The Nevada Speeders have pulled ahead of the pack to take the top of the weekly team power rankings for Week 9, after taking the first three against their former AEL rivals, the Chicago Pit Bulls, in the interleague home-and-home series that marked the main event for all teams this past week.
The fourth and final game proceeds tonight for Nevada against Chicago, and then the league breaks until Thursday’s All-Star Game in Calgary.
The Speeders’ great week kicked off with a 5-1 win over the streaky California Tidals. It would be their only win against the Tidals during their three game set that started last Sunday, but after a 3-1 loss to close out the series, and a day off, they opened the Chicago interleague series with a 3-2 win in an epic pitching battle between Chicago’s Bret Gilbert and Nevada’s Troy Catley, who has been solid all year at the Speeders’ number #3 man in their rotation.
Nevada had a more convincing win on Friday the 13th, beating the Pit Bulls 6-1, as the Speeders tagged Chicago for 14 hits. After leaving Chicago, they came home yesterday to host the Pit Bulls for the second half of the home-and-home, and won 7-5. The final game goes ahead tonight.
The Minneapolis Ravens and the St. Petersburg Admirals were next in the order at the top of the weekly team power rankings, as the trio of teams seem to be now just trading places among the 1-2-3 slots each week.
As the first half of the season closes, it seems likely that these three teams will feature prominently this postseason.
AEL NAMES MIAMI’S LABOY AS PLAYER OF THE WEEK, LL GOES WITH OHIO’S GOOD
The AEL has named Miami Storm catcher Andy Laboy as the Player of the Week for week #9. He went on a rampage, batting .619 and going yard three times, while scoring 6 runs and driving in 11. Laboy opened the week playing one of the two games in the Monday doubleheader against Norfolk, and earned player of the game after going 2-for-4, with a 3-run homer that put the game out of reach for the Sharks. Laboy continued the week getting multple hits each game.
Over in the LL, it was Ohio Oxen second baseman Justin Good who was given the player of the week accolade. Good hit .650, with 4 homers, 6 ribbies and 6 runs. For Good, he managed 5 hits in 2 games against Detroit, then opened the Ohio-Calgary series going 4-for-4 with a double and a home run, in what was a losing effort for the Oxen. Although he was 0-fer’ed the next game, he ended the week going with another 4-hit night against the Inferno yesterday, once again hanging a double and a homer off Inferno pitchers.
For Good, who collected his 500th career RBI back in May, and was once the Bull League’s #1 prospect, the nod was the 4th time he has been named Player of the Week in his career.