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Rookie, veteran dominate for honours
Cone, de San Miguel win player of the week awards
01/19/2016 4:57 PM ET
Scott Cone and Allan de San Miguel are the Round 13 weekly award winners.
Scott Cone and Allan de San Miguel are the Round 13 weekly award winners. (SMP Images / ABL Media)

SYDNEY - The penultimate round of the 2015/16 Australian Baseball League season saw teams clinch two of the three open playoff spots, while two teams were mathematically knocked out of the competition for postseason baseball. Several players stood out throughout the round, with Canberra Elite Cavalry lefthander Scott Cone and Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat veteran Allan de San Miguel earning the Delta Air Lines Player of the Week awards for Round 13.

Cone (3-2, 4.93) had the best start of his young ABL career, going the distance in the Cavalry's series finale against the CompassMarkets.com Sydney Blue Sox. Cone allowed just one hit in the ballgame, a single to Tyler Bortnick in the third inning, and walked three while striking out one batter. He faced 31 batters in the game, just four above the minimum for a nine-inning ballgame. The 23-year-old lefty also induced 18 ground-ball outs, compared to five fly ball outs.

Cone's shutout was the Cavalry pitching staff's fifth of the season, and the first of his young ABL career. The award win for Cone also represents the sixth time a Canberra pitcher has been honoured this season, and the eleventh overall weekly award win for a Canberra player in 2015/16. The Cavalry secured their place in the ABL postseason last weekend, and sit in second place, three games behind the ladder-leading Bandits and one win away from completely clinching second place.

Out west, de San Miguel put together an impressive four games, despite the Heat's 1-3 series loss to the SA Power Networks Adelaide Bite. The 27-year-old backstop hit .375 (6-for-16) in four games, alternating between catcher and designated hitter. In a strangely impressive hitting feat, all six of his hits were doubles, and he also drove in five runs while scoring one. de San Miguel's five RBIs were tied for the most overall last weekend, and he drove in two of the Heat's four runs in their lone win of last weekend, a 4-2 victory over the Bite in the series finale.

Though Perth were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs last weekend, de San Miguel is having a career season for the four-time ABL champions. He's hitting .262 with 10 home runs, 14 doubles and 32 RBIS in 48 games this year. He ranks second in the league in home runs, reaching double digits in the category for the first time in his ABL career, and is also tied for fourth in the league in doubles and tied for sixth in RBIs.

The final round of the regular season begins this Thursday, 21 January, with games hosted in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online or by calling the respective team front offices. Games can be followed live on Gameday, ABLtv.com, and the Sunday series finale between Melbourne and Sydney will be broadcast live on ESPN Australia/New Zealand, Fox Sports Asia and MLB Network at 4:00pm AEDT.

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