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Denny Almonte wins Player of the Week Award
Historic game among many highlights
12/06/2011 4:09 PM ET
Denny Almonte wins award after his 12-RBI Weekend
Denny Almonte wins award after his 12-RBI Weekend (SMP / Ryan Schembri)
ADELAIDE - Adelaide ETSA Bite Centerfielder Denny Almonte has earned himself Player of the Week status for round 5 after a dynamic batting performance against the Jet Courier Melbourne Aces, which saw him break the League Record for RBIs in a single game, of which he says "Yes, it does (mean a lot to me) because it shows that I'm working hard at what I do and gives me a challenge to try to break my own record".

Almonte started the series off by collecting two doubles against the eventual ABL Pitcher of the week, Yusei Kikuchi. He would add another hit later, but the Bite would fall scoreless against the Aces.

In Game Two of the series, the Dominican born outfielder played one of the most memorable games in ABL History. Almonte knocked in 8 RBIs on the way to a 9-6 win over the Aces, which included both a grand-slam, an RBI single and a walk-off 3-run home run. It becomes a memorable game for a player when he accounts for all but one of his team's runs for that game.

"It was a great feeling, I was just trying to do my best to help our team win," Almonte recounts.

Over the remainder of the weekend, Almonte batted in an additional four runners, bringing his total for the series to twelve. His final series line included 9 hits in 16 at-bats, 2 doubles, 3 runs, 12 RBIs, and a stolen base. In seeing these figures, it is no surprise that he has been honoured with this award.

Almonte, 23, is from Miami Florida and graduated Florida Christian School in 2007. He was then drafted into the Seattle Mariners system in the second round of the 2007 draft, beginning with a stint in Rookie league affiliates AZL Mariners before moving into a Short-Season stint with the Everett AquaSox Since then he has spent the last 2 seasons playing for the Clinton LumberKings and High Desert Mavericks in A and Advanced A divisions respectively. Last season with the High Desert Mavericks, Almonte had a batting average of .268 with 97 RBIs for the season and 24 home runs.

Looking ahead to the next series, Almonte is expecting a great showing in Canberra after an impressive performance against the Cavalry last time they met. With the team currently sitting in third place, Almonte aims to have several multi-hit performances, looking to bring the Adelaide ETSA Bite home against Canberra to solidify their position as a team not to be pushed around.

The 5-game series begins at Narrabundah Ballpark on Thursday night at 7pm EDT and continues across the weekend.

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