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Burgamy, Fidge earn Rd. 11 weekly awards
01/23/2012 8:25 PM ET
Darren Fidge earned a complete game win Saturday.
Darren Fidge earned a complete game win Saturday. (SMP Images/ Ryan Schembri)
Two veteran players, Brian Burgamy of the Cavalry and Darren Fidge of the Bite, have been named Players of the Week for the season's final round. Burgamy tore through Melbourne pitching all series, picking up 13 hits over the five-game set to finish the season with a record-setting .409 batting average. Fidge earned the victory for Adelaide in what turned out to be their postseason clincher, pitching his first complete game of the year.

Burgamy went on a late-season tear in which he also earned the Round Nine batting honours. He finished the year on a nine-game hitting streak in which he batted .576 (19-for-33), scored 15 runs and picked up 10 RBI. He was the league leader in batting average (.409), on-base percentage (.510), hits (67) and runs scored (41), setting new ABL records in each category. He also ranked in the top five in home runs and RBI.

The switch-hitting infielder had multiple hits in each contest in Melbourne, including a trio of three-hit games. His biggest game came on Saturday night, where he single-handedly brought the Cavalry back from a five-run deficit and did all he could to carry them to the postseason. Trailing 9-4 in the seventh inning, he connected for a two-run homer off Travis Blackley to bring Canberra within three. He followed with a dramatic three-run shot in the ninth off Andrew Russell to tie the game and send it into extra innings. While his team ended up losing the game and the series, Burgamy did all he could for his club.

He finished the series with an outstanding .650 batting average to go along with four home runs, seven RBI, and 11 runs scored. This is the sixth time this season that a Cavalry player has received a weekly honour and Burgamy joins Heat pitcher Warwick Saupold as the only two-time winners this year.

Runners up for the batting award included Melbourne's Brad Harman and Elliot Biddle, Perth's Tim Kennelly, and Brisbane's David Sutherland.

Fidge, a fan favourite and veteran Australian hurler, turned in his best start of the year when his team needed it most. He tossed the league's fourth complete game of the season, striking out six and allowing just six hits and one earned run to defeat the Bandits. As it turned out, the Bite dropped their next two games, meaning Fidge's dominant performance gave them the postseason-clinching win.

The righty displayed excellent control on Saturday, throwing 78 strikes versus just 31 balls. He walked just one batter on the day, finishing the season with just 10 walks in 11 games. He tied for the team lead with four wins and struck out 34 in 54.2 innings, providing a steady presence throughout the season in the Adelaide rotation.

Fidge became the fourth Bite player to earn a weekly award this season and made it two straight weeks that an Adelaide pitcher earned the honour, following Dushan Ruzic.

Notable mentions for the pitching award were Sydney's Chris Oxspring and Perth's Jacob Clem, Warwick Saupold, and Geoff Brown.

Unfortunately for Burgamy and the "UberGlobal" Cavalry, they were eliminated from postseason contention, along with the Brisbane Bandits. Fidge and the ETSA Bite clinched the third seed and will host the Blue Sox in Round One play. The top-seeded 'Alcohol Think Again' Perth Heat will remain home at Barbagallo Ballpark to play the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces in the other Round One series.

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