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!

round 6

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.

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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:

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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 

 

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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