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First-place clubs earn Delta Rd. 5 weekly awards
Frawley's cycle, Ekstrom's CG earn honours
12/01/2013 10:05 PM ET
Casey Frawley (left) is a first-time honouree while Ekstrom claims his third award.
Casey Frawley (left) is a first-time honouree while Ekstrom claims his third award. (SMP Images)

SYDNEY - With every ABL team in action this weekend for the first time since Round 1, Casey Frawley of the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault and Mike Ekstrom of the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat took home Round 5 Delta Air Lines Player and Pitcher of the Week honours. Each player played a large part in helping their respective teams make it to the top of the standings. Perth and Canberra are currently tied for first place with records of 10-5.

Frawley had a phenomenal series against the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces in Round 5. Canberra's utility man, who saw action on the left side of the infield and in the oufield at Melbourne, hit for an average of .500 (8-from-16) while recording four extra base hits, scoring five runs, and driving in an additional five. Although he managed to reach base in every game and recorded a hit in three of the four games, Frawley saved his best performance for the series finale.

Sunday afternoon, Frawley starred in a wild series finale, during which Canberra beat Melbourne 18-13. In a game featuring 42 total hits, Frawley had the hottest bat. The Cavalry's left fielder on the day went 5-6 with four RBI and four runs scored. More impressively though, he hit a single, double, triple, and a home run, recording the first cycle of the 2013/14 ABL season, and only the second in league history. The only other player to ever achieve this feat was Sydney's David Kandilas on 30 December 2011, also playing against the Melbourne Aces. After his impressive Round 5 performance, Frawley has jumped to second in the league in batting average, hitting an impressive .400 on the year. The 26-year-old is also leading the league in total bases, RBI, runs scored, doubles and triples.  

While this was Frawley's first time winning the Delta Air Lines Player of the Week award, Round 5 marks Ekstrom's third time being named the leauge's most impressive pitcher. Perth's right-hander was dominant once again on Saturday against the Sydney Blue Sox. The former major leaguer threw a complete-game shutout, becoming only the second player all season to do so. The Blue Sox simply had no answer for Ekstrom as he surrendered just three hits over seven innings. The former San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, and Colorado Rockies pitcher also recorded eight strikeouts while allowing just one walk.

Ekstrom has been making easy work of the ABL in his first season Down Under. On the season, Ekstrom is 3-0 with a 0.31 ERA. He is currenly leading the league in wins, ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts, and WHIP. Ekstrom has allowed just one earned run through four starts this season. In Round 6, he'll lead the Heat into their clash with Brisbane while Frawley's Cavalry return home to host the Blue Sox.

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