Sport Brisbane Bandits win Aussie baseball title

17:05  11 february  2018
17:05  11 february  2018 Source:   msn.com

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BRISBANE Bandits head coach David Nilsson’s hard-nosed decision to play a foreign player ahead of a six-year club servant helped his team to advance within one win of the Australian Baseball League title on Friday night.

BRISBANE Bandits called on their pitching depth to carve out a winning start to their Australian Baseball League title defence from last night’s clash with Canberra at Holloway Field.

Former Major League pitcher Travis Blackley.© Getty Former Major League pitcher Travis Blackley.

Brisbane have won their third consecutive Australian Baseball League title with a 4-2 victory over Canberra in the deciding game.

With their best-of-three ABL championship series tied at 1-1, the Claxton Shield was on the line at Wild Moose Stadium in storm-hit Brisbane on Sunday night.

Former Major League pitcher Travis Blackley starred for the Bandits, completing six scoreless innings, conceding one hit and one walk and striking out two.

With back-to-back singles by Logan Wade and Mitch Nilsson, Brisbane got off to a perfect start when Adam Weisenburger hit Cavalry starting pitcher Frank Gailey deep to open up a 3-0 lead.

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BRISBANE Bandits will have David Nilsson as their manager for a crack at a fourth Australian Baseball League title and will bring back Taiwanese star Ngayaw Ake. The Bandits became the first club in the reformed ABL to win three straight titles with their

The Brisbane Bandits are a professional baseball team in Brisbane , Queensland that plays in the Australian Baseball League and is one of the six founding teams of the league. From the 2010/11 season till the 2012/13 season their home ballpark was the Brisbane Exhibition Ground

Nilsson's sixth-inning homer extended the Bandits' advantage to 4-0.

Game three was not without drama as Brisbane manager David Nilsson and first base coach Adrian Lamb were ejected as the benches cleared twice.

Play also stopped for more than an hour as a storm tore across Brisbane.

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Bandits complete ABL title three-peat. Brisbane has completed its quest for a historic three-peat of Australian Baseball League crowns. Canberra is one win away from claiming its second Claxton Shield after taking game one of the Australian Baseball League Championship Series on Friday

The Bandits defeated the Adelaide Bite in two games to claim the Claxton Shield.

The first bench-clearing brawl came as Gailey hit Andrew Campbell with a pitch after giving up the solo shot to Nilsson.

They cleared a second time after tempers flared when Campbell was caught stealing second base.

Canberra cut a run off Brisbane's lead in the seventh inning when Jay Baum singled and then scored on a throwing error by David Sutherland.

Kyle Perkins hit a solo homer off reliever Matt Timms when play resumed following the rain delay to make it 4-2.

But it wasn't enough as the Bandits claimed their third-straight crown following triumphs over Melbourne and Adelaide in the past two seasons.

Closer Ryan Searle secured the final five outs to complete the come-from-behind series win.

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