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Three standouts earn weekly honours
11/08/2015 8:02 PM ET

SYDNEY -- History was made and marathons were played in the third round of the 2015/16 Australian Baseball League season. For the first time this year, three baseballers earned the Delta Air Lines Players of the Week award for their outstanding performances in Round 3. Canberra's Brian Grening and Boss Moanaroa, along with Adelaide's Kyle Petty, are this week's award winners.

Grening takes home his second-straight ABL weekly award after tossing another complete-game shutout in his start last Friday night against the CompassMarkets.com Sydney Blue Sox. The 30-year-old righthander allowed two hits and struck out eight batters while walking one. He also faced just 29 batters in the win, two above the minimum for a nine-inning game. With the win, Grening is now 3-0 with a 0.37 ERA on the season, with 18 strikeouts in 24.1 innings pitched. He's held opposing hitters to a .165 batting average while leading the league in wins.

As Grening got Canberra's series started on a high note with his dominant outing in the opener, Moanaroa led the Cavalry offence all weekend by hitting .563 (9-for-16) with two home runs and 13 RBIs. He homered and drove in three runs in the first game of the series, and went 2-for-3 in the first game of the next day's doubleheader. Moanaroa shone in the doubleheader's nightcap, driving in six runs and hitting a grand slam in the fourth inning as the Cavalry won 14-3. He capped off the series with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate in the finale, and currently leads the league with 16 RBIs.

Boosted by Grening's shutout and Moanaroa's hitting, the Calvary (9-3) won the club's third-straight series and remain in first place on the ABL ladder. Canberra travel to Brisbane in Round 4 for four games against the Bandits. 

In South Australia, the Bite played at home for the first time in the 2015/16 season and won the team's first series of the season, beating the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces 3-1. Petty hit .529 (9-for-17) and smashed three home runs while driving in nine runs in the four-game series.

The 24-year-old Seattle Mariners prospect homered and drove in two in the the Bite's home-opening win in the first game of the series. The next night, Petty kept Adelaide in the game as the Bite played a five-hour, 15-inning marathon contest against the Aces. Though the Bite eventually lost the game, Petty smashed a game-tying two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to keep his team alive. He concluded the series by going a combined 5-for-9 with five RBIs as the Bite swept a doubleheader and wrapped up the series win.

Petty currently leads the league in hits (20), home runs (5), total bases (39) and slugging percentage (.780). Adelaide (4-8) are tied with Melbourne for last place on the ABL ladder, and travel to Sydney for a four-game series against the Blue Sox this weekend.

Tickets are still available for all series in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney this weekend and can be purchased online or by calling the clubs' respective offices. Games this weekend will also be streamed live on ABLtv.com.



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