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Tols, Miller earn Round 11 honours
Lefty dominates in first start; catcher slugs four homers
01/04/2016 9:22 AM ET
Adelaide's Josh Tols and Canberra's Ryan Miller are the Round 11 Delta Air Lines Players of the Week.
Adelaide's Josh Tols and Canberra's Ryan Miller are the Round 11 Delta Air Lines Players of the Week. (SMP Images / ABL Media)

SYDNEY - With three weeks remaining in the 2015/16 Australian Baseball League regular season, all three playoff spots are still up for grabs for worthy contenders. SA Power Networks Adelaide Bite left-hander Josh Tols and Canberra Elite Cavalry catcher Ryan Miller are the Round 11 Delta Air Lines Players of the Week, thanks to outstanding performances that helped their respective clubs stay in the game.

Typically a reliever, Tols took the mound as the Bite's starting pitcher on New Year's Day and dominated in his first start of the season. The 26-year-old Adelaide native tossed six shutout innings and allowed one hit while striking out seven and walking none, leading the Bite to a 7-1 win and 2-0 series lead.

Overall, Tols is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in his second ABL season, after a superb rookie campaign last year in which he set a new league record for wins (9) and won both the Reliever of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards. Despite dropping the final three games of the series and falling to the Blue Sox 2-3, the Bite remain in contention for their second-straight playoff berth, sitting tied with Sydney for third place on the league ladder. After last week on the road, Adelaide host Melbourne this weekend for a four-game homestand.

Meanwhile in Canberra, San Diego Padres prospect Miller had a monster weekend at the plate, hitting .545 (6-for-11) with nine RBIs and five runs scored. Five of his hits were for extra bases, and four of those extra base hits left the ballpark for home runs. Miller also posted a .615 on base percentage and 1.727 slugging percentage, giving him an unreal 2.343 OPS for the weekend.

The 23-year-old California native began the series with New Year's Eve fireworks, going 3-for-5 with two home runs, six RBIs and three runs scored in the series opener. He walked once in the next game, and came out swinging again in the third game of the series with a 2-for-3 day at the plate while slugging his third home run of the series. Miller then finished the set on a high note, mashing his fourth home run of the weekend in the finale while enjoying a 1-for-3 day at the dish. He's hitting .298 on the year, with six home runs and ranks tied for seventh in the league with 29 RBIs. The Cavalry travel to Perth this weekend for their second straight series against the Heat.

This weekend's Round 12 matchups commence Thursday, 7 January, with games hosted in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online or by calling the respective team front offices. Games will also be streamed live on ABLtv.com.

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