till the very end. This week, the Clippers must bear the loss of Jordan McArdle as he plays for Team Australia in Columbia. Will they be able to fill his void?

This game could be a close call to see who comes out on top. We think the Crushers might stay fierce and continue to lead the Super League.

Score Prediction: 6-4, Crushers.

GAME 2- Carp @ JSR Plumbing Wasps

First Pitch: 8:30PM (7-innings or 2 hours)

For the game live stream- CLICK HERE 

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This season so far: The Wasps enter the game with confidence as they took a huge walk-off win over the Clippers in round one last week. Bite superstar Stef Welch had the walk off single with bases loaded and two outs that drove the winning run in, proving that the Wasps will be a standout team this season.

Players to watch this game:

The Super League is loaded with the best talent in the state. Here are a few players we are looking forward to seeing in action in Game 2 on Wednesday:

Mitch Lightbody (Wasps / Sturt): 

In the first round of the Super League, Lightbody was named our Highway Player of the Game for his outstanding performance. He went 3 for 4 at the plate, including a triple, with an RBI. He also had two-out RBI-hit to tie the game in the bottom of the last. Lightbody also now leads in the league for overall hits.

Angus Roeger (Carp / Sturt):

While Roeger struggled last week in game one, you can only keep one of South Australia’s best in the bay for so long. The Adelaide Bite veteran hit nine homeruns in the ABL last season and was the Carp’s first draft pick. Don’t sleep on him by any means.

Curtis Mead (Carp / West Torrens):

The Adelaide Bite’s Rookie of the Year is a key player to watch this season after he returns to Australia from the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Will he add another trophy to his mantle with the Carp this season?

Jackson Brebner Russ (Wasps / Sturt):

JBR has already shown to be a leader as he secured the top spot in the league for strikeouts early in the game. Brebner Russ had four strikeouts in the two innings he pitched in the first round. We’re looking forward to see if he’ll stay ahead with pitchers like Tom Fitzgerald, Dylan Brammer, Connor Hill, and Matt Watkins not far behind.

Stef Welch (Wasps / Goodwood):

One of South Australia’s best. In the first round of the Super League, Welch hit a walk off single with bases loaded and two outs to win the game for the Wasps. If he keeps this up, we’ll be nicknaming him Captain Clutch.

Jill and Chelsea’s Hot Tip: While everyone may be sleeping on the Carp, they do have Adelaide Bite veteran Angus Roeger, a young gun like Curtis Mead and all-rounder Wilson Lee on the team. As the Wasps come in with confidence this week from last week’s huge win and a stacked roster, anything can happen.

If we had to take a guess at who takes the victory in this match up, we are going with the Wasps, but the Carp won’t go down without a fight.

Score Prediction: Wasps 5, Carp 3

Now let’s take a look at our league leaders:

HR: 

Todd McDonald – 1

SO: 

Jackson Brebner Russ – 4

Tom Fitzgerald – 3

Matt Watkins – 3

Connor Hill – 3

Dylan Brammer – 3

RBI: 

Anthony Herrera – 2

Hits: 

Mitch Lightbody – 3

Landon Hernandez – 3

Anthony Herrera – 2

What is the Super League? If you haven’t heard of Super League Baseball Adelaide, we forgive you. It’s Baseball South Australia’s new high-performance competition and it’s going to be a lot of fun. Think a fantasy baseball draft of local Adelaide baseball players in real life.

There are four teams who drafted the best players across 13 metropolitan baseball clubs in South Australia. Each team is run by a prolific coach and general manager combination. The teams – the Carp, Crushers, Clippers and Wasps – are fun and the uniforms are funky.

The rules are also modified. Each game will be played in seven innings or two hours or less. Pitchers can’t throw more than 40 pitches or six outs (whichever comes first). There are speed up rules which encourage pace of play.

It’s short, snappy, and features the best baseball players across SA. It’s a great opportunity to give emerging young talent another competition an avenue to strut their stuff vs. elite talent in this state.

Who are the teams? How were they formed? 

What a great question! The Crushers, Carp, Clippers and Wasps were all formed via the Super League Draft.

BaseballSA asked each coach and general manager to recruit four ‘Marquee’ players to build their club around. They could choose any player they wanted but they could not have more than two players from any one club.

Meanwhile, the baseball community was registering for an SLBA draft. Over 120 players nominated to be drafted with only 17 remaining spots on each team to be build. Being drafted was not a given. On September 26 we held a draft and voila – the teams were formed.

On Wednesday, October 10, we had our season opener for the League. The excitement is buzzing around this league already as we see that the competition is fierce.

Click the links below and find out some more about each!

– Crushers (Coach: Scott Gladstone, GM: Michael Dunn)
– Clippers (Coach: Paul Mildren, GM: Chris Lawson)
– Wasps (Coach: Adrian Chenoweth, GM: Scott Pratt)
 Carp (Coach: Paul Green, GM: Mark Haylock) 

ROUND 1 RECAP

The Super League’s opening night saw the Crushers claim a convincing 7-1 win over the Carp and a 4-3 win by the Wasps against the Clippers.

