For the first time in the history of the new ABL, the JetCouriers Melbourne Aces will host the ABL Championship Series after an Adelaide Bite loss on Thursday saw them claim the minor premiership.
The Aces have been nothing short of spectacular this season, currently sitting at a 24-12 record, and have consistently dominated teams this season.
After losing three games in Adelaide in round two of the season, Melbourne lost only two games in the month of December, as they have set the pace for the Australian Baseball League all season.
Some outstanding performers for the Aces this season include Mark Hamburger, ex-MLB player and the number one guy in the Aces' rotation.
Hamburger is the first pitcher to claim five wins this season, has an incredible ERA (runs conceded per nine innings) of 1.97. Hamburger also leads the ABL in strikeouts (84), with the second best mark sitting at 56, 28 strikeouts behind Hamburger.
With bat in hand, outfielder Roman Collins has been as consistent as they get, with a batting average of .338 (4th in league) to go with his 20 RBI and 45 hits (2nd in league). Collins was a fifth round draft pick in 2015, and played for the Kansas City Royals Class-A Affiliate in 2016.
The Aces have had a revival of sorts in the ABL, as they have finished last in three of the last four seasons, with their last playoff appearance coming in season 2011/12.
The Aces' opponent in the ABL Championship Series is yet to be determined, with 10 remaining in the regular season. The teams that finish second and third will play-off in a three game series for the right to head to Melbourne and take on the Aces for the 2016/17 Claxton Shield.