ABL: Series Review – Adelaide Bite V Brisbane Bandits

Fiasco Sports gives you a review of the series.

Image: Matthew Diglio / Fiasco Sports

Image: Matthew Diglio / Fiasco Sports

 

The SA Power Networks Adelaide Bite (11-15) split the series against the Brisbane

Bandits (10-16) at Norwood Oval this past weekend.

 

Game 1

 

The Bandits took Game 1 against the Bite 8-7 off a strong pitching performance by Mickey

Jannis (1-1, 0.47 ERA). Jannis lasted six innings, giving no runs on two hits and three

walks, striking out six.

 

Brisbane held an eight-run lead heading into the bottom of the 7th inning, but a spirited

comeback had the Bite only down by one run heading into the 9th inning. With a runner on

3rd base with two outs, Shortstop, Joe Sclafani grounded out to second baseman, Brad

Dutton to end the game.

 

W: Jannis (1-1, 0.47) L: Campbell (0-1, 4.80) SV: Crawford, T (3) HR: BRI: Wade (1)

 

Game 2

 

Game 2 was part of a double-header on Saturday and the Bite took Game 2 with a 4-1

victory thanks to a four-run 3rd inning and a solid outing by starting pitcher, Richard Olson

(2-0, 0.42 ERA).

 

Catcher, Chris Adamson doubled on a fly ball to left fielder, Marcus Bradley. Second

baseman, Josh Cakebread singled on a fly ball to center fielder Joey Rickard, followed

by another single by left fielder, Brock Hebert to load the bases with none out.

 

Jeremy Cresswell and Stefan Welch were unable to do bring any runner home, almost

allowing the Bandits out of the inning unscathed. Bandits pitcher, Alex Kaminsky walked

Sclafani, allowing a run to score. First baseman, Chris Jacobs then hit a bases

clearing double to left-centre field but was called out advancing to third base. Olson

pitched five innings, surrendering one earned run on four hits while striking out three.

Olson now leads the ABL in earned run average (ERA) with 0.42 runs per nine innings.

 

W: Olson (2-0, 0.42) L: Kaminsky (1-4, 4.72) SV: Smith, B (1) HR: None

 

Game 3

 

Brisbane came back from its loss in Game 2 to take Game 3 of the series 3-1. Bandits

pitcher, Ryan Searle (3-0, 1.23 ERA) was lights out, pitching a complete game, giving up

one run on three hits, and striking out nine. The Brisbane offense was led by catcher,

Ryan Battaglia who went 2-3, with a walk, single and a home run. Bite pitcher, Blake

Holovach (2-3, 3.64 ERA) was given the loss after surrendering three runs on six hits.

Holovach gave up two home runs in his four innings, walking two batters and striking out

two.

 

W: Searle (3-0, 1.23) L: Holovach (2-3, 3.64) HR: BRI: Battaglia (6), Roberts (3)

 

Game 4

 

Needing to win Game 4 to move into fifth place and win the series, the Brisbane Bandits

were unable to get the job done in the series’ final game. After scoring one run in the 1st

inning, Brisbane were unable to produce any more offense against Adelaide starter, Kyle

Bruggemann (3-3, 3.62 ERA). Bruggemann, who lasted 6.1 innings, was able to settle

down after a wild pitch in the first inning that allowed Marcus Bradley to score and win his

third game of the season. His final line of the day being 6.1 innings pitched, one earned run

on five hits with six strikeouts.

 

Bandits pitcher, Casey Barnes (3-3, 5.45 ERA) was unable to find his form, lasting only

3.2 innings while giving up four earned runs on seven hits, striking out three.

 

The Bite offense was well rounded with Welch and John Cannon getting two hits

each, Welch driving in two runs with a double and single respectively.

 

Brisbane’s offense could not click past the first inning with right fielder, Josh Roberts

being the highlight, going 2-4.

 

W: Brueggemann (3-3, 3.62) L: Barnes (3-3, 5.45) SV: Williams, Ma (5) HR: None

 

 

The SA Power Networks Adelaide Bite (11-15) will take on the Canberra Cavalry driven by

Rolfe Renault (15-11) for the first time this season when the two clubs match up for a four

game series beginning at Norwood Oval on December 27.

 

Stay tuned to Fiasco Sports for a preview prior to the series.

 

For ticket information, go to http://web.theabl.com.au/tickets/tickets.jsp?sid=t4064

 

Written by Fraser Fyfe

 

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