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Anthony Herrera was the Highway Player of The Game after going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two strikeouts from the mound, and he dominated for the Crushers alongside Landon Hernandez.

Hernandez starred from the start and went 3-for-3 with a walk and one RBI while Todd McDonald clubbed the first home run of the season.

The highlight of the second inning was a battle between Carp starter Nick Hutchings and his brother Matt, who smacked a deep double for the Crushers as they faced off for a rare encounter.

David Carroll drilled a right field two-run single moments later, scoring 16-year-old Liam Bull as young and old combined on the field.

There was a Carp comeback in the third but just one run came home as Herrera fired off a pinpoint throw from third to first to secure the third our of the inning.

Hernandez worked an extra long at-bat in the fourth before his Crushers teammate Jordy Grose retired the Carp with four pitches in the fifth.

A solo shot to right field by Todd McDonald kept the momentum in favour of the Crushers and very soon their 4-1 lead blew out to 7-1 in the seventh and victory was sealed.

Angus Roeger had a double for the Carp while Ben Keeping went 2-for-3.

CLIPPERS VS WASPS

The Clippers looked perfect early on but a late Wasps’ onslaught saw them pushed to the limit, and lose the game right at the death.

Starting pitcher Tim Day was perfect through two innings for the Clippers, Jordan McArdle the game’s opening scorer on a wild pitch, before Evan LeBlanc came home on a Luke Rackebrandt sac fly.

The next inning Leblanc snagged a hit saving catch just metres inside the park, pitcher Connor Hill backed him up with a pair of strikeouts.

Mitch Lightbody’s hot day started with a triple off the fence, and he finished 3-for-3, and the Wasps were buzzing following a RBI single to Tom McGarry and a wild throw, which scored Dennis Christiansen.

Late tension saw runs exchanged on both sides and entering the seventh the one-hour-fifty mark saw the International tiebreaker rules brought in.

Rackebrandt was the potential hero with the go-ahead run but pitcher Jackson Brebner-Russ was having none of it and retired the side.

A shock double steal to start the bottom of the seventh flowed into an intentional walk which loaded the bases for the Wasps.

 

Dylan Brammer struck out the first two hitters but he came up against the in-form Lightbody who tied the game with his RBI single and moments later the Sheriff, Stefan Welch, had the walk-off RBI single.

ROUND 1 INFORMATION + PREVIEW

by Eric Balnar

It’s finally here. The most talented local baseball competition in Australia begins Wednesday night at 6:00PM with a double header of baseball games at West Beach.

After a long off-season, the formation of the SLBA, a frantic marquee player signing period, a fantastic draft night and even a team training or two we finally get to play ball.

Entry is free, the bar is open, the canteen is running and the quality of competition will be excellent.

Here’s what you need to know for Wednesday’s game. If you’re a little confused about what the Super League is, use the tabs above or scroll down to the bottom of this article. We’ve done our best to brief you there.

Let’s dig in.

GAME 1 – Dunmark Crushers @ Carp
First Pitch: 6:00PM (7-innings or 2 hours)
Live stream link: CLICK HERE.

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It’s a juicy opening match-up. The Crushers have a team loaded with talent and two-way players. The Carp have some of the best young talent and a team built on defence and pitching.

There may be some growing pains for all teams adjusting to unique rules. Pitchers can’t throw for more than 40 pitches or two innings (whichever comes first), games are shorter, and there are speed up rules. The manager that makes the best adjustments early may win the game.

The Pitching: The Crushers have a number of pure arms to use. They’ll likely go with import David Carroll (Gawler) for the first couple innings and then try to get to closer Anthony Herrera (Port Adelaide) to close it out. They’ll rely on a mix of arms like West Torrens’ Daniel Chapman, Woodville’s Jordy Grose and Sturt’s Josh Tindall to navigate them in the middle innings.

For the Carp it is quality young arm after quality young arm. Import marquee player Tyler Thompson is not in Australia for the game yet but Southern Districts stalwart and Bite starter Nick Hutchings will have a spot start to tune up for the U23 World Cup. After Hutch, young Port Adelaide gun Tyson McKee will likely eat a couple innings. Both Hutchings and Mckee had two of the lowest ERA’s in the SABL last season.

Ryan Duncan (East Torrens), Nathan Vanderlinden (West Torrens) and Wilson Lee (Sturt) are all Adelaide Bite pitchers who are good options for coach Paul Green. Nick Carfora (Kensington) and Tom Norley (Golden Grove) are solid middle relievers too. Arms are not an issue for the Carp.

The Batting: 
The Carp suffer instantly with no Curtis Mead (West Torrens) in the line up. The Bite star is away in the USA at “fall ball” with the Detroit Tigers. Veteran Angus Roeger (Sturt, Bite) will be relied upon to anchor the middle of the line up. Outside of Angus a school of young bats like Harry Knuckey, Ben Keeping and Mason Clavell will have to shoulder the load. While there is no ‘superstar’ there are a lot of reliable bats and young, hungry and eager players in the line up.

