The stage is set for the 2017 South Australian Baseball League Division 1 Grand Final.
From March 24 to 26, the West Torrens Eagles and the Port Adelaide Magpies will compete in a best-of-three championship series at Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex.
The Eagles and Magpies each slipped through to the Grand Final by winning dramatic Game 3s late Sunday afternoon.
The series begins on Friday March 24 at 7PM. Game 2 goes Saturday March 25 and 6PM. Game 3, if necessary, will be at 12PM on Sunday.
Bite players factored heavily into the weekend including stand out performances from Nathan Vanderlinden (West Torrens), Alex Carter (Port Adelaide), Jack O'Louglin (Port Adelaide), Jordan McArdle (West Torrens) and Arik Sikula (West Torrens).
Here is a quick recap of each preliminary final series.
#5 Goodwood Indians @ #4 West Torrens Eagles
Game 1: West Torrens 10, Goodwood 0
Import Arik Sikula, who pitched for the Bite this season, pitched a complete game shutout allowing just three hits over seven innings. Tori Williams led the way offensively for West Torrens by slugging 2HR and 6RBI in the win.
Game 2: Goodwood 14, West Torrens 6
Goodwood came back with a vengeance in Game 2. Former Bite infielder Jeremy Cresswell went 3-5 for the Indians with a home run and 5 RBI. Another former Bite star, Josh Cakebread, drove home three in the win.
Game 3: West Torrens 8, Goodwood 1
Bite player Nathan Vanderlinden pitched a gem allowing just one run and three hits over nine innings. He got major support with the offense. It was a balanced attack with eight different Eagles registering a hit. Jordan McArdle went 4-4 in the game.
WEST TORRENS WIN SERIES 2-1
#2 Port Adelaide Magpies @ #1 Kensington Cardinals
Game 1: Port Adelaide 8, Kensington 4
Bite catcher Alex Carter took a starring role going 3-5 with an RBI in an 8-4 win. Jack O'Loughlin took the win on the mound in a road victory for the Magpies.
Game 2: Kensington 9, Port Adelaide 5 (11 innings)
This was one of the wildest games of the season. Port Adelaide's Todd Langman did everything in his power to give Port Adelaide the win. He went 5-6 with three home runs.
But it wasn't enough. Down 5-2 in the seventh, Kensington rallied to tie it at five. In the 11th inning Scott Gladstone hit a walk off grand slam to force a deciding Game 3.
Game 3: Port Adelaide 13, Kensington 2
After the heartbreak of Game 2, Port Adelaide won Game 3 in style to advance to the Grand Final. Langman hit another home run on his first at bat. Three players had three hit games and pitcher Adam Grab scattered just two runs in a complete game.
PORT ADELAIDE WIN SERIES 2-1
The Best-of-Three Grand Final will be livestreamed on Spacequake Sports.