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Aces Exhibition Kicks Off New Season
Delmon Young World-Class Power with Multi-HR Effort
11/10/2017 5:15 AM ET

MELBOURNE, Australia - When the Aces announced that former MLB first overall pick would be joining the club, coaches and fans dreamed of a power bat in the middle of the lineup that could help ease the pain of Ronald Acuna's absence.

Young needed one swing to turn those dreams into reality.

The 10-year Major League veteran, who has belted 109 homers in his MLB career, crushed the first pitch he saw from Josh Tols over the left-field wall to give the visitors a quick 2-0 lead.

To the fans who wanted a taste of the new ABL season, they were treated to the melodious sound of Young's barrel colliding with the ball, generating unmistakable crack along with audible gasps of admiration.

In the fifth inning, though it wasn't on the first pitch, there was a déjà vu result with Young unloading another massive homer over the left-field wall. 

Young would finish the night with a trio of hits to cap off an impressive debut. However, the Aces hinted that this team may not be an offensive one-man show.

On a picture-perfect evening in Altona, the teams combined for an 11-run, 16-hit slugfest in which there were baserunners in every half inning outside of a one-two-three top bottom of the third. 

This exhibition had seemingly everything fans could ask for. There was explosive offense, stellar defense, and even some sparkling pitching performances.

Outside of the homerun allowed, reigning MVP Josh Tols looked very sharp earning a pair of punchouts with that signature curveball of his. Also, making his Aces debut was RHP Shunta Nakatsuka, who not only struck out Young but also recorded a scoreless fourth inning for the home side. 

Melbourne is trying to build off last-season's masterpiece where the Aces went 26-14 and finished atop the regular season standings by three games. The Aces came just shy of their first Claxton Shield when they were swept by the Brisbane Bandits in the championship series. 

Round one of the Aces 2017-2018 season begins November 17 when the Aces host the Perth Heat at Melbourne Park. First pitch of the season opener is scheduled for 7:30 PM. CLICK HERE to get your opening night tickets.

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