The Crushers have a solid veteran core to build off of. You’d expect longtime Bite middle infield Josh Cakebread and Jeremy Cresswell (Goodwood) to lead off. In the middle of the line up Landon Hernandez, Ben Andrews and Nick Talbot can crush it with the best of them. The Carp will have to focus on shutting down that early part of the line up.

Eric’s Hot Tip: This game could be really close and is a great showcase for the close game. Both teams have a lot of balance and intriguing pitching options. While some of the chatter may have the Crushers as favourite’s I am going to tip the Carp. I think the fish have an awesome 1-2 punch in Nick Hutchings and Tyson McKee. In a shortened game if they can limit the damage and get some balanced offense they’ll win the game.

Score prediction: Carp 4, Crushers 3

GAME 2 – Wasps @ Clippers
First Pitch: 8:30PM (7-innings or 2 hours)
Live stream link: CLICK HERE.

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This could be a slugfest. Both teams drafted really well with players who can hit the ball a mile. The Clippers have two-time defending Capps Medalist Dylan Brammer on their team, while the Wasps have one of the best South Australian players ever in Stefan Welch on their side.

The Pitching: The Wasps will start with Tom Fitzgerald (Kensington) and likely finish with Bite reliever Jackson Brebner-Russ (Sturt). In between there they have a few options like Andrew Chesterton (Henley), Matt Watkins (Goodwood), Matt Rabe (Sturt) and William Burke (Sturt).

The Clippers will start with Chris Burkholder (Glenelg) if he is able to pitch after arriving from winning a championship in the Czech Republic on the weekend. Local pitchers Connor Hill (Glenelg), Tyler Chappell (Sturt) will all need to be on their game to keep the Wasps bats at bay.

The Batting: Does the Wasps middle of the line up ever sting! Stefan Welch, Tyrone Hambly (West Torrens) and Austin Gallagher (Kensington) are all massive home run threats. Import Taylor Travess (West Torrens) is expected to be an on-base machine, while guys like Tom McGarry and Mitch Lightbody are all good at getting on too.

The Clippers have Terrell Joyce (Sturt) in the middle of the line-up who is fresh off hitting a clutch home run in the Czech Extra-Liga Grand Final. But he is literally due to arrive Tuesday or Wednesday so he may be jet-lagged. Evan LeBlanc hit two home runs in Kensington’s opener over the weekend and Jordan McArdle is an Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate who can go long. Dylan Brammer (Sturt) hit .406 last season in the SABL while Dylan Brammer has won the last two league MVPs.

There’s so much talent on all sides.

Eric’s Hot Tip: It feels like it could be the battle of the bats. This one is only going to be fun for the fans. I think both teams will come out slugging but I’m really liking the reliability of the Welch-Gallagher-Hambly connection. It really could go any way but for the sake of making a pick I’m going the Wasps in a tie-breaker after a see-saw battle.

As usual, I’ll probably be totally wrong with any of my picks!

Score prediction: Wasps 8, Clippers 6 (tie-breaker)

Super League Schedule

What is the Super League? If you haven’t heard of Super League Baseball Adelaide we forgive you. It’s Baseball South Australia’s new high performance competition and it’s going to be a lot of fun. Think a fantasy baseball draft of local Adelaide baseball players in real life.

There are four teams who drafted the best players across 13 metropolitan baseball clubs in South Australia. Each team is run by a prolific coach and general manager combination. The teams – the Carp, Crushers, Clippers and Wasps – are fun and the uniforms are funky.

The rules are also modified. Each game will be played in seven innings or two hours or less. Pitchers can’t throw more than 40 pitches or six outs (whichever comes first). There are speed up rules which encourage pace of play.

It’s short, snappy, and features the best baseball players across SA. It’s a great opportunity to give emerging young talent another competition an avenue to strut their stuff vs. elite talent in this state.

Who are the teams? How were they formed? 

What a great question! The Crushers, Carp, Clippers and Wasps were all formed via the Super League Draft.

BaseballSA asked each coach and general manager to recruit four ‘Marquee’ players to build their club around. They could choose any player they wanted but they could not have more than two players from any one club.

Meanwhile, the baseball community was registering for an SLBA draft. Over 120 players nominated to be drafted with only 17 remaining spots on each team to be build. Being drafted was not a given. On September 26 we held a draft and voila – the teams were formed.

The initial marquee player announcement is here, but you probably want to know who the teams are. Click the links below and find out some more about each!

Crushers (Coach: Scott Gladstone, GM: Michael Dunn)
– Clippers (Coach: Paul Mildren, GM: Chris Lawson)
– Wasps (Coach: Adrian Chenoweth, GM: Scott Pratt)
Carp (Coach: Paul Green, GM: Mark Haylock)