Tag: Sapporo College Avengers

PRCL Week #8: Sapporo Sizzles

The Sapporo College Avengers catapulted to the top of the PRCL power rankings in the penultimate week after going 6-1, and pushing their season record up to 32-18 to lead the Pacific Rim College League.

For most of the season, the Japanese teams have been blocked out of the top of the rankings, as none could even break the .500 mark until after the All-Star Break. But Sapporo has been on a tear since then, with a PRCL best 19-5 post-All-Star record.

A huge factor has been their pitching, which has been phenomenal. A rotation led by knuckleballer Nobushi Kobayashi (9-1, 1.55 ERA) has consistently shut down both Japan Division teams, and Korea Division teams.


Cletus Hillier, a 19-year-old Canadian playing for Brisbane College Rockets, was named the Australasian-Oceanic Conference (AOC) Player of the Week after going 12-for-23 for a .522 average, homering 4 times and driving in 9 runs. His 4 homers nearly doubled his season total, and the first baseman now sits at 9, with 32 RBIs and 23 runs.

Sapporo’s Takehiko Uno, a disciplined 19-year-old third baseman for the surging Avengers, similarly had a successful week. He hit 13-for-31 for a .419 average, also homers four times, and had 14 RBIs.

PRCL Week #7 – Manila U Breaks Through

The Manila U Aztecs have broken through to rise to the top of the weekly power rankings for the Pacific Rim College League at the end of 7 weeks, taking the top spot with a 27-16 record, with just 11 games left. The Aztecs are 1 game ahead of division rivals Singapore Baseball Academy, who had been the division leaders earlier in the season.

The Aztecs’ surge this week was powered in part by a lopsided 17-2 win over Queenstown U Falcons on Wednesday, a game that saw them blast three multiple-run homers, along with four doubles. Continue reading “PRCL Week #7 – Manila U Breaks Through”

PRCL Week #6 – Melbourne Reclaims Top of Power Rankings

The Melbourne U Admirals have reclaimed the top of the PRCL power rankings as the Pacific Rim College League completes the 6th week of its short season.

But the question remains how long will they stay there? The Admirals have four pitchers out with injuries, including closer Sean Axworthy who was injured on February 11th, and will likely miss most of the 2019 season, in addition to the rest of this season. Continue reading “PRCL Week #6 – Melbourne Reclaims Top of Power Rankings”

PRCL Week #5 – Busan, Pyongyang Now Neck-and-Neck

The Pyongyand Stellar U Continentals have pulled even with the Busan Tech Brawlers in Week #5’s power rankings, in the Pacific Rim College League (PRCL), with both teams leading at 114.0 points.

Busan has the division lead with a 19-11 record, but Pyongyang are just a game behind them at 18-12. Incheon College is hot on their heels at 17-13, just 2 games out of the lead. Continue reading “PRCL Week #5 – Busan, Pyongyang Now Neck-and-Neck”

JKC Takes 2nd Pacific Rim All-Star Contest

There was rain and both from the sky, and from the bats, as the Japan-Korea Conference All-Stars vanquished the Australasian-Oceanic Conference All-Stars in the 2nd annual mid-season classic for the Pacific Rim College League (PRCL), winning 4-0.

Last year, it was the AOC All-Stars who won it, by the same coincidental score. But the Korea Division has been very strong this year, and their talented players served up defeat to the incumbents with 11 hits, including a solo shot in the 4th inning that broke the scoreless deadlock. Continue reading “JKC Takes 2nd Pacific Rim All-Star Contest”