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Clash in Melbourne gives rise to Round 10 honourees
01/06/2014 10:53 PM ET

SYDNEY - After phenomenal individual performances which helped to keep their respective teams in playoff contention, Joe Burns of the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces and Tim Kennelly of the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat have been honoured as the Round 10 Delta Air Lines Pitcher Player of the Week for Round 10.

Kennelly's huge start to the new calendar year helped the Heat remain atop the standings of the Australian Baseball League brought to you by Be the Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking. In Perth's four game series against Melbourne, Kennelly hit for an astonishing average of .588 with 10 hits from 17 at bats, a double, three home runs, six runs batted in and seven runs scored. The designated hitter totaled 20 bases on the weekend. Kennelly's best game came on Saturday when he went 3-6 from the plate with two home runs and a double while driving in five runs.

After his incredible Round 10 performance, Kennelly finds himself near the league lead for both batting average and slugging percentage. The 2011/12 ABL Most Valuable Player is hitting .348, second-best in the league, while he is sixth in the league in slugging at .506. Kennelly, playing in his fourth season for the Heat, will be a crucial aspect to Perth's playoff run with his valuable veteran presence at the plate.

The only player who was capable of slowing down Kennelly this past weekend was Melbourne's Burns who pitched a brilliant game on Friday against Perth. Burns, who has been Melbourne's top pitcher all season, had his best start of the year in Round 10.

The Texas Rangers prospect and ABL first-overall draft selection picked up the win Friday night after throwing eight innings in which he struck out six batters and allowed just two hits, one earned run and not a single walk. Burns had a perfect game going into the seventh inning until Tucker Nathans reached base on an error and kept his no hitter into the eighth inning before Brandon Tripp's leadoff home run. Burns was still able to get out of the inning and pick up the win. On the year, the southpaw is 5-1 with 2.55 ERA. His five wins are tied for best in the league.

Burns and Kennelly will both look to keep their teams towards the top of the league standings next week. Burns and the Aces will hit the road to take on the Adelaide Bite proudly presented by SA Power Networks while Kennelly and the Heat will be hosting the Brisbane Bandits.



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