The Melbourne Aces continue to lead the Australian Baseball League standings with an 11-5 record. They have a two game lead over Sydney, the Aces next opponent (beginning on Friday). That is the final series heading into the ABL All-Star Game (December 22nd) and the holiday break (the next series is New Year’s weekend).
The Aces won their home series over Canberra, 3-1, outscoring them 15-3 over the first three games.
In the 5-1 Game 1 victory, catcher Allan de San Miguel went 2-for-3 with a solo home run. He was also hit by a pitch. Left fielder Roman Collins went 1-for-4 with a double. Third baseman Ryan Dale also went 1-for-4, scoring a run (though he struck out twice). Leadoff hitter Cody Jones went 0-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and his fifth stolen base. He did strike out three times.
In Saturday’s doubleheader, the Aces won both. They won the first game, 7-2. Jones once again walked and scored a run, while also stealing his sixth base of the season. Collins once again went 1-for-4, but this time with a walk and an RBI. He also collected an outfield assist. As the DH, de San Miguel went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Dale went 1-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored. He did strike out twice.
The Aces won the second game by a 3-0 score. Collins delivered a two out, RBI double (1-for-3). Jones went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. de San Miguel was back behind the plate, but went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Dale, playing second base, went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.
The Aces lost the final game of the series to Canberra on Sunday, 2-1. Canberra scored the go ahead run in the top of the ninth. Jones went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He had one of the Aces two hits and one of their five walks. Collins went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. de San Miguel went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Dale, back at third base, went 0-for-2 with a walk, a run scored, and a strikeout.
Jones continues to lead off for the Aces. He played centerfield in the first three games, while playing right field in the series finale. Collins continues to bat third and play left field. de San Miguel moves from the cleanup to the fifth spot in the order. Dale continues to bat eighth.