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Deglan, Saupold take Rd. 10 honours
01/06/2015 10:38 PM ET

SYDNEY, 7 January - Club and league records fell and playoff hopes stayed alive in an exciting round of ABL baseball last weekend. Hitters dominated as 55 baseballs flew over fences across the league. Amidst all the slugging, pitchers also put together dominant performances to keep the playoff races close with just three weeks remaining in the regular season. For their standout performances and for leading their respective clubs to important victories, young slugger Kellin Deglan of the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces and right-handed starter Warwick Saupold of the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat earned the Delta Air Lines Players of the Week awards for Round 10.

After struggling in the ABL cellar for the majority of the season, the Aces showed up strong in their Round 10 series against the Canberra Elite Cavalry, splitting the series as excited eyes zeroed in on Deglan and his pursuit of the modern-era ABL single-season home run record. Entering the series four home runs away from tying the record, the Texas Rangers prospect smacked two solo home runs in the Aces' series-opening win, and added another in the second game of the series to bring him one longball away from tying the record.

Deliver Deglan did in the series' third game, homering once in the fourth inning to tie the record and once more in the seventh inning to make history his own. Overall, Deglan hit .500 with five home runs and eight RBIs in 14 at bats over the weekend, earning his second Player of the Week award this season after taking home the honour in Round 4. He looks to extend the home run record this weekend as Melbourne heads to Sydney for a four-game series against the Blue Sox.

Meanwhile in Brisbane, the third-place Heat faced an important series against the second-place Brisbane Bandits, proudly presented by Welldog. After dropping the first two games of the series, Perth regrouped to take the final two games and earn the split, beating the Bandits 4-3 in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday, 3 January and blasting Brisbane out of the water in the Sunday series finale, winning 9-3.

The turning point of that series came in the third game, when the Heat squeezed by the Bandits behind a dominant start by Saupold. The Perth native tossed five shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out three batters while walking just one. The Heat remain in prime playoff position, still sitting in third place as they head home to take on the first-place Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, in Round 11.

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