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Triumphant trio earn weekly honours
Hamburger, Honda, Dening named Rd4 Players of the Week
12/12/2016 9:52 AM ET
Mark Hamburger, Mitch Dening, and Keisuke Honda are the Round 4 honourees.
Mark Hamburger, Mitch Dening, and Keisuke Honda are the Round 4 honourees. (SMP Images / ABL Media)

SYDNEY, NSW -- Two teams claimed series wins in Round 4, led to victory by noteworthy performances from some of the Australian Baseball League's best players. Melbourne's Mark Hamburger and Keisuke Honda, along with Adelaide's Mitch Dening, are the Delta Air Lines Players of the Week for Round 4.

Hamburger (3-0, 1.00) started the series opener against Canberra, tossing eight innings of four-hit, one-run baseball. He struck out 12 batters for the second consecutive start, and walked just two as the Aces won 5-1. Honda (3-0, 1.46) followed Hamburger's outing with an equally dominant start in the first game of a doubleheader the next day. The 23-year-old Japanese righty tossed a complete-game shutout in seven innings, allowing one hit and walking one batter while striking out five in Melbourne's 3-0 win. 

Hamburger and Honda are tied for the league lead in wins (3), and rank first and third in strikeouts (34 and 21, respectively). In addition to posting the best record in the ABL so far (11-5), the Aces also lead the league in team ERA (2.71) and WHIP (1.16), and have walked the fewest batters (42 in 129.2 innings). 

Honourable mention: Heat starter Tom Bailey had one of the best outings of his ABL career on Saturday, striking out double digits for the first time and leading Perth to their only win of the series.

On the offensive side of the game, Adelaide's Dening played a big role in the Bite's crucial series win in Perth. Dening hit .500 (7-for-14) in four games last weekend, slugging his second home run of the season and driving in three runs and walking twice. His best game came in the second game of the series, when he went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored in Adelaide's 8-2 win.

The 28-year-old Team Australia outfielder is hitting .300 with eight RBIs for an 8-8 Bite club that's tied for third place on the ladder. Adelaide also rank second in the league in batting average (.266), runs scored (79), stolen bases (20) and on base percentage (.352). 

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