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Kent, Leblebijian honoured again
11/24/2015 5:45 AM ET

SYDNEY -- Earning the Australian Baseball League's weekly awards last round didn't slow down the Canberra Elite Cavalry's Steven Kent and Jason Leblebijian. The pair continued to dominate on the diamond in Round 5, winning the Delta Air Lines Players of the Week for a second consecutive round.

Behind Kent and Leblebijian, the Cavalry (13-7) split four home games with Melbourne, and maintain a one-game lead atop the ABL ladder.

After tossing a complete-game shutout and striking out 13 batters in Round 4, outhpaw Kent came out firing against the Aces in the third game of the series on 21 November. In 8.2 innings pitched, the 26-year-old allowed two runs on four hits and struck out six while walking just three. Two of Melbourne's four hits against Kent came in the ninth inning, and the only blemish on the outing was Brad Harman's two-run home run with two outs in the final frame. 

Nevertheless, Kent improved his record to 3-0 in five starts on the season. He ranks fourth in the league among starters with a 2.12 ERA, and also has the third-most strikeouts in the ABL this season (29). 

In support of Kent and the pitching staff, Toronto Blue Jays prospect Leblebijian once led the Cavalry offence, hitting .500 (7-for-14) with two doubles, one home run and nine RBIs over four games last weekend. In the series opener, he went 2-for-4 with five RBIs and smashed a three-run home run as the Cavalry won 10-4. The next night, Leblebijian came out swinging, going a perfect 3-for-3 and driving in two runs a close loss. In the series' third game, the night of Kent's gem, the 24-year-old supported his starter's effort with two RBIs and two runs scored, and picked up a hit the next day in the series finale. 

The middle infielder is now hitting .377 in 19 games on the season. He leads the league in RBIs (26), and is tied for second in home runs (4) and third in slugging percentage (.623). 

Canberra's two-week homestand continues this weekend as the Cavalry host the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, for four games at The Fort at MIT Ballpark.

The sixth round of the 2015/16 ABL season kicks off on Thursday, 26 November, with games hosted in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online or by calling each home club's respective ticketing office. Games can also be tracked on ABLtv.com.



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