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Bandits' Searle pitches Daytona to FSL crown
Brisbane righty gets final 12 outs in perfect form
09/10/2013 11:58 AM ET
Searle made 12 appearances for the Bandits during the 2012/13 ABL season.
Searle made 12 appearances for the Bandits during the 2012/13 ABL season. (SMP Images)

CHARLOTTE, Florida, 10 September - In a few short months, he hopes to be pitching his Brisbane Bandits to the Claxton Shield, but Monday night in the States, Brisbane right-hander Ryan Searle closed out a Florida State League championship for his Daytona Cubs.

Searle pitched four perfect innings out of the Daytona bullpen, following five one-hit innings by starter C.J. Edwards, to help lead the Cubs to a 4-0 series-clinching win over the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The win gives Daytona their sixth Florida State League championship in history and first since 2011. Searle was credited with a save in the victory.

Over his four innings, Searle retired all 12 batters he faced, not issuing a walk or allowing a hit, striking out a man, and recording eight outs via ground balls.

A member of the Bandits for all three ABL seasons, Searle has pitched in 25 career games for Brisbane. The 2012/13 campaign was his best, resulting in 12 appearances (five starts) and a 3.30 ERA to go along with a 3-2 record.

Today's win must be extra special for Searle who spent nearly four months on the disabled list with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. After reaching Triple-A last season, the 24-year-old spent the majority of 2013 at the Class A Advanced level, going 2-3 with a 5.67 ERA in eight appearances. In the four appearances after his injury, though, Searle posted a 4.50 ERA compared with 6.35 before it.

The 2013/14 ABL season begins for Searle's Bandits on Friday, 1 November at their new home ground, Holloway Field. The Bandits welcome Adelaide to town for the first series of the new season.

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