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Bite v Blue Sox: Time for redemption
Adelaide looks to finish the season on a high
01/24/2018 7:12 PM ET
Chang Tai-Shan is set to hang up the gloves after the final series against Sydney.
Chang Tai-Shan is set to hang up the gloves after the final series against Sydney. (Ryan Schembri/SMP Images/ABL Media)

While the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, cannot reach the playoffs, a young team on the diamond in Round 10 does not mean Chris Adamson is pushing aside chances to win.

The 2017/18 season started off with Sydney securing a sweep at home and now Adelaide is looking for redemption as the Blue Sox bring their playoff hopes for four games over three days.

Adamson continues to make changes with the side, rewarding some of the best Under-18 talent in the nation, and we could see potential debuts to Brodie Arriola, Sean Maple and Griffin Weber - Arriola the youngest having been born on July 11, 2001.

ROSTER
Pitching: Brebner-Russ, Chambers, Hampton, Hutchings, Koura, Mosel, O'Loughlin, Powell, van Mil, Williams, Duncan*, Knuckey*, McKee*
Hitting: Ayarza, Brown, Chang, Chen, Clavell, Hoschke, Lohr, McArdle, Mead, Nooij, Roeger, van der Linden, Arriola*, Maple*, Weber*             *Development Players

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Finishing with a bang

It's always tough saying farewell to players in the ABL world. From the first day the imports arrive, it feels like they are gone in a flash. For Chang Tai-Shan, his farewell is potentially the biggest. The 41-year-old Taiwanese superstar is unlikely to play again after this season (although his form is still great) and as a 20+ year career comes to an end, it is an unlikely place to say goodbye.

Adelaide never would have expected to sign the CPBL home run record leader, and with 2000+ hits, Chang's quality is truly world class. The best part is he's out there having fun while having an impact. For all the hitters who will likely say goodbye as well - Ayarza, Lohr & Chen - some freedom in their play would really bring fans to their feet.

Look out for Lohr who is hitting .447 over his past 10 games, while his unlikely bash brother could be local teen, Mead, who's hitting .417 for the season (16 games).

Big, bad Blue Sox?

Sydney's season has been another 'what could have been' campaign. The Blue Sox have the pieces they need to succeed, but much like the Bite they could not put them together.

Chiang Chih-Hsien brings an imposing presence to the plate and with a .391 average the 29-year-old is easily one of the league's best from the season. Local staples, Trent D'Antonio and Jacob Younis, also bring power but their hot bats have gone cold; against Canberra last round they combined to go 2-for-30 with four walks.

The biggest difference between the two clubs will be the experience with Sydney's home-grown products in their prime while Adelaide's are just filtering through the ranks now. If one team is on the rise, then where are the Blue Sox heading?

Newest faces bring power

Arriola, Maple and Weber are the three newest members of the Bite and while the Development Players may or may not take to the field for an extended run, they bring hot form from the Under-18s. Arriola, who cracked Port Adelaide's Division 1 side last SABL season, hit .297 while Maple (Kensington) hit a staggering .412, and Weber (West Torrens) .265.

Out of the three, Arriola is arguably the most complete and has a lot of similarities to Mead, while Maple looks ready to go with the bat. Their best opportunity for some game time with be on Saturday's doubleheader as the temperature soars to 42.

Who wins?

In a perfect world a sweep for the Bite will bring them level with Sydney and bring some joy to a difficult season. This has been an unpredictable season, though, with high scores across the country and on any given day it's impossible to predict how a starter will go. The good news is Adelaide knows how to play as a team.

Adelaide 3-1.

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