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Veale, Bennett nab Round 10 honours
First career award for Perth and Brisbane standouts
12/30/2015 12:23 AM ET
Perth pitcher Nick Veale and Brisbane outfielder TJ Bennett are the Round 10 Players of the Week.
Perth pitcher Nick Veale and Brisbane outfielder TJ Bennett are the Round 10 Players of the Week. (SMP Images / ABL Media)

SYDNEY - As the calendar turns from 2015 to 2016, competition in the Australian Baseball League regular season intensifies. Several players had a great performances in Round 10 to lead their respective clubs to victory. Perth starting pitcher Nick Veale and Brisbane's TJ Bennett are the Delta Air Lines Players of the Week for Round 10.

Veale started the third game of the Heat's homestand against the Aces, and his outing was a turning point in the series for the home club, which lost the first two games of the series. With his team in an 0-2 series hole, Veale tossed 8-2/3 shutout innings, allowing five hits and walking two while striking out one batter. Behind the foundational backbone of Veale's stellar start and a home run off the bat of Anthony Caronia, the Heat won the ballgame 5-0 and went on to win the finale the next day and split the series.

The 22-year-old rookie from Victoria has been one of the brightest surprises in the Heat rotation this season, ranking third among Perth starters in ERA (3.88) and is tied for the team lead in wins (4). He also ranks third overall in strikeouts, with 27. Perth travel to Canberra this weekend for a four-game set against the Cavalry. Just like last week, Veale is due to start the third game of the series.

The Bandits are in sole possession of first place on the league ladder after sweeping the Sydney Blue Sox last weekend, due in part to the offensive showcase put on by World All-Star Bennett. The 23-year-old son of Bandits coach Jim Bennett hit .417 (5-for-12) with six runs scored and three extra base hits over the weekend. He dominated in the series opener, going 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBIs and two runs scored as Brisbane won 7-5 in comeback fashion. Bennett chipped in several hits and runs scored over the course of the next three games as the Bandits completed a four-game sweep of Sydney.

Overall, Bennett is hitting .407 with four home runs and eight RBIs in 27 at bats spanning 13 games this season. In addition to being a force at the plate, Bennett also flashed brilliance in the field, making a diving catch in the outfield in the third game of the series. The Bandits travel to Melbourne this weekend for four games against the Aces.

Tickets are still available for all series this weekend and can be purchased online or by calling the front offices in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. Games will also be streamed live on The series finale on Sunday, 3 January between Melbourne and Brisbane will be broadcast around the world on ESPN Australia / New Zealand and Fox Sports Asia

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