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Fielders Choice Players of the Week
12/15/2010 10:36 AM ET
 

The biggest week in the Melbourne Aces' short history has continued to be rewarded with the announcement that outfielder Yoshiyuki Kamei and pitcher Adam Bright have won the 'Fielders Choice' Australian Baseball League Players of the Week awards.

The Aces made their ABL opponents sit up and take notice in Round 5 after belting the previously top-of-the-table Sydney Blue Sox 4-1 in their five game series, which included a 15inning epic win on Friday before Melbourne demonstrated their dominance by smashing a staggering 30 runs in their double-header on Sunday.

Leading from the front at the plate was Japanese outfielder Yoshiyuki Kamei who connected on 14 hits from 25 at bats for an outstanding .560 average.

The Nara-born Kamei slammed two home runs, two doubles, and drove home seven RBI's to be a key spark for the Aces offense.

Kamei won the award ahead of team-mate Andrew Russell who safely hit 12 times from 22 at bats, sent two of them over the home run fence, and brought home nine runners.

Melbourne's success took more than just hitting, and Aces hurler Adam Bright won the weekly pitching award for his outstanding effort on the mound.

Entering Friday night's game as a relief pitcher under enormous pressure with the scores tied at 4-4, Bright threw six innings while allowing just two hits while striking out eight Blue Sox batters to earn a deserved win.

Bright won the award ahead of team-mate Travis Blackley who set an ABL record with 11 strikeouts, Perth's Liam Hendricks and Daniel Schmidt who fired in shutout efforts against Canberra, and Blue Sox duo Chris Oxspring and David Welch who allowed just one run between them in 14.1 innings.

Despite missing out on the award, Oxspring has been the toast of the ABL after signing a contract with Major League Baseball team the Detroit Tigers.

The ABL Players of Week are proudly presented by Fielders Choice, one of Australia's leading retailers of baseball equipment, and an official retail partner of the 'Alcohol Think Again' Perth Heat and Brisbane Bandits.

Round 6 of the Australian Baseball League commences on Thursday night with the Adelaide Bite hosting the Sydney Blue Sox, while the Canberra Cavalry are at home to the Perth Heat. The round extends over two weeks with the Melbourne Aces starting their series against the Brisbane Bandits on Tuesday 21 December.

Prior to their series against the Bandits, the Melbourne Aces will make up for rained out games in late November by hosting the Canberra Cavalry on Sunday 19 December and Monday 20 December.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.