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”
One thing is certain — the Melbourne Dockers and Sydney Sailors left it all on the field.
In a back-and-forth BOL Wildcard Series that went to the final game, the Dockers prevailed at Ballpark of Lake City today to advance to the BOL League Championships. Melbourne won the deciding game 5-1 to capture the series 3-2.
“In a series that close, you feel fortunate to come out on top of it,” said Oscar Cruz, who was named series MVP.
Cruz put up a 0.55 ERA over 16.1 innings pitched, with a 2-0 record.
The Melbourne Dockers will play against the Newcastle Nuclears in the next round. Newcastle had a bye in the BOL Wildcard Series. The BOL League Championships schedule will be announced after the BOL Wildcard Series finishes. Cruz put up a 0.55 ERA over 16.1 innings pitched, with a 2-0 record.
The Melbourne Dockers will play against the Newcastle Nuclears in the next round. Newcastle had a bye in the BOL Wildcard Series. The BOL League Championships schedule will be announced after the BOL Wildcard Series finishes.
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.
Winning the Oceanic Cup is no easy task. Winning it as a wild card is even more challenging.
But the Sydney Sailors are up for the challenge.
“If we get hot at the right time, it will be pretty tough to stop us,” said starting pitcher Palaina Lopaka as he celebrated his team’s wild card berth. “I think we’ve got the players and coaches to make it happen.”
With their record sitting at 29-17, the Sailors will indeed have a challenge ahead if they hope to win the 1st Oceanic Cup in team history. Newcastle has clinched first place, and has guaranteed a first round bye in the upcoming playoffs. Sydney will either square off against Tasmania or Melbourne.
At only 20 years of age, Wayne Southey could very well be having many more months like the last this in his career.
That would be great news for fans of the Sydney Sailors, as October was one to remember for the left fielder and he has captured the Australian League Batter of the Month award.
On the month he hit .356 with 4 home runs, 11 RBIs and 11 runs scored.
Watch as the Newcastle Nuclears take on the Sydney Sailors in this Nov. 19 (simulation date) game from the Bull Oceanic League, our off-season independent league “Down under”.
Newcastle is 5-0 this season against Sydney, and this is game #2 of a 2-game series. Yesterday, Sydney carried a lead into the 9th, but then the Nukes hit a Grand Slam Home Run to win it. Will Newcastle sweep this series too, or will Sydney finally take one from the Nukes and catch up again in the standings?