SYDNEY, 12 November - Although there were several standout performance during the second round of the 2013/14 Australian Baseball League brought to you by Be the Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking season, it was the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat's Joey Wong and Adelaide Bite's Kyle Brueggeman who were awarded ABL Player and Pitcher of the Week awards for Round 2.
Wong became the third member of the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat to be named a weekly award winner this year. Perth cruised past the Adelaide Bite proudly presented by the SA Power Networks in Round 2, winning three out of four games, and Wong played a large role in their success. The shortstop found ways to punish the Bite in the batter's box as well as on the basepaths. The Colorado Rockies prospect was in the zone in Round 2, collecting nine hits, four runs batted in, four runs scored, and three stolen bases. Wong's best game came in Perth's second of the round, when he went 4-from-5 with a double, two runs scored, and a stolen base.
Wong is coming off of an impressive season while playing for the Tulsa Drillers, the Double-A affiliate of the Rockies. This past season, the infielder hit .240 with 17 doubles. Through the first two rounds of the 2013/14 ABL season, Wong is hitting an impressive .394. The Heat are idle this upcoming week but expect another big series for Wong in Round 4 when they square off against the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces.
While Wong was striking fear in the eyes of his opponents from the plate, Adelaide's Brueggemann was doing the same from the pitcher's mound. Brueggeman became the first pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout this season in an impressive Round 2 performance. He led the Bite to their only Round 2 victory as the Heat simply had no answer for the right-hander. In seven strong innings of shutout baseball, Brueggemann struck out three batters while allowing just two hits and no walks.
Brueggemann showed immense improvement from his first start of the season in which the Brisbane Bandits hit him hard. In 5 1/3 innings, pitched he allowed four earned runs while walking five batters. If Brueggeman continues to show the type of improvement he did from Round 1 to Round 2, though, opposing batters could be in serious trouble.
There are four teams slated to play in Round 3. The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces will host the Adelaide Bite proudly presented by SA Power Networks while the Sydney Blue Sox will pay a visit to Brisbane to take on the Bandits. The action begins Friday night in Melbourne with first pitch set for 7:35 pm AEDT