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Simpler gem guides Bandits to win
Simpler strikes out nine in seven one-run innings
12/23/2018 12:44 AM ET
Ryan Simpler allowed on run in seven innings (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Ryan Simpler allowed on run in seven innings (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Brisbane jumped out to an early lead and did not look back behind an impressive debut from starter Ryan Simpler as they downed Melbourne 7-1 in their Brut Australian Baseball League series finale on Sunday afternoon.

The Bandits completed a sweep of their Sunday doubleheader with the Aces at Melbourne Ballpark and leave Victoria with a 3-1 series victory.

Brisbane piled piled on five runs in the second inning and knocked Meloburne starter starter Jack Enciondo out of the game after just 1 2/3 innings of work.

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Enciondo could not find his command and was punished by the reigning champions.

He allowed five runs, six hits and two walks in what was a forgettable performance.

Simpler, on the otherhand, tossed seven outstanding frames in one of the best pitching performances across the ABL this weekend.

He allowed just one run on three hits and a walk and recorded nine strikeouts.

Scoring was limited across the board following the strong second inning before both sides added a run in the sixth.

Brisbane added to Melbourne's misery in the final frame as Donald Lutz (2-for-5) went yard as the Bandits cruised to the big win in the series final.

Daniel De La Celle starred at the plate for the visitors going 3-for-3 with a home run while T.J. Bennett continued his strong day going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

Cameron McVey threw one scoreless frame before Matt Timms came in to close out the Bandits win.

Pete Gehle worked 4 1/3 innings in relief for the Aces, striking out two and allowing one run.

Darryl George went 2-for-4 in a dour offensive performance by Melbourne.

Brisbane travel to face North-East Division leaders Sydney from Thursday, while Melbourne will head down the coast and battle local rivals Geelong-Korea on the same night.

 

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