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Coyle, Anderson earn Delta awards
League's top two teams boast Round 3 honourees
11/17/2014 11:14 PM ET
Anderson (left) and Coyle have their teams atop the league ladder.
Anderson (left) and Coyle have their teams atop the league ladder. (SMP Images/ABL Media)

SYDNEY, 18 November - With three weeks of Australian Baseball League play in the books, the Brisbane Bandits, proudly presented by WellDog, are atop the table in pursuit of their first ABL Postseason trip. Tampa Bay Rays import Thomas Coyle helped spark the Bandits to their second straight series victory over the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces, earning Delta Air Lines Player of the Week accolades for Round 3. Down the coast in Sydney, Blue Sox left-hander Craig Anderson rode a complete-game shutout to Pitcher of the Week honours.

Coyle got the start for the Bandits at second base in all four games of their home set against the Aces and batted .500 (8-from-16) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, five runs scored, and six runs batted in. Coyle also stole two bases and walked twice. Brisbane dropped their Round 3 series opener but rebounded to win three straight over Melbourne. The Bandits have now won eight of their last 10 games to surge to the top of the ABL ladder.

Over the course of his 12 games played this season, Coyle is batting .348, the ninth-best mark in the ABL. The Rays minor leaguer ranks in a tie for first place in the league with eight extra-base hits and leads the league with 31 total bases. He checks in second in hits (16) and RBIs (nine) and ranks in the top five in at-bats, runs scored, and slugging percentage.

In New South Wales, southpaw Anderson bounced back from his first loss of the season with a dominant victory over the Canberra Elite Cavalry. The 34-year-old pitched the first complete-game shutout of his ABL career, silencing the Cavalry over nine innings en route to a 2-0 Blue Sox win. Anderson struck out six batters, walked two, and allowed just four hits in the victory, improving to 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA through three outings.

Sydney won the first two games of their Round 3 series before falling in the final two. The Blue Sox are now 7-5 overall this season, one game back of the Bandits on the table. Anderson's award marks Sydney's second straight for a pitcher after teammate Markus Solbach claimed Round 2 honours.

The Sox travel to Victoria in Round 4 to clash with the Aces for four games at Melbourne Ballpark. The Bandits, too, hit the road. Brisbane venture to Norwood Oval to battle the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks.

Single-game tickets and season memberships are available for all six ABL clubs by visiting Tickets are also on sale now for the 2014 ABL All-Star Game, presented by Levi's, to be held at Melbourne Ballpark on 17 December. Visit for more information.