2013 Australian Baseball League postseason

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2013
Australian Baseball League
postseason
Postseason details
Teams qualified 3
Dates 2 – 9 February 2013
Games played 4
Attendance 6,052  (1,513 per game)
Championship series
Champions Canberra Cavalry
Defeated
(game score)
Perth Heat (2–0)
Venue Australian Capital Territory Narrabundah Ballpark, Canberra
Series MVP Aaron Sloan (CAN)
Preliminary final series
Won by Perth Heat
Defeated
(game score)
Sydney Blue Sox (2–0)
Venue New South Wales Blue Sox Stadium, Sydney
2012

The 2013 Australian Baseball League (ABL) postseason was held from 2 to 9 February 2013. It was scheduled to start on 1 February, but the first game of the preliminary final series was postponed due to wet weather, and was the first game of a doubleheader the following day. The postseason was contested by three of the six teams participating in the regular season, with the teams with the best winning percentages qualifying.

The preliminary final series was hosted by the Sydney Blue Sox at Blue Sox Stadium in Sydney, against the Perth Heat. The Heat won the series two games to nil, to then face the Canberra Cavalry at Narrabundah Ballpark in Canberra in the championship series. Canberra defeated Perth two games to nil to win their first ABL championship and be awarded the Claxton Shield. It was the first time a team from the Australian Capital Territory won the Claxton Shield

Format[edit]

At the conclusion of the regular season, the postseason will involve the teams in a two-round structure. Each round will consist of a best-of-three game series between the respective teams. The first-placed team will directly qualify for the championship series, and the second- and third-placed teams will play each other in the preliminary final series, the winner of which will qualify for the second place in the championship series.[1]

Bracket[edit]

  Preliminary Final Series
2 February 2013
    Championship Series
8-9 February 2013
                 
    1 Canberra Cavalry 2
  2 Sydney Blue Sox 0     WP Perth Heat 0
  3 Perth Heat 2  

Qualification[edit]

The Sydney Blue Sox were the first team to clinch a postseason berth, when they defeated the Brisbane Bandits in the first game of their second series at Blue Sox Stadium in Sydney, the final series of the regular season.[2] In the second game of the same series the following night, the Blue Sox clinched a home postseason series by beating the Bandits again.[3] The Canberra Cavalry clinched their first ABL postseason berth that same night, when they defeated the Adelaide Bite at Norwood Oval in Adelaide. The win also guaranteed a regular season finish no lower than second, and like the Blue Sox assured the Cavalry oh hosting a home postseason series.[4]

The final makeup of the postseason bracket was not determined until the final day of the regular season. The Cavalry guaranteed themselves first place and a place in the championship series when they beat the Bite in their final game. This win also confirmed the Blue Sox would finish in second place and host the preliminary final series.[5] The Perth Heat qualified for the final postseason position when they defeated the Melbourne Aces at Baseball Park in Perth in their final game. The win eliminated the Bandits from contention.[6]

Preliminary final[edit]

The Sydney Blue Sox hosted the Perth Heat in the preliminary final series at Blue Sox Stadium. The Blue Sox and Heat split their season series 4–4. The four game series played in Sydney in November 2012 was also split 2–2.[7] Over the three ABL seasons played up until this series, Perth has the better record head-to-head against Sydney, with a record of 18–9.[8][9][10] The two teams have met in one postseason series before, in the 2011 major semi-final: the Perth Heat won the series 2–0 in Sydney.[11]

Head-to-head record:
Perth Heat v Sydney Blue Sox
Game type Games
played
Perth
won
Sydney
won
Overall 27 18 9
In Sydney 14 12 2
In 2012–13 season 8 4 4
In Postseason 2 2 0

The first game of the series was scheduled to be played on 1 February, but was postponed due to wet weather. It was rescheduled to be the first game of a doubleheader the following day.[12]

Game 1[edit]

2 February 2013 15:30 (UTC+11:00) at Blue Sox Stadium, Sydney
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Perth Heat 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 10 0
Sydney Blue Sox 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 0
WP: Anthony Claggett (1–0)   LP: Wayne Lundgren (0–1)   Sv: Brendan Wise (1)
Attendance: 794
Boxscore

Game 2[edit]

