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Brisbane Completes First ABL Season Series Sweep
The Brisbane Bandits make history with a season series sweep against the Sydney Blue Sox at Blacktown International Sports Park.
01/09/2018 2:06 AM ET
 

The Bandits opened the series with a 7-2 win on Thursday night after an explosive sixth inning and never looked back. Logan Wade hit a two run triple followed by an RBI from David Sutherland to ignite the offense in the sixth. Donald Lutz added to the score with a two run homerun in the seventh. Andrew Campbell tacked on a solo home run in the eighth to extend the Bandits lead by five and secure the win. Starting pitcher Ryan Bollinger was solid on the mound tossing six innings with six strikeouts and two earned runs. The bullpen dominated for three scoreless innings with efforts from Zac Treece, Matt Timms, and Rhys Niit to close out the game.

In the second game, the Bandits' steady offensive performance beat the Blue Sox 8-5. Ake put the Bandits on the board with a massive home run in the first inning. TJ Bennett hit a two run homer in the fourth, his eighth of the season. RBI's from Kenshi Sugiya, Lutz, Dutton, and Weisenburger in the fifth and sixth innings added insurance to the Bandits lead. Starting pitcher Travis Blackley got the win throwing seven innings with eight strikeouts, no walks, and one earned run.

The Bandits buried the Blue Sox in the third game of the series with an impressive 14-1 win. Lutz opened the floodgates with a three run home run in the fifth. Ake and Lutz both produced a four RBI game. The Bandits dominated the late innings, tallying twelve runs from the fifth inning on. Tim Atherton started and pitched well for the Bandits, allowing only one run over four innings. Justin Erasmus earned the win tossing three scoreless innings of relief.

History was made in the final game of the series, as the Bandits became the first team in ABL history to sweep a season series by beating the Blue Sox 13-5 on Sunday afternoon. The Bandits went down early after allowing four runs in the first. Homeruns from TJ Bennett and Andrew Campbell got the Bandits back in the game in the fourth and they never looked back. Adam Weisenburger added a homerun of his own in the seventh before Campbell hit his second homerun of the day in the ninth as the Bandits coasted to victory.

The Brisbane Bandits maintain first place in the ABL standings and will move on to the Melbourne Aces for a five game series at Holloway Field this weekend. Game one is scheduled for Thursday the 11th, first pitch at 6:30 pm. #BELI3VE

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