After the opening weekend of the ABL, brought to you by Be the Influence: Tackle Binge Drinking, season Canberra Cavalry infielder K.C. Hobson was named ABL Player Of The Week for his role in the team's success. In the opening series Canberra fell to the Sydney Blue Sox two games to one, but Hobson's performance definitely stood out.
"It's a good feeling, all I could do was try to go out there and drive in some runs and help the team win," said Hobson. "I was able to get pitches to drive and do some damage with and it kind of happened for me, and it's an honour to be named player of the week."
Hobson, first baseman for the Cavalry, had six hits in ten at-bats with two runs batted in this past weekend. In game one Hobson went two for four with an opposite field homerun, off of pitcher of the week Chris Oxspring, to give the Cavalry the lead early in the game. In game two Hobson went two for three in the heartbreaking loss when a hit by a pitch walked the winning run in. Hobson then knocked another over the fence in game three to give the Cavalry the lead for good 2-1.
Not only did Hobson do some damage at the plate, but he was also a driving force in the field making incredible defensive plays. On multiple occasions Hobson made outstanding stops to steal hits and runs away from the Blue Sox.
"From a team stand point the defence was amazing. He made a couple great plays in the field which helped the pitchers and the infield," said coach Michael Collins. "He did an outstanding job and he deserves being named player of the week."
Sydney pitcher Chris Oxspring, who was the game one starter against the Cavalry, was named pitcher of the week. In the opening game the Sydney ace pitched an impressive seven and a third innings giving up one run on six hits with seven strikeouts.
The Cavalry welcome the New Zealand National Baseball team to the Fort for two exhibition games on Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at www.CanberraCavalry.com.au/tickets.