There was lots of activity on the opening day of Bull Oceanic League Winter Meetings, with a trade and two major free agent signings kicking things off. We give the run-down for Day 1 here: Continue reading “Busy Opening for BOL Winter Meetings”
The Newcastle Nuclears are one game away from a sweep after a 9-5 win over the visiting Christchurch Christians at Drivers Ballpark today. Nuclears catcher Les Groves was named player of the game, as he was 3 for 5 with a home run and 2 singles, while adding 3 RBI and scoring once. Newcastle now holds a 3-0 advantage in the best-of-7 Oceanic Cup.
Jorge van de Kraats aided the Newcastle cause with a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth. For the game, the left fielder went 1 for 2 with a walk, while scoring 2 runs.
“Things broke our way today and that’s great,” Nuclears manager Dylan Maccarone said. “It’s important, though, to stay focused and not pat yourself on the back too much. We aren’t done yet.”
Game 4 is set to be played on Saturday, December 31st, 2016 at Drivers Ballpark. The scheduled starters for the game are Inaki-Luki Aulii for the Christians and Percy Keith for the Nuclears.
Riding the 2-hit performance of right fielder Walter Stewart, the Newcastle Nuclears got a road win against the Christchurch Christians, 8-1, in Game 2 of the Oceanic Cup today. Stewart belted 2 home runs. He drove in 4 runs and scored twice for the Nuclears, who now lead the best-of-7 series, 2 games to 0.
Stewart had a big at-bat with runners on 1st and 2nd in the top of the third inning, when he hit a 3-run home run. The Nuclears went on to win.
“I don’t feel you win baseball games by working harder than the other team or ‘wanting it more,'” Stewart told the Newcastle News. “You win just by scoring more runs.”
Game 3 is scheduled for Friday, December 30th, 2016 at Drivers Ballpark. The scheduled starters for the game are Inaki-Luki Aulii for Christchurch and Edwin Teller for Newcastle.
The Oceanic Cup got off to a quiet start today, with the traveling Newcastle Nuclears taking a low-scoring 2-1 win over the host Christchurch Christians. Newcastle right-hander Sal Arango was marvelous at Plano Fields and was named player of the game. The Nuclears now hold a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Continue reading “Arango Handcuffs Christians, Nuclears Seize 1-0 Advantage”
The Christchurch Christians players streamed onto the field at Ballpark of Yonkers in jubilation, while heads were hung and few words were spoken in the Hamilton Hammers clubhouse at the conclusion of the BOL League Championships.
In a series that had a bit of everything and went the distance, Christchurch won the final Christmas Day game 4-0 taking the series 3-2.
“It’s hard to describe what we’re feeling right now,” said Christchurch left-hander Bob Sandoval, whose strong pitching performance in the series garnered him MVP honors. “You square off against a good team like Hamilton and anything can happen. Both teams deserved to go on, but thankfully it’s us.”
For the series, Sandoval had a 1.29 ERA over 14 innings pitched. He added 17 strikeouts with a 2-0 record.
Hamilton put in a solid effort but were missing their top ace, Jeremy Pitman, who was injured in his last appearance of the regular season on December 8. Pitman was diagnosed with a torn back muscle, and was told he would miss 5-7 months. He had been 7-0 on the year for the Hammers, with a 1.23 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and just 1 HR allowed in 66.0 innings.
The Christchurch Christians will play against the Newcastle Nuclears in the next round. Newcastle won their series against the Melbourne Dockers 3 games to 1. Game 1 of the Oceanic Cup best-of-7 final starts tomorrow in Christchurch.
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.