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Frawley and Thorpe named Delta Players of the Week
12/08/2013 11:01 PM ET

SYDNEY - After a thrilling weekend of baseball full of star studded performances, infielder/outfielder Casey Frawley of the Canberra Cavalry and Melbourne Aces lefty Lewis Thorpe have been rewarded as the Delta Air Lines Player and Pitcher of the Week for Round 6. Frawley, the league's Round 5 Player of the Week, is currently the hottest hitter in the Australian Baseball League brought to you by Be the Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking. Thorpe is pitching on the hottest team in the league as the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces are winners of their last four games.

After raising his batting average to a league best .421, Frawley joins Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat pitcher Mike Ekstrom as the only players to win multiple weekly awards this season. The Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, shortstop had another monster week as he went 8-from-16 at the plate (.500) with two doubles, a home run, two stolen bases, six runs scored and five runs batted in. Frawley played a huge role in each of Canberra's two wins this weekend highlighted by a spectacular game in the series opener. In Thursday's game against Sydney, Frawley went 4-5, with two doubles and three RBI. 

Frawley is in position to make league history by capturing the triple crown by leading the league in the three major batting categories. He is currently first in batting average (.421) and RBI (18) and his four home runs are just one shy of the lead league. Last season, Canberra's Adam Buschini became the league's first-ever triple crown winner.

On the mound, Thorpe pitched a gem on Thursday night, surrendering just one hit to the Adelaide Bite proudly presented by SA Power Networks. On the night, Thorpe threw seven innings of shutout ball while striking out eight batters and walking none. The Minnesota Twins prospect and Melbourne-born lefty has been one of the most reliable pitchers in the league this season as he has allowed only three earned runs and four walks through his three starts this year. In fact, Thorpe's 1.72 ERA is second best amongst starting pitchers this year.

In Round 7, Thorpe and the Aces hit the road to Brisbane to take on the Bandits, winners of two straight. Frawley and the Cavalry travel to Perth for a 2013 ABL Championship Series rematch with the Heat.



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