After a weekend in which the Melbourne Aces went just 1-3 on the road, the Aces rebounded with a four-game series sweep at Brisbane to move into first place with an 8-5 record in the Australian Baseball League.
On Friday, the Aces won 8-0. Leadoff hitter Cody Jones went 0-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored, and two strikeouts. Three-hole hitter Roman Collins went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play. Catcher Allan de San Miguel went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two strikeouts while batting fifth. Third baseman Ryan Dale batted eighth and went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBIs.
On Saturday, the Aces were supposed to play a doubleheader, but rain shortened the first game and postponed the second. They beat the Bandits 7-3. Jones went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs. Collins went 2-for-3 with two solo homers. He now has three in the ABL, which is tied for third in the league. de San Miguel went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. Dale went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
On Sunday, the Aces and the Bandits played a doubleheader. The Aces won Game 1, 6-5. They scored a run in the sixth and five more in the seventh. Jones went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. Collins went 2-for-4 with a run scored and his RBI tied the game. He also struck out and stole his third base. de San Miguel went 0-for-4. Dale went 0-for-2 and grounded into a double play.
The Aces won the second game, 7-3. Jones went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. He also stole his fourth base. Collins went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. de San Miguel was the DH and went 0-for-2. Dale also went 0-for-3, but walked and scored a run.
Jones played right field in three of the games and center field in two. He is currently hitting .256 in 12 games. Collins played left field in all four games. He is currently hitting .310 in 12 games. de San Miguel is hitting .237 in 12 games. Dale is hitting just .156 in 11 games.
The Aces return home to play Canberra for four games beginning on Friday night.