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Fukukura, Perkins win Round 8 Delta awards
Power and pitching carry winners in first honours of year
12/24/2014 6:56 PM ET
Right-hander Fukukura (L) and catcher Perkins earned Round 8 Player of the Week awards.
Right-hander Fukukura (L) and catcher Perkins earned Round 8 Player of the Week awards. (SMP Images/ABL Media)

SYDNEY, 25 December - With the holiday season upon us, two players receive an extra-special gift this year, in the form of the Delta Air Lines Player of the Week awards. Catcher Robbie Perkins of the Canberra Elite Cavalry and pitcher Kentaro Fukukura of the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces are the honourees for Round 8.

Last weekend, Perkins was a force behind the plate for the Cavalry, who split their series against the Brisbane Bandits, proudly presented by Welldog. The young Canberra native hit .429 in the four-game series, with three home runs and six runs batted in. Those three longballs were his first three of the season, and he now ranks tied for second on the Cavalry in that category. Perkins' display of power also allowed him to lead the league in slugging percentage over the weekend, and bumped his season batting average up to .316.

The Cavalry return home for Round 9, taking the field for a challenge anew against the ladder-leading Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, for a four-game set beginning with a doubleheader this Saturday, 27 Dec.

Meanwhile in Melbourne, Aces righty Fukukura dominated the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat in his start on 19 December. The Japanese All-Star tossed seven innings of shutout baseball, allowing just two hits and striking out three batters while also walking three as Melbourne dominated Perth in a 9-0 victory. 

In four starts in the 2014/15 season, Fukukura now has a 1-1 record and microscopic 0.96 ERA, with 12 strikeouts in 18-2/3 innings pitched. The Aces face the Heat again in Round 9, traveling westward to Perth for a four-game series beginning Saturday, 27 December. 

Tickets are still available for all Round 9 games, and can be purchased online at TheABL.com.au/tickets

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