In Australian League Baseball action from today, Stefan Welch went 1-for-3, with a walk, as Adelaide took a one-sided 12-2 loss. The defeat came just one day after they were eliminated from playoffs. On Friday night, Adelaide lost 8-7 to Canberra. In that contest, Welch went 1-for-4, with a run scored.
Welch went 2-for-7 over the last two games
Also from today's Adelaide game, Nick Hutchings came in to relieve during the seventh inning and ended up pitching 1.2 innings. The 16-year-old right-hander, signed by the Pirates in November, gave up one run on one hit and two walks. Hutchings threw 37 pitches, 23 for strikes. He also struck out two batters. Hutchings pitched poorly last week during the U18 National Youth Championships in Australia, but has pitched well during his brief time in the ABL against the much tougher competition. In six innings over five appearances, he has allowed one run on two hits, while striking out ten hitters.
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.