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League leaders boast Rd. 7 honourees
Bite's Coombs, Bandits' Goetzman earn Delta weekly awards
12/16/2014 12:30 AM ET
Coombs (left) and Goetzman each earned their first weekly awards of the season.
Coombs (left) and Goetzman each earned their first weekly awards of the season. (SMP Images/ABL Media)

SYDNEY, 16 December - As the 2014/15 Australian Baseball League season hits its midway point, the league's top two sides boast Round 7's Delta Air Lines Player of the Week honourees. Pitcher Morgan Coombs of the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, and outfielder Granden Goetzman of the Brisbane Bandits, proudly presented by WellDog, have captured the league's latest awards.

Right-hander Coombs continued a dominant stretch of his ABL season with a victory over Sydney on 13 December at Blue Sox Stadium. The Bite starter went eight shutout innings, allowing only three hits and striking out eight batters while walking just one. Coombs has now turned in scoreless efforts in three of his last four outings and has thrown 15 straight shutout innings spanning his last two starts. The 26-year-old lowered his ERA to 2.62 with his Round 7 win, the fifth-best mark in the league.

The Bite captured wins in the first three games of their Round 7 series versus the Blue Sox, narrowly missing out on a sweep due to Sydney's walk-off win in the Sunday finale. Adelaide exited Round 7 at 15-9, their best start in franchise history and the league's top record through seven rounds.

Tampa Bay Rays import Goetzman posted a breakout series in Round 7. Brisbane's outfielder batted .400 (8-from-20) with three doubles, a home run, three runs scored, and five runs batted in in his team's series split at Perth. Goetzman also swiped two bases to move into a tie for third place on the ABL leaderboard with eight stolen bases. Over the course of a five-game hitting streak, which includes his Round 7 surge, Goetzman has lifted his batting average from .206 to .261.

Brisbane's split kept them in the top half of the league standings while pursuing their first ABL Postseason berth. While the Bandits slipped a game behind Adelaide, they remain two games ahead of both Canberra and Sydney, who are tied in third place.

The league's top four teams will clash in Round 8, following this week's ABL All-Star Game, presented by Levi's. Adelaide return home to Norwood Oval to host Sydney in a rematch of Round 7 while Brisbane welcome Canberra to AFA Stadium at Holloway Field.

Single-game tickets and season memberships are on sale for all ABL games and teams by visiting www.TheABL.com.au/tickets.

Tyler Maun is the ABL's staff writer and a contributor to MiLB.com, the Official Site of Minor League Baseball. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.