Tag: 2016 BOL Playoffs

Nuclears Heading to Oceanic Cup

Tony Maldonado turned in a sparkling effort during the BOL League Championships, but it wasn’t enough.

The Newcastle Nuclears defeated Maldonado’s Melbourne Dockers 4-3 to clinch a 3-1 series win tonight at Ballpark of Chula Vista.

“It’s a pretty empty feeling to lose a playoff series and the MVP award really doesn’t help much,” said the Dockers left-hander.

On the other side of the stadium, the Newcastle clubhouse was lively as the team celebrated its berth in the Oceanic Cup. For the series, Maldonado had a 0.00 ERA over 9 innings pitched. He added 8 strikeouts with a 1-0 record.

The Newcastle Nuclears don’t know who they will face in the next round. They will play the winner of the Christchurch Christians – Hamilton Hammers series. That series is tied at 2 games apiece. The Oceanic Cup schedule will be announced after the BOL League Championships finishes.

Christians Even With Hammers After Home Win

The Christchurch Christians and the Hamilton Hammers will take the BOL League Championships to a decisive 5th game. Facing a must-win situation today, the Christians shut out the Hammers 5-0 at Plano Fields to force the series into what will essentially be a one-game playoff. Christchurch left-hander Mamadou Lopes was named player of the game in the win after a strong outing in which he threw 5 innings of shutout ball.

Marcos Gonzalez was a key contributor to the win for the Christians. In the bottom of the seventh with one out, the light-hitting shortstop stroked a double to left. He was 2-4 with a double, while adding 3 RBI.

Gonzalez called the win “a collective effort.”

The next game is set to be played on Christmas Day — Sunday, December 25th, 2016 at Ballpark of Yonkers, in Hamilton. The scheduled starters for the game are Inaki-Luki Aulii for the Christians and Yasushi Matsuoka for the Hammers.

The Crusaders from Christchurch shutout the Hammers 5-0 to even the NZL championship series.

Newcastle Takes Series Lead in Low-Scoring Affair

The Newcastle Nuclears moved to within one game of the Oceanic Cup today, downing the Melbourne Dockers on the road at Ballpark of Chula Vista by a score of 3-1. Nuclears right-hander Edwin Teller was named player of the game after a strong outing in which he threw 8 innings of 5-hit ball. The win gives the Nuclears a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-5 BOL League Championships.

The Nuclears beat the Dockers in part due to timely hitting. Case in point: the two-out home run Thomas Ebeling produced in the top of the fourth. Batting against Melbourne pitcher Oscar Cruz, Ebeling gave his team a 2-0 lead when he hit a 2-run home run. Regular season batting title winner Les ‘The General’ Groves also homered for Newcastle.

Teller called the win the result of “everyone being in sync.”

The next game is set to be played on Saturday, December 24th, 2016 at Ballpark of Chula Vista. Slated to start are Rico Fermi for Newcastle and Miguel Melendez for Melbourne.

Timely home runs put the Nuclears in the driver’s seat in their League Championship series against Melbourne today. Newcastle leads the series 2-1.

Lopez Handcuffs Christians, Hammers Seize 2-1 Advantage

The Hamilton Hammers went into extra innings against the Christchurch Christians but ultimately moved to within one game of the Oceanic Cup today. The Hammers downed the Christians at Plano Fields by a score of 8-2. Hamilton right-hander Fernando Lopez was named player of the game after a solid outing in which he threw 9 innings of 4-hit ball. The win gives the Hammers a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-5 BOL League Championships.

Lopez was effective against the Christians, seldom allowing a hard-hit ball. The right-hander limited Christchurch to just 2 runs on 4 hits over 9.1 innings.

“I had pretty good command out there,” said Lopez.

The next game is set to be played on Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at Plano Fields. The scheduled starters for the game are Etsuji Komatsu for Hamilton and Inaki-Luki Aulii for Christchurch.

Hamilton Hammers take game 3 into 15-inning marathon, advancing in the Round 2 series 2-1 over Christchurch.

Nuclears Even With Dockers After Home Win

The Newcastle Nuclears defeated the Melbourne Dockers, 3-1 in Game 2 of the BOL League Championships today. Earning player of the game honors was starter Sal Arango, who threw 8 innings of 2-hit ball. The win moves Newcastle into a 1-1 tie with Melbourne in the series.

Arango, a native of Pimentel, Dominican Republic, was dealing all game. He kept Melbourne hitters off-balance, while giving the Nuclears 8 quality innings. Arango threw 101 pitches, allowing 2 hits and striking out 10.

“It was a tough night at the plate,” said Melbourne manager Jack Perkins.

The next game is set to be played on Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at Ballpark of Chula Vista. Slated to start are Edwin Teller for Newcastle and Miguel Melendez for Melbourne.

NCL evened the AUSL Championship Series 1-1.

Dockers SP Maldonado Tosses Masterpiece

Today was Tony Maldonado‘s turn in the rotation for the Melbourne Dockers and he made the most of it, shutting out the Newcastle Nuclears on 3 hits.

The 29-year-old left-hander led the Dockers to an easy 7-0 victory, allowing 2 walks and tallying 8 strikeouts.

“I hope we miss him next time,” Newcastle manager Dylan Maccarone said. “Maldonado certainly pitched a strong game against us today. He was in a groove, throwing everything for strikes. Throwing hard. Changing speeds.”

SP Tony Maldonado threw a 3-hit shutout against Newcastle today