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Round 1 Players of the Week selected
Tolisano, Moore take ABL's first weekly honors of 2011/12
11/08/2011 6:07 PM ET
 (SMP Images / Theron Kirkman)
After an outstanding first weekend on baseball diamonds across the nation, Canberra's John Tolisano and Perth's Ben Moore have been named Players of the Week for Round One. Each separated himself from his peers by posting outstanding performances while helping his team to important early-season victories.

Tolisano, a second baseman in his first ABL season, immediately distinguished himself as a player to watch in 2011/12. In his debut game, he played a large role in the Canberra UberGlobal Cavalry's season-opening win versus Brisbane, connecting for two hits, including his first home run. He also walked in Friday night's game and scored two runs.

On Saturday, the switch-hitting Toronto Blue Jays prospect made an even larger impact. He reached base five times in seven plate appearances over the course of the doubleheader with Brisbane, while also contributing a dazzling bare-handed play in game one, scooping up a ball that deflected off pitcher Tristan Crawford to nail Wade Dutton at first. He saved his best for last on the night though, smashing a no-doubt walk-off home run to right field, winning game two for the Cavalry. For the series, Tolisano finished 6-for-14 (.429) with a .529 on-base percentage, two home runs and 13 total bases.

Notable mentions include Alex Burg (Perth Heat), Alex Johnson (Sydney Blue Sox) and Josh Roberts (Brisbane Bandits).

Moore, a former New York Yankees minor leaguer, pitched a dominant six innings against Adelaide on 4 November, surrendering just one run, which was unearned, while striking out eight. Although Moore did not factor into the decision, the 'Alcohol Think Again' Perth HEAT went on to win the game by a 6-1 score, picking up right where they left off last season.

A 30-year-old right-hander, Moore is accustomed to pressure situations. He claimed the 2010/11 ABL Championship Series Most Valuable Player award after tossing a complete-game shutout in the clincher. Moore spent most of the 2011 season with the Sioux Falls Fighting Pheasants of the American Association.

Other pitchers in the running were Craig Anderson (Sydney Blue Sox), Alex Maestri (Brisbane Bandits) and Mike McGuire (Canberra Cavalry).

In Round Two, John Tolisano and the rest of the Cavalry will head to Adelaide to take on the Bite. Ben Moore will look to keep the HEAT undefeated when they travel to Melbourne for a series against the Aces. The Brisbane Bandits will play host to the Sydney Blue Sox.

Fans can follow games through individual team streaming and radio partners. The ABL also offers new Gameday technology, which tracks live pitch-by-pitch action at www.theabl.com.au.

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