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Tarzan grand slam seals series win
Taiwanese veteran helps Bite to 8-1 victory
01/27/2018 4:09 AM ET
A grand slam to Chang Tai-Shan has sealed the deal in what might be his last ever at-bat.
A grand slam to Chang Tai-Shan has sealed the deal in what might be his last ever at-bat. (Ryan Schembri/SMP Images/ABL Media)

Arguably it's been a work in progress all season and finally the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, claimed a 3-1 series win to cap off a tough season. 

The 8-1 victory was the third straight in a hot finish against Sydney, with highlights from Angus Roeger, Chang Tai-Shan and Ryo Koura. 

Here's three takeaways to end our season.

Finding something to smile about

A season with a losing record is tough, especially when series wins are extremely hard to secure. This season will be remembered in some ways as the worst for the Bite, statistically, but on a plus side the club has blooded more youth than ever and a series win to finish was the best possible way to send off players, and thank the home fans.

WATCH: Tarzan grand slam in final at-bat

The perfect send-off was also the perfect end to tale that spanned longer than the Bite have been alive - a Chang Tai-Shan grand slam in the eighth inning. It was a moment which brought the crowd to their feet and the lovable Tarzan left the field hugging his teammates, with tears flowing, in what was his final at-bat. To finish a season like that was the perfect send-off for a baseball superstar who called Adelaide home for a few months.

Koura dazzles in finale

Ryo Koura has dominated with his strikezone and tonight was no different. Twelve strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings saw the Japanese pitcher dominate the Blue Sox, keeping most rallies from coming together. With 44 strikeouts in 28 innings it has been a stellar season by Koura and it's a strikeout rate rarely seen down under.

Just like Jack O'Loughlin the game before, he set up the Bite perfectly and sadly it's the kind of starting that has not been seen for much of the season. With the finesse of Japanese pitching and the clean defence it all came together at the end and if this can be the starting place for 2018/19, the Bite are on track for a quick turnaround.

Timely hitting 

Alongside consistent starts, timely hitting has been an issue all season. Today's doubleheader changed that and with the ballgame level at 1-1 in the sixth, Angus Roeger made his mark. Carrying a little extra swagger in his walk, Roeger smoked a home run directly down centrefield with a booming swing of the bat.

He was backed up by Bas Nooij, who technically reached on a fielding error, before Max Brown singled and Curtis Mead brought both runners home on a deep double to right field. There's a lot of feel good hitting there with the experienced Roeger being backed up a few at-bats later by 17-year-old Mead.

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