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New & old shine in trial games
Bite claims key wins in team performances
11/10/2017 6:53 PM ET
Angus Roeger collected the first home run of the 2017/18 campaign in our trial game doubleheader.
Angus Roeger collected the first home run of the 2017/18 campaign in our trial game doubleheader. (Ryan Schembri/SMP Images/ABL Media)

It was a successful night for the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, as new arrivals showed off their quality alongside regular Bite favourites.

Two wins ensured there is plenty for Manager Chris Adamson to think about over the next few days as he selects his opening roster for Sydney on November 17.

GAME 1: Adelaide Bite 14 - Emerging All Stars 1

Steven Chambers started the first game against the Emerging Bite Stars, with expected starter Max Beatty arriving three hours later on his flight to the city. Despite giving up an early run, Chambers tightened his pitching with crucial strikeouts during his three-inning start.

Chang Tai-Shan had the first hit of the game in the second with a quick base hit, before Texas Rangers prospect Isaias Quiroz smashed a two-run homer over left field in his first at-bat.

From there it was all Adelaide with Stephen Lohr (Rangers) and Jordan McArdle notching RBI doubles in the third inning while Angus Roeger announced his intentions to rake with a two-run homer. The score was 7-1 despite some good pitching by Jack O'Loughlin in the Emerging Stars.

Another new import in Rodrigo Ayarza (Astros) collected his first hit in Bite colours with a lead-off double in the fourth, and with Ky Hampton now pitching for the U18 side it was still a battle of Bite v Bite. 

Loaded bases put pressure on the 17-year-old and he could not stop the flow of runs that followed. Roeger, Tai-Shan and McArdle did the damage and soon had the Bite leading 11-1.

Karl Hoschke pushed the scoreline out further with a bouncing ground rule double which cleared the fence on a bounce but still brought home two.

Ultimately it was a 14-1 win with Chris Horne and Queenslander Ryan Duncan pitching in relief, the latter doing what he could to impress Manager Chris Adamson for a hopeful roster spot.

GAME 2: Adelaide Bite 5 - SABL All-Stars 2

A much tighter tussle followed as Chris Powell started against the SABL All-Stars, and the All-Stars drew first blood. Powell was impressive, though, bouncing back to only allow three hits in three innings, striking out four.

One of the biggest positives for Adelaide was the ability to grab extra bases. Six doubles were hit in the match, alongside five singles, with the top three trio of Darius Day, Lohr and Ayarza pumping four hits, three doubles and two RBIs.

There was plenty to admire about Tai-Shan as his bat continued to run hot with the 40-year-old running a late double deep into left field, while Hoschke and McArdle provided some tail end firepower which ultimately helped the Bite overcome a 2-1 scoreline in the sixth inning.

Tai-Shan led the way with his double, before being relieved by a pinch-runner, and a walk for McArdle put the pressure on the All-Stars.

An RBI double to Hoschke had the scores tied at 2-2 before McArdle came home off the bat of Connar O'Gorman and batting in the rare position of 10th - with Adamson looking to rotate more hitters through - catcher Bas Nooij made it 4-2 with a swing of his bat.

Nooij was superb all game with two runs from two hits, scoring the sealer on Day's double.

On the mound Mitch Patito and Tyler Chappell proved their worth with quality cameos, with Chappell earning the win for Adelaide.

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