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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.

Christians Advance to BOL League Championships

The party is on for Christchurch Christians fans, while disappointment reigns for those fans in Dunedin.

The Christians eliminated the Dunedin Ducks in the BOL Wildcard Series at Power Ballpark today and will now move on to the BOL League Championships.

“It’s a big letdown and not what we want to be feeling,” said Dunedin manager Chris Clements after the loss.

Christchurch won the final game by a score of 7-4 and took the series 3-1.

“We want to bring a championship home to our city, that’s all there is to it. Everyone wants it badly for themselves, but we want it for Christchurch too,” said Bob Sandoval, whose strong pitching performances during the series earned him MVP honors.

Sandoval had an impressive 0.00 ERA, allowing no earned runs over 8.1 innings during the BOL Wildcard Series. He added 6 strikeouts with a 1-0 record.

The Christchurch Christians will play against the Hamilton Hammers in the next round. Hamilton had a bye in the BOL Wildcard Series. The BOL League Championships schedule will be announced after the BOL Wildcard Series finishes.



BOL News: Playoffs begin

The Bull Oceanic League playoffs begin today with the BOL Wildcard Series. For one lucky team, destiny is not far away. Soon one of the playoff teams will win the Oceanic Cup and be honored as the best of the best. In due time, they can have their parade, hoist up that championship banner and drink the champagne. It will be the crowning glory of the 2016 season.

The first place teams in each league have earned a first round bye in the playoffs. The Newcastle Nuclears (AUSL) and the Hamilton Hammers (NZL) will wait to see who wins the wild card round, which starts today.

Here are the clubs that will be in action starting tomorrow:

  • Dunedin Ducks vs. Christchurch Christians (NZL) – Game 1: Sunday, December 11, 2016
  • Melbourne Dockers vs. Sydney Sailors (AUSL) – Game 1: Monday, December 12, 2016

Sydney was 5-1 against Melbourne, and Dunedin split their six games with Christchurch 3-3 during the regular season.

Dunedin is missing Jose Verdusco (SP) who is out with a calf strain for at least one more week. He was 0-0 with a 3.11 ERA on the season. The Ducks are also playing without RF Henry Bonet, who strained a rib cage muscle and will miss the playoffs. Bonet was batting .279 with 2 HR and 15 RBI in 29 games in the Oceanic League this season.

Hamilton is starting the playoffs without two pitchers, Harry Yabsley (flu-like symptoms) who is expected back in one more day, and Jeremy Pitman, who is awaiting a diagnosis for an injury he suffered in the last game of the season. They are also without 1B Christos Morrow who is expected back in one week after fracturing his hand, and should be in the lineup for Hamilton’s semi-final.

Melbourne are missing their top HR slugger Martin Turton. The RF is out with a shoulder strain and will miss at least two weeks. Turton hit 12 HRs to lead the AUSL this season. They are also missing the rest of their outfield: CF Anton Lugo (elbow) and LF Bronson Cason (torn thumb ligament) are both out for at least one more week. Finally, one of their hot SPs, Bujana Karsumaatmaja has been out since November 6 with a torn triceps and will not return until next year. He was 1-1 with a 2.78 ERA and 18 K’s in 32.1 IP before he was injured this season.

Newcastle is missing reliever Wally Mansfield (torn rotator cuff) who will not return this year, but should see CF Thomas Ebeling back by the time the team plays in round 2, he was diagnosed with a tired arm.

Sydney’s C Doug Powell suffered an oblique strain on December 4, but he is expected to be back for the first playoff game.

NZL Awards Player of the Week to Matsumoto

Asato Matsumoto of the Christchurch Christians might have lost a step over the years, but the 36-year-old right fielder can still get it done. He beat out several other worthy New Zealand League hitters over this past week to claim the Player of the Week Award.

Matsumoto posted a .409 batting average with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs last week while scoring 7 runs. For the week he was 9 for 22.

Currently Matsumoto has 7 home runs and a .323 batting average.

Christchurch Signs Matsumoto, Promptly Hits 3 Homers

Asato Matsumoto, who only finalized a deal to come to the BOL’s Christchurch Christians from the Bull League this morning, went on an explosive hitting spree in his league debut against the Hamilton Hammers today, launching a trio of blasts to lead the Christchurch Christians to the 8-5 win.

The right fielder finished 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 6 RBI.

Former Ravens RF Matsumoto hit 3 home runs in his BOL debut with Christchurch today
Former Ravens RF Matsumoto hit 3 home runs in his BOL debut with Christchurch today

“It was just one of those days,” Matsumoto said in a postgame interview. “I don’t know how to explain it. I’m just putting a good swing on the ball.”

Hamilton skipper Jeff Crowell said Matsumoto was “locked-in.”

“We made some pretty good pitches,” he said. “Those first two homers were exactly where the pitcher wanted to put them. He’s just hot right now — you’ve just got to tip your hat to him.”

Asato Matsumoto hit a three-run home run off Karl Ambrose in the 1st, hit a two-run home run off Ambrose again in the 3rd, then hit a solo-shot off Jason Moore in the 5th. He later struck out in the 7th and walked in the 9th.

Matsumoto spent the past two seasons in the Bull League with the Jacksonville Ravens, hitting just 4 home runs in 41 games with the Ravens in 2016.


Season, Possibly Career, Ends for Bull

The Christchurch Christians have made it official: Troy Bull is headed to the disabled list. The 19-year-old reliever has been out since 10/20/2016 with a damaged elbow ligament. He is expected to miss 17-18 months.

Back on October 13, Bull pitched in one preseason game, recording a loss decision on an 8.1 inning outing in which he allowed 9 hits and 2 runs.

But in his first regular season relief appearance, on October 20, he tweaked something in his arm and left after facing just two batters – one was walked, the other flew out.

Just 12 big-league pitches into his baseball career, Troy “Papal” Bull now faces agonizing questions about his possible return date, and whether he can recover fully after missing up to 18 months.