2009 Claxton Shield
|75th Claxton Shield
|Dates||2 December 2008 – 8 February 2009|
|Defending champions||Perth Heat (2008)|
|First place||Perth Heat
|Second place||Victoria Aces
|Third place||New South Wales Patriots
|Fourth place||Queensland Rams
|Fifth place||South Australia
|Champions||Perth Heat (10th title)|
|Runner-up||New South Wales Patriots|
|Finalist||New South Wales Patriots|
The 2009 Diamond Anniversary Claxton Shield was the 75-year anniversary of the Claxton Shield and was held from 2 December 2008 to 8 February 2009 and was the Shield's Diamond anniversary. The Perth Heat won the tournament after defeating the New South Wales Patriots 3-2 in the third game of a best of three series.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Teams
- 3 Regular season
- 4 Championship series
- 5 Conditions
- 6 Fielders Choice Player of the Series
- 7 Statistics leaders
- 8 Awards
- 9 External links
- 10 References
The 2009 Shield series excluded the Australian Provincial baseball team and consisted of four, three game series against each team including a two home, two away and a bye round for each of the teams. On top of this to start off the tournament, there was also a showcase round where each team played each other once. To celebrate the 75th anniversary, the showcase round also hosted a variety of other events such as a Home Run Derby. Teams that competed in the 2009 Claxton Shield were the New South Wales Patriots, Queensland Rams, Perth Heat, Victoria Aces and the South Australia.
The competition served as the primary selection trial for the national team to compete in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The first round of the WBC commenced Mexico City on 8 March 2009, a month after the final round.
The 2009 Claxton Shield will be competed between 5 teams from around Australia in 13 different venues.
- Perth Heat
- South Australia
- Victoria Aces
- New South Wales Patriots
- Queensland Rams
|Clinched championship series berth|
|Clinched semi-final series berth|
|New South Wales Patriots||9||7||.563||3|
The 2009 Claxton Shield finals series will have the top three teams after regular fixtures qualify. The team who finishes first will auto-qualify for the final where they will meet the winner of the 2nd vs 3rd. Both semi-finals and finals are best of three series.
23 January 2009 at 7.00 pm, Melbourne Ballpark
Patriots: W Lundgren
Aces: T Blackley
WP: T Blackley (1-0) LP: W Lundgren (0-1)
Aces: 0 Attendance: 737
Aces: A Blackley
Patriots: T Cox
WP: T Cox (1-0) LP: A Blackley (0-1)
Patriots: 2, M Lysaught, S Pender Attendance: 1731
25 January 2009 at 12.00 pm, Melbourne Ballpark
Patriots: C Anderson
Aces: D Cassidy
WP: C Anderson (1-0) LP: D Cassidy (0-1) Sv: W Lundgren 1
Patriots: 1, S Pender
Aces: 0 Attendance: 154
6 February 2009 at 7.00 pm, Baseball Park
Patriots: C Anderson
Heat: L Hendriks
WP: C Anderson (2-0) LP: L Hendriks (0-1) Sv: W Lundgren 2
Heat: 0 Attendance:
7 February 2009 at 7.00 pm, Baseball Park
Perth Heat def. New South Wales Patriots.
|This section requires expansion with: Box score. (November 2009)|
8 February 2009 at 7.30 pm, Baseball Park
Patriots: W Lundgren
Heat: D Schmidt
WP: B Wise (1-0) LP: M Williams (0-1) Sv: W Lundgren 2
Heat: 1, C House Attendance: 2150
Blacktown Baseball Stadium experienced quite warm December summer weather for New South Wales. Although the average maximum temperature is 25 °C (77 °F), most games were above this, with Game 8 of the showcase round between South Australia and Victoria Aces hitting 32 °C (90 °F) during the match.
On 7 December, the temperature dropped to a maximum of 22 °C with a strong breeze over Blacktown as well as clouds, however, no rain fell and the games finished as scheduled.
A large low-pressure system and long periods of rain forced the postponement of both games on 12 December in Altona, Victoria and Canberra. Games the next day were re-scheduled to allow for 7-inning double headers. Game 1 between Queensland Rams and Victoria Aces was relocated to Mildura, Victoria where Game 2 and 3 were also being played.
On 3 January, the New South Wales Patriots vs Queensland Rams second game at Baxter Field, Lismore was delayed during the 6th inning due to a small stint of heavy rain. Drizzle was present throughout the game, but was only delayed for approximately ten minutes.
Fielders Choice Player of the Series
- Round 1 - Nick Kimpton
- Round 2 - Daniel Berg
- Round 3 - Tim Kennelly
- Round 4 - Luke Hughes
- Round 5 - Wayne Lundgren
- Round 6 - Justin Huber
|Championship MVP||Luke Hughes||Perth Heat|
|Golden Glove||Grant Karlsen||Victoria Aces|
|Batting Champion||Nick Kimpton||Perth Heat|
|Pitcher of the Year||Tim Cox||New South Wales Patriots|
|Rookie of the Year||Chris House||Perth Heat|
|Manager of the Year||Don Kyle||Perth Heat|
- Official Baseball Australia Website
- Official 2009 Claxton Shield Page
- 14 December Results Courier Mail
- Stockman, Jennifer (3 November 2008). "2009 Claxton Shield Schedule" (PDF). Australian Baseball Federation.
- Stockman, Jennifer (24 November 2008). "2009 Claxton Shield Media Guide" (PDF). Australian Baseball Federation.
- Collins, Kingsley (5 December 2008). "Claxton Shield a fillip for Sunraysia baseball". Australian Baseball Federation.
- New South Wales vs Victoria Semi-Final 1
- Victoria vs New South Wales Semi-Final 2
- Programs/Claxton Shield/2009/SF3/xvisitor.htm New South Wales vs Victoria Semi-Final 3
- New South Wales vs Perth Grand-Final 1
- New South Wales vs Perth Grand-Final 3
- Foster, Ben (13 December 2008). "BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR A BALLGAME...Let's play two!". Australian Baseball Federation. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
- Queensland vs New South Wales 3 January 2008
- FIELDERS CHOICE Player of the Round