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All-Stars Grening, Hoskins earn weekly honours
12/08/2015 5:27 AM ET
Brian Grening and Rhys Hoskins are the Round 7 Delta Air Lines Players of the Week.
Brian Grening and Rhys Hoskins are the Round 7 Delta Air Lines Players of the Week. (SMP Images / ABL Media)

SYDNEY - The 2015 Australian Baseball League All-Star Game Presented by Boral is just over one week away, and a pair of players who will take the field for the World All-Stars next week are the Round 7 Delta Air Lines Players of the Week.

This week's honours go to Canberra Elite Cavalry starting pitcher Brian Grening and CompassMarkets.com Sydney Blue Sox first baseman Rhys Hoskins. The pair won side-by-side earlier in the season in Round 2.

Canberra cemented its spot at the top of the ABL ladder with a 3-1 series win in Perth last weekend. Veteran right-hander Grening got the series started for the Cavalry on a strong note, tossing his third complete-game shutout of the season in the series opener on Thursday, 3 December. He struck out nine batters while walking just one, and allowed only three hits while facing 30 batters, three above the minimum for a nine-inning baseball game.

Grening previously threw complete-game shutouts on 30 October against the Aces and 6 November against the Blue Sox. The 30-year-old is having his best ABL season to date, with a 4-2 record and .245 ERA in eight games (seven starts). He is tied for second on the league wins leaderboard, and tied for second with 43 strikeouts.

The Blue Sox dropped a series to Adelaide in Round 7, but saw another strong performance at the plate from Philadelphia Phillies prospect Hoskins, who hit .476 (10-for-21) with two home runs and eight RBIs in five games. He led all ABL batters with 10 hits over the weekend, and raised his overall season batting average from .276 at the start of the series to .315 by the final out of the series finale.

Hoskins' two best appearances came in the fourth and fifth games of the series. In the Blue Sox 13-11 loss on Saturday night, he smashed a three-run home run in the eighth inning as Sydney tried to mount a late rally. The next day, the 22-year-old drove in four runs as the Sox salvaged the series finale with a 14-9 win.

The Blue Sox host the Cavalry this weekend for a four-game pre-All-Star series that begins on Friday 11 December. Tickets are still available for the series and can be purchased online or by calling the Sydney office at 02 9675 6872. Tickets for the All-Star Game can be purchased at theabl.com.au/asg15.

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