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Harris, Williams nab Round 1 Delta awards
Adelaide righty, Canberra outfielder take first weekly honours
10/26/2015 2:59 AM ET
 

SYDNEY -- The first round of the 2015/16 Australian Baseball League season is in the books and saw an exciting combination of dazzling defence, overpowering offence and dominant pitching. Players put up outstanding numbers across the league, with Canberra outfielder David Harris and Adelaide pitcher Matt Williams earning the season's first Delta Air Lines Players of the Week awards. 

Harris wins the award for the first time; for Williams, it's his third career weekly award, after earning the honour in Round 12 of the 2013/14 season and Round 11 of the 2012/13 campaign.

Toronto Blue Jays prospect Harris got his ABL career off to a promising start, currently leading the league in both hits (9) and batting average (.563). After going 1-for-4 in the season opener, the 24-year-old went a combined 6-for-9 with six RBIs in Canberra's Saturday doubleheader. Leadoff batters typically aren't know for their power, but four of Harris' RBIs came on a towering grand slam in the DH's first game. 

Led by Harris' hot bat at the top of the lineup, the Cavalry bested the Brisbane Bandits, proudly presented by WellDog, 3-1 in the four-game homestand and currently sit tied with Perth for the top spot on the ABL ladder. The Cavalry take their charge to Melbourne this weekend for a four-game set against the Aces.

Out west, veteran pitcher Williams got the starting nod in the Bite's Sunday series finale against reigning ABL champions the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat. With a series split on the line, the 28-year-old bearded hurler went seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit and facing 23 batters, two above the minimum for seven innings. He also struck out four and walked two, meaning that just three members of the Heat starting nine reached base with Williams on the mound.

Despite Williams' strong season debut, the Bite eventually lost the game in extra innings. After one run through team rotations, Williams leads league starting pitchers with a measly 0.43 WHIP and hitters have an .048 batting average against him. Adelaide travel to Brisbane this weekend for a four-game set against the Bandits.

Round 2 of the 2015/16 ABL season kicks off this Thursday, 29 October. Tickets are still available for all games and can be purchased here. This weekend's matches will also be streamed live on ABLtv.com.

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