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RECAP: SABL Div 1 Finals - Round 1
03/12/2018 8:09 PM ET

(photo: Robert Laidlaw, Our Sporting Life)

The first round of the SABL playoffs finished over the weekend and there was no shortage of drama. The top six teams clashed on a weekend of wild baseball with the three winners and the highest seeded loser advancing to this weekend's preliminary finals.

If you're looking for some detailed recaps of the series, make sure you read Robert Laidlaw's reviews at the Our Sporting Life Facebook page. 

If you're looking for the short summaries of them all, check them out below.

#1 West Torrens Eagles vs #6 Glenelg Tigers (WT wins 2-0)

Game 1: West Torrens 15, Glenelg 9

In a heated and tense affair, the Eagles bats took flight despite trailing 5-2 in the fourth and 8-4 in the fifth. 18 hits and 15 runs was too much for the Tigers to handle. Six Eagles players had a multi hit game including Tyrone Hambly and Dan turner who each had four. 

Joel Chapman, who has been excellent all year for the Eagles, had another gem out of the bullpen. He pitched 4 innings and allowed just one run to hold off the Tigers.

Max Brown starred for the Tigers with another multi-hit game. 

Game 2: West Torrens 15, Glenelg 9

On Sunday morning West Torrens poured it on early to take the Tigers out of the game. It looked like there was hope for the Tigers when Max Brown launched a solo shot to start the game, but the Eagles responded with eight runs in the bottom of the first off Team Australia pitcher Matthew Williams.

Once again the Eagles were too much to handle with consistent batting from top to bottom. Six players had multi hit games. They were led by Curtis Mead and Tom Fiebig who each had 3 hits. Terrell Joyce had three RBI.

#2 Port Adelaide Magpies vs #5 Woodville Senators (PA wins 2-0)

Game 1: Port Adelaide 2, Woodville 1

It was a pitcher's duel for the ages between reigning Capps-medalist Dylan Brammer (Port) and returning American Gary Owens (Woodville). 

Both pitcher's kept opposing offenses in check for the duration of the game. The scores was deadlocked at one apiece heading into the bottom of the eighth when Port scored a single to go up for good. 

Game 2: Port Adelaide 2, Woodville 1

The high-flying bats of Woodville were once again slowed down by another fine pitching performance by Port Adelaide. This time it came from the hand of Adam Crabb who has a knack of pitching the big game.

Woodville got up early and it was a see-saw affair with teams trading shots until the seventh inning. With the score tied at three and the bases loaded, player-manager Chris Sims stepped up with bases loaded and drove home a few runs to punctuate a five-run seventh.

They never looked back. 

The Magpies are off to the preliminary final for another year.

#3 Kensington Cardinals vs #4 Goodwood Indians (Kensington wins 2-1)

Game 1: Goodwood 11, Kensington 3

Goodwood used a six-run 2nd inning and a five-run 4th to score all their runs and run off to a big Game 1 victory. Import pitcher Tyler Thompson allowed just two runs over seven innings to help prevent Kensington from ever really getting in the ball-game.

Star players were Dennis Christiansen and former Bite stalwart Ben Wigmore who each collected three hits. Wigmore had a clutch grand slam in the fourth inning that helped slam the door shut.

Game 2: Kensington 13, Goodwood 8

So close yet so far for Goodwood who held a 5-1 lead in the sixth inning before Kensington piled on seven runs in the bottom of the frame.

Ben Onofrio started off the big sixth inning for the Cardinals with a two-run home run. He ended it with his second at-bat of the inning with a 2-RBI double to help pile up the pain.

Despite trailing 8-5 in the seventh, the Indians dug deep and managed to tie up the game. Stefan Welch highlighted the inning with a big two-out double to tie it.

But in the eighth inning Kensington dominated. Three straight hits from Ben Onofrio, Evan LeBlanc and Nick Talbot paced the offense and the Cardinals never looked back. 

Game 3: Kensington 6, Goodwood 1

On the backs of a wild Game 2 win, the Cardinals got going early in this one. In the first inning a string of hits, emphasised by a Nick Talbot RBI, put three early runs on the board for Kensington.

Nick Talbot and Ryan Murphy combined for seven innings of seven-hit, one run baseball to keep the Indians' bats in check in a game much tamer than the one that preceeded it. 


#4 Goodwood Indians @ #1 West Torrens Eagles

Goodwood were so close to defeating the Cardinals in round one but fell agonisingly short. Can they ride the power of a bunch of former Bite bats all the way to the Grand Final? Or will the Eagles get a shot at a repeat flag?

#3 Kensington Cardinals @ #2 Port Adelaide 

They were tied on the ladder in the regular season so not much separates these sides. Kensington swings the bat with the best of them but will they be tempered by Port Adelaide's strong starting pitching and pitcher-friendly home ground?

Stay tuned for our previews. 

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