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Hoskins, Grening soar to Rd. 2 awards
Canberra vet goes the distance; Sydney 1B hits walk-off
11/01/2015 11:25 PM ET
Brian Grening and Rhys Hoskins are the Round 3 Delta Air Lines Players of the Week.
Brian Grening and Rhys Hoskins are the Round 3 Delta Air Lines Players of the Week. (SMP Images / ABL Media)

SYDNEY -- Series sweeps, walk-off wins and daring defensive plays highlighted the second round of play in the 2015/16 Australian Baseball League season. Two players dominated above the rest, and for their outstanding performances last week Canberra Elite Cavalry right-hander Brian Grening and Sydney Blue Sox first baseman Rhys Hoskins are the Delta Air Lines Players of the Week for Round 2.

The Cavalry won their second-straight series in the season's second round, led by a dominant start by Grening that kickstarted the series. The five-year veteran tossed a complete-game shutout on 30 October, allowing just five hits and facing 33 batters, six above the minimum for a nine-inning game. He also walked one while striking out five batters to win his second game of the season. Grening leads the league in wins (2) and all starting pitchers in ERA (0.59).

For Grening, the award marks his first ABL weekly award and the second time in two rounds this season that a member of the Cavalry took home the league's weekly honours, after outfielder David Harris won the player award in Round 1. Canberra (6-2) remain in first place on the ABL ladder.

Meanwhile in Blacktown, the big bat of Philadelphia Phillies prospect Hoskins led the Blue Sox to a series split against the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat. After dropping the first game of the series, Hoskins led the Sydneysiders to a doubleheader sweep on Halloween. He mashed a massive three-run home run in the first game of the day, giving Sydney a 3-0 lead that later proved to be the game-winning runs. Hoskins was the hero once again in the nightcap, smashing a walk-off double in the tenth inning to one of the deepest parts of the ballpark that the Perth centrefielder could only half-heartedly chase.

Hoskins is hitting .267 on the season with one home run and seven RBIs. He sits tied for third on the ABL leaderboard in the latter category, and is also tied for the league lead in doubles with six. The Blue Sox (4-4) have sole possession of third place on the ABL ladder.

The Blue Sox and Cavalry face off this weekend at The Fort at MIT Ballpark in the first installment of the Hume Highway Cup rivalry between Sydney and Canberra. Tickets are still available for this weekend's Round 3 action in Adelaide, Canberra and Perth, either online or by calling the team ticket offices. Games will also be streamed live on

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