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In heated playoff race, Brueggemann, Barnes honoured
Round 11 Delta awards go to performers on two of tied second-place teams
01/14/2014 12:09 AM ET
Barnes (left) and Brueggemann find their teams in a heated ABL Postseason race.
Barnes (left) and Brueggemann find their teams in a heated ABL Postseason race. (SMP Images)

SYDNEY - After an action-packed weekend of baseball, Jeremy Barnes of the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault and Kyle Brueggemann of the Adelaide Bite proudly presented by SA Power Networks have been named the Round 11 Delta Air Lines Player and Pitcher of the Week.

This will be the second week this season in which Brueggemann has been named as the top pitcher in the Australian Baseball League brought to you by Be the Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking. Brueggemann, who is currently 4-3 on the year, had one of his best outings this past weekend. The right-hander threw seven innings of shutout ball in which he struck out nine batters while allowing just four hits and one walk. He picked up the win in a crucial victory over the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces in another pivotal game with ABL playoff implications.

The Bite are currently the hottest team in the ABL, having won an impressive eight of their last ten games. Thanks to their recent hot streak, Adelaide find themselves in playoff position with a record of 19-19, Brueggemann has played a key role, allowing three or fewer runs in each of his last five outings.

While the Bite have been surging as of late, the Cavalry have been going in the opposite direction, having lost eight of their last ten games. Despite their recent skid, though, third baseman Jeremy Barnes has been playing his best baseball of the season in recent weeks. The former Philadelphia Phillies prospect is currently first in the ABL in batting average after his phenomenal series against the Sydney Blue Sox this past weekend.

On the weekend, Barnes hit for an incredible average of .500 (10-from-20) while collecting four doubles, a triple and two runs batted in. His best game of the weekend came on Thursday night. Although the Cavalry went on to lose the game, Barnes was not to blame as he played exceptionally well, going a perfect 5-5 from the plate with a run batted in and one scored. Through 11 weeks of baseball, the University of Notre Dame product is hitting .347 with 15 doubles and 30 RBI.

Barnes and Brueggemann will both be trying to do their best to keep their respective teams in playoff contention next weekend. Both the Cavalry and Bite share a record of 19-19 and are tied with Sydney in a three-way logjam for second place in the league.

 Barnes and the Cavalry will be hosting the first place Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat while Brueggemann and the Bite will be hosting the Blue Sox.

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