2 February 2013 19:30 (UTC+11:00) at Blue Sox Stadium, Sydney
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Perth Heat 2 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 14 1
Sydney Blue Sox 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 6 10 1
WP: Warwick Saupold (1–0)   LP: Brad Thomas (0–1)   Sv: Brendan Wise (2)
Home runs:
PER: Timothy Kennelly (1), Allan de San Miguel (1)
SYD: None
Attendance: 1,212
Boxscore

Championship series[edit]

The Canberra Cavalry will host the Perth Heat in the championship series at Narrabundah Ballpark. The Cavalry won their season series against the Heat 6–2. The four game series played in Canberra in January 2013 was won by Canberra 3–1. Over the three ABL seasons played up until this series, Canberra has the better record head-to-head against Perth, with a record of 13–12.[13][14][15] The two teams have not previously met in a postseason series; Canberra qualified for the postseason for the first time in 2013.[5]

Head-to-head record:
Canberra Cavalry v Perth Heat
Game type Games
played
Canberra
won
Perth
won
Overall 25 13 12
In Canberra 13 7 6
In 2012–13 season 8 6 2
In Postseason 0

Game 1[edit]

8 February 2013 19:00 (UTC+11:00) at Narrabundah Ballpark, Canberra
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Perth Heat 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 8 1
Canberra Cavalry 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 X 6 12 2
WP: Brian Grening (1–0)   LP: Anthony Claggett (1–1)   Sv: Sean Toler (1)
Home runs:
PER: Timothy Kennelly (1), Luke Hughes (1)
CAN: Aaron Sloan (1), Ryan Stovall (1)
Attendance: 2,013
Boxscore

Game 2[edit]

9 February 2013 19:00 (UTC+11:00) at Narrabundah Ballpark, Canberra
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Perth Heat 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 6 8 2
Canberra Cavalry 1 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 X 7 13 0
WP: Brodie Downs (1–0)   LP: Jack Frawley (0–1)   Sv: Sean Toler (2)
Home runs:
PER: None
CAN: Kody Hightower (1), Michael Wells (1)
Attendance: 2,043
Boxscore

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Playoff Procedures - Format for 2012/13 season". Australian Baseball League. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "SportsDay Live, Friday January 25". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Handley, Tom (26 January 2013). "Sox rip Bandits, clinch home Postseason series". Australian Baseball League. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 13-run rout is biggest of season for Sydney 
  4. ^ Munoz, Jessica (26 January 2013). "Cavalry into Postseason behind Buschini's big bat". Australian Baseball League. Retrieved 27 January 2013. Second baseman records three hits, four RBI in win 
  5. ^ a b Munoz, Jessica (27 January 2013). "First Place". Canberra Cavalry. Australian Baseball League. Retrieved 27 January 2013. Canberra finish regular season with win to capture regular season crown 
  6. ^ "Perth Heat rise to the occasion". The West Australian. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Staudinger, Krista (30 January 2013). "Preliminary Final preview: Champs take on Sox". Australian Baseball League. Retrieved 1 February 2013. Perth trying to reach third straight ABLCS; Sydney going for first 
  8. ^ "2010 game-by-game results - Perth Heat". Perth Heat. Australian Baseball League. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "2011 game-by-game results - Perth Heat". Perth Heat. Australian Baseball League. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "2012 game-by-game results - Perth Heat". Perth Heat. Australian Baseball League. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Maun, Tyler (28 January 2011). "Perth sweep Sydney away to Round 2 at BOP". Sydney Blue Sox. Australian Baseball League. Retrieved 1 February 2013. Three runs in third, eighth send Heat to Championship Series 
  12. ^ Suttor, Matt (1 February 2013). "Preliminary Final game one postponed". Sydney Blue Sox. Australian Baseball League. Retrieved 1 February 2013. Sox-Heat battle rescheduled for Saturday doubleheader 
  13. ^ "2010 game-by-game results - Canberra Cavalry". Canberra Cavalry. Australian Baseball League. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "2011 game-by-game results - Canberra Cavalry". Canberra Cavalry. Australian Baseball League. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "2012 game-by-game results - Canberra Cavalry". Canberra Cavalry. Australian Baseball League. Retrieved 2 February 2013.