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Nuclears Sweep Christchurch in Oceanic Cup

The Newcastle Nuclears made it look easy today as they collected the 1st Oceanic Cup championship in league history.

They swept the Christchurch Christians in straight games, winning the series 4-0. The Nuclears disposed of Christchurch 4-3 in the series finale at Drivers Ballpark.

“They were the better team this year, no doubt about it,” said Christians manager Derek Jost.

During the regular season, Newcastle put up a 36-14 record and finished first in the AUS Division.

Nuclears sweep Christchurch in the inaugural Oceanic Cup.

Blitzed by Groves, Nuclears, Christians Sink Further in Oceanic Cup

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.

Stewart, Nuclears Sink Christians Again in Game 2

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.

Arango Handcuffs Christians, Nuclears Seize 1-0 Advantage

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”

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.

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.