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Anderson, Harris, Moon honoured
Trio of standouts named Players of the Week for Round 9
12/22/2015 1:19 AM ET
Craig Anderson, David Harris and Logan Moon are the Round 9 Delta Air Lines Players of the Week.
Craig Anderson, David Harris and Logan Moon are the Round 9 Delta Air Lines Players of the Week. (SMP Images / ABL Media)

SYDNEY - As the calendar turns to December, competition in the Australian Baseball League season always heats up in parallel with the Southern Hemisphere summer. That means Round 9 saw outstanding performances across the board, with Sydney's Craig Anderson, Canberra's David Harris and Melbourne's Logan Moon earning the Delta Air Lines Players of the Week.

Veteran southpaw Anderson (4-1, 4.50) tossed a complete-game shutout against the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces on 19 December, in the first of two between the Blue Sox and Aces that day. He allowed just three baserunners over the course of the seven-inning game and faced 22 batters, one above the minimum for seven complete innings. His last CGSO was last season, on 9 January, also against the Aces. With the win, the Blue Sox extended the club's season-high win streak to seven games, and the club continued a streak of ten-straight home victories. Despite the fact that the Blue Sox streak came to an end later that day, Sydney won the series 3-1 and sit in third place on the league ladder, half a game behind the second-place Bandits.

Meanwhile in Canberra, Harris earned his second weekly honour of the year, hitting .390 in four games as the first-place Cavalry split a homestand against Brisbane. He homered in the series opener, driving in one of Canberra's four runs as they fell 6-4. The Cavalry charged back in the next game of the series, beating Brisbane 11-8 in the first game of a doubleheader. Harris had a pair of hits and scored twice in the ballgame to boost the offensive effort. That night, he hit his second homer of the series in the nightcap of the doubleheader, cementing another strong weekend. The Toronto Blue Jays prospect continues to lead the league in hitting, with a .379 batting average in 32 games.

Though the Aces dropped three of four to the Blue Sox, Kansas City Royals prospect Moon had one of his best offensive weekends of the season, hitting .500 (8-for-16) over the course of the series. Four of Moon's eight hits were for extra bases, including two doubles and two triples. The 23-year-old from Blue Springs, Missouri has been the hottest hitter in the league over the past month, with a .409 average since 22 November. He's also raised his season batting average from .172 to .302 in that time frame, and currently ranks tied for thirteenth in the league in the category. Despite ranking last on the ladder, the Aces are the third-best hitting team in the ABL, in part because of Moon's offensive surge.

Tickets are still available for all series this weekend, which sees games played in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth from 26-29 December. Fans can get their seats online or by calling each respective home front office. Games will also be live streamed on ABLtv.com.  

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