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Wade joins repeat winner Ekstrom for Rd. 4 awards
11/25/2013 9:31 PM ET

SYDNEY - The outstanding individual performances by Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat pitcher Mike Ekstrom and Brisbane Bandits infielder Logan Wade have earned them Round 4 Pitcher and Player of the Week honours. Each of these players have gotten off to blistering hot starts to the 2013/2014 season and continued those rolls in Round Four.

Ekstrom has been simply brilliant since coming down under to play in the Australian Baseball League brought to you by Be the Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking. The former major leaguer built upon his success at the Asia Series, where he became the first ABL pitcher to record a victory, and simply dominated ABL competition in Round Four.

Although his team ultimately came up short, Ekstrom was not to blame for their loss to the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces in his Sunday start. The right-hander threw eight innings of shutout ball on Sunday in which he allowed just four hits and no walks. He also recorded seven strikeouts, giving him 25 on the season, good for the league lead. Along with strikeouts, Ekstrom also leads the league in innings pitched, ERA, and WHIP. Unfortunately for Ekstrom, his spectacular performance was squandered in Round 4 as the Heat bullpen allowed five runs in the ninth inning to drop their finale to Melbourne. Ekstrom and the Heat head to Sydney this weekend to take on the Blue Sox.

Although his Brisbane Bandits managed to win just one of four games this round, infielder Wade turned in a spectacular performance. In 14 at bats, Wade recorded six hits and four runs batted in. The Minnesota Twins prospect, currently third in the league with a .378 batting average, recorded multiple hits in three out of the four games this round.

Wade's most productive game came in the Bandits' series finale, their sole win of the round. Sunday at Canberra, Wade went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Wade looks to continue his hot streak in Round 5 as Brisbane prepare to host the Adelaide Bite proudly presented by SA Power Networks.

For the first time since Round 1, all six teams are scheduled to play this week in Round 4. Action gets underway on Thursday night from 7:00 pm ACDT with Brisbane and Adelaide facing off at Norwood Oval. The other two matchups of Round 5 include Canberra traveling to Melbourne Ballpark to take on the Aces and Sydney hosting Perth at Blue Sox Stadium.



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