2011 Australian Baseball League postseason

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2011
Australian Baseball League
postseason
A blue oval with a white and red double border. The text "ABL POSTSEASON 2011" in white, a baseball above and a seven-pointed star superimposed on the oval. The word "DELTA" in blue written above the oval.
Postseason details
Teams qualified 4
Dates 27 January – 13 February 2011
Games played 10
Attendance 18,167  (1,817 per game)
Championship series
Champions Perth Heat
Defeated
(game score)
Adelaide Bite (2–1)
Venue Western Australia Baseball Park, Perth
Series MVP Benjamin Moore (PER)
Preliminary final series
Won by Adelaide Bite
Defeated
(game score)
Sydney Blue Sox (2–1)
Venue New South Wales Blacktown Olympic Park, Sydney
Major semi-final series
Won by Perth Heat
Defeated
(game score)
Sydney Blue Sox (2–0)
Venue New South Wales Blacktown Olympic Park, Sydney
Minor semi-final series
Won by Adelaide Bite
Defeated
(game score)
Melbourne Aces (2–0)
Venue South Australia Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
2012

The 2011 Australian Baseball League postseason, known as the 2011 Delta Air Lines ABL Postseason due to naming rights sponsorship from Delta Air Lines,[1] was held from 27 January to 13 February 2011. The postseason was contested by four of the six teams participating in the regular season, with the teams with the best winning percentages qualifying.

In the semi-finals, the Melbourne Aces were the first team eliminated, defeated by the Adelaide Bite two games to nil in Adelaide in the minor semi-final series. The Perth Heat became the first team to qualify for the championship series, by sweeping the Sydney Blue Sox two games to nil in the major semi-final series, held in Sydney. The Blue Sox were then eliminated by the Bite in the preliminary final series, losing the series two games to one. The Heat became the inaugural ABL champions when they defeated Adelaide two games to nil in the championship series.

Format[edit]

At the conclusion of the regular season, the postseason involved the teams in a three-round structure. Each round consisted of a best-of-three game series between the respective teams. The first- and second-place teams played each other in the major semi-final, the winner of which proceeded directly to the grand final and the loser to the preliminary final. The winner of the minor semi-final between the third- and fourth-place teams also qualified for the preliminary final, while the loser was eliminated. Likewise, the winner of the preliminary final qualified for the championship series, the loser being eliminated.[2]

As in the finals series of previous Claxton Shield tournaments, though each series was hosted by a single team, the role of home team and away team alternated from game to game. For the second game in each series, the visiting team took the role of home team, fielding first, batting second, and wore their away uniform for the game.[3][4][5][6]

Bracket[edit]

  Semi-Final Series
27–28 January 2011
Premliminary Final Series
4–6 February 2011
Championship Series
11–13 February 2011
                           
1 Sydney Blue Sox 0  
2 Perth Heat 2         2 Perth Heat 2
      1 Sydney Blue Sox 1   3 Adelaide Bite 1
  3 Adelaide Bite 2  
3 Adelaide Bite 2
4 Melbourne Aces 0  

Qualification[edit]

The Perth Heat and Sydney Blue Sox both clinched positions in the top four of the league at the same time: when Perth defeated the Melbourne Aces in the final game of their series at the Melbourne Showgrounds. The Adelaide Bite were the next team to secure a position in the finals, after winning the third of an expanded six-game series against the Brisbane Bandits at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide. Like Sydney, Melbourne secured fourth position through a result that did not involve them: Brisbane's loss in their final game against Adelaide eliminated them from contention for the finals, and since the Canberra Cavalry had already been eliminated by Melbourne's win in its second-last game, Melbourne qualified.

Major semi-final series[edit]

The Sydney Blue Sox hosted the Perth Heat in the major semi-final series at Blacktown Olympic Park. The Blue Sox and Heat split their season series 4–4. This included back-to-back sweeps for each team, with Perth winning the second of the two series, played in Sydney.[7]

Game 1[edit]

27 January 2011 19:30 (UTC+11:00) at Blacktown Olympic Park, Sydney
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Perth Heat 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 7 0
Sydney Blue Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 1
WP: Benn Grice (1–0)   LP: Chris Oxspring (0–1)   Sv: Brendan Wise (1)
Home runs:
PER: Matt Kennelly (1)
SYD: Brendan Kingman (1)
Attendance: 1,002
Boxscore

Game 2[edit]

