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Brice, Zachary take Home Player of the Week Awards
01/11/2011 12:24 PM ET


10 January 2011

For Immediate Use

Two of the hottest teams in the Australian Baseball League have been further rewarded for their efforts after Adelaide outfielder Tom Brice and Perth pitcher Matt Zachary were named as the 'Fielders Choice' Players of the Week for Round 8.

Brice was in sublime form for the Adelaide 'ETSA' Bite, connecting on nine hits from 16 at bats for a .563 average which included four home runs while also bringing in ten RBI's.

Brice, who won a Silver medal with the Australian team at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, is ranked seventh overall in the ABL in terms of average at .321 and has hit five home runs and 16 RBI's in 27 games to date.

Adelaide sits on top of the ABL Standings with 18 wins and 12 losses after beating the Melbourne Aces 3-1 in their recent four game series.

Brice narrowly edged out Brisbane's Alan Schoenberger for the batting award. Schoenberger helped the Bandits to their first series win of the season when they defeated the Canberra Cavalry 3-1, personally contributing 10 hits from 18 at bats which included seven RBI's.

Just one week after being swept by the Sydney Blue Sox on their own home ground, the 'Alcohol Think Again' Perth Heat returned fire in Round 8, winning all four games at Blacktown Olympic Park to lift themselves from fourth to second in the standings.

Starting pitcher Matt Zachary was instrumental in the Heat wrapping up Game 4, throwing down seven complete innings while conceding just four hits, no runs, and no walks while striking out four Blue Sox batters.

The performance was Zachary's first win of the season. Zachary edged out Brisbane's Simon Morriss for the pitching award.

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.

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