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Cavs McGuire, Nohara earn Rd. Two honours
McGuire set ABL single-game strikeout record in second series
11/15/2011 12:02 AM ET
 (SMP Images/ Ryan Schembri)
SYDNEY, 15 November - Following a four-game series with the Adelaide 'ETSA' Bite, the Canberra 'UberGlobal' Cavalry's Masashi Nohara and Mike McGuire have been named ABL Players of the Week for Round Two. The two join last week's hitting star John Tolisano to make it three out of a possible four Player of the Week honours awarded to Cavalry players through two rounds in 2011.

Nohara, a shortstop who came to Canberra from the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, became the Cavalry's second middle infielder in as many weeks to be named the ABL's best hitter. He wasted no time getting hot in the series, exploding for four RBI in Thursday night's 10-2 win. Nohara finished the night 3-for-4 at the plate, including a pair of hits in the seven-run eighth inning that won the game for the Cavalry.

Batting in the sixth position on Sunday, Nohara would have another massive game, collecting four hits in five at-bats, with an RBI and two runs scored. Over the course of four days versus Adelaide, Nohara had a trio of multi-hit games, picking up nine hits in 17 at-bats (.529 BA), raising his season batting average to .355, good for eighth in the league. Included in those nine hits were three doubles, giving him a .706 slugging percentage to go along with five RBI and four runs scored.

Honourable mentions for the batting award included Brad Dutton of the Brisbane Bandits, Justin Huber of the 'Jet Courier' Melbourne Aces, and the Adelaide 'ETSA' Bite's Denny Almonte.

One cannot speak of impressive performances in the 2011 ABL season without discussing McGuire, who had a record-breaking outing in his start on Thursday night. The 201-cm right-hander struck out 14 Bite hitters through 6.1 innings pitched on the evening, allowing just one run on four hits, while walking nobody. Those 14 strikeouts set a new ABL record, easily surpassing Travis Blackley's mark of 11, set last December versus Sydney. McGuire, who pitched in the Philadelphia Phillies system the past two seasons, now leads the league with 21 K's on the season.

McGuire's weekend was not finished there, however, as he also returned to the mound for the final two innings of Sunday's victory. Striking out two more in this relief outing, he picked up the save in the series finale. With these two strong outings, Canberra's ace now has a 0.68 ERA this season and an identical WHIP. He has allowed just six hits in 13.1 innings, good for a .136 batting average against.

Runners up for the pitching award were Brisbane's Steven Chambers, the 'Alcohol Think Again' Perth HEAT's Jacob Clem, and Paul Mildren of Adelaide.

In Round Three, McGuire, Nohara, and their Cavalry teammates will have a bye week, along with the Adelaide Bite. Meanwhile, the Brisbane Bandits will travel to Melbourne to take on the Aces, while the Sydney Blue Sox will host the Perth HEAT.

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.