28 January 2011 19:30 (UTC+11:00) at Blacktown Olympic Park, Sydney
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sydney Blue Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Perth Heat 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 X 6 6 0
WP: Trevor Caughey (1–0)   LP: Wayne Lundgren (0–1)
Attendance: 1,350
Boxscore

Minor semi-final series[edit]

The Adelaide Bite hosted the Melbourne Aces in the minor semi-final series at Coopers Stadium. The Bite won their season series against the Aces 7–1. Adelaide swept Melbourne 4–0 in the season opening series in Adelaide.[7]

Game 1[edit]

27 January 2011 19:00 (UTC+10:30) at Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Melbourne Aces 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
Adelaide Bite 0 0 4 0 1 5 2 2 X 14 19 0
WP: Mark Brackman (1–0)   LP: Tetsu Nishikawa (0–1)
Home runs:
MEL: Andrew Russell (1)
ADE: Quincy Latimore 2 (2), Jeremy Cresswell (1), Stefan Welch (1)
Attendance: 1,642
Boxscore

Game 2[edit]

28 January 2011 19:00 (UTC+10:30) at Coopers Stadium, Adelaide (F/11)
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Adelaide Bite 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 8 2
Melbourne Aces 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 1
WP: Adrian Burnside (1–0)   LP: Jeff Jamnik (0–1)
Attendance: 3,124
Boxscore

Preliminary final series[edit]

Game 1[edit]

4 February 2011 19:30 (UTC+11:00) at Blacktown Olympic Park, Sydney
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Adelaide Bite 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sydney Blue Sox 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 X 8 12 3
WP: David Welch (1–0)   LP: Mark Brackman (1–1)
Home runs:
ADE: None
SYD: Trent D'Antonio (1)
Attendance: 1,162
Boxscore

Game 2[edit]

5 February 2011 19:30 (UTC+11:00) at Blacktown Olympic Park, Sydney
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sydney Blue Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
Adelaide Bite 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 X 4 13 0
WP: Brandon Maurer (1–0)   LP: Wayne Lundgren (0–2)
Attendance: 1,515
Boxscore

Game 3[edit]

6 February 2011 13:30 (UTC+11:00) at Blacktown Olympic Park, Sydney (F/15)
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 R H E
Adelaide Bite 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 15 1
Sydney Blue Sox 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 15 3
WP: Mark Brackman (2–1)   LP: Koo Dae-Sung (0–1)
Attendance: 742
Boxscore

Championship series[edit]

The 2011 ABL championship series logo.

Game 1[edit]

11 February 2011 16:10 (UTC+08:00) at Baseball Park, Perth
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Adelaide Bite 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 11 1
Perth Heat 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 14 0
WP: Mark Brackman (3–1)   LP: Daniel Schmidt (0–1)   Sv: Tom Becker (1)
Attendance: 2,680
Boxscore

Game 2[edit]

12 February 2011 16:10 (UTC+08:00) at Baseball Park, Perth
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Perth Heat 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 1 0 9 13 0
Adelaide Bite 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 1
WP: Trevor Caughey (2–0)   LP: Brandon Maurer (1–1)
Home runs:
PER: Ronnie Welty 2 (2)
ADE: None
Attendance: 3,074
Boxscore

Game 3[edit]

13 February 2011 12:10 (UTC+08:00) at Baseball Park, Perth
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Adelaide Bite 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0
Perth Heat 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 0 7 8 1
WP: Benjamin Moore (1–0)   LP: Paul Mildren (0–1)
Home runs:
ADE: Stefan Welch (2)
PER: Robbie Widlansky (1)
Attendance: 1,876
Boxscore

Broadcasting[edit]

On 25 January 2011, it was announced that Fox Sports would broadcast live coverage of the championship series.[1] Warren Smith provided the play-by-play commentary, and was joined by Jon Deeble, manager of the Australia national baseball team, for colour commentary.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Schroder, Mark (25 January 2011). "Delta Partners with ABL for Post-Season". Australian Baseball League. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Morton, Jim (5 August 2010). "ABL takes a healthy bite". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 7 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Major semi-final series, game 2 boxscore". Australian Baseball League. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Minor semi-final series, game 2 boxscore". Australian Baseball League. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Preliminary final series, game 2 boxscore". Australian Baseball League. 5 February 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Championship series, game 2 boxscore". Australian Baseball League. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "ABL'S Top Four Teams Locked in For Post Season". Boxscore News. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Australian Associated Press (13 February 2011). "Perth Heat run away with inaugural Australian Baseball League title, beating Adelaide 7-1 in game three". Fox Sports. Retrieved 15 February 2011.