Winter Leagues Recap: Two Homers For Welch

In Australian Baseball League action from today, Stefan Welch belted two home runs, leading Adelaide to a 4-3 victory during the last week of the ABL regular season. Welch homered to lead off the bottom of the second inning, giving Adelaide an early 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the eighth inning, he came up with the score tied 2-2 and Quincy Latimore on first base. Welch hit the second pitch for a two-run homer, giving his team a lead the would hold on to in the ninth for the win. For Welch, he is now third in the league in both homers with seven and in RBI’s with thirty. Adelaide has three games left in their season.

 Welch leads Adelaide in homers and RBI's

Welch leads Adelaide in homers and RBI’s

Zac Fuesser isn’t on the weekend roster this week, ending his ABL season. It was a successful campaign for the lefty, who spent the 2012 season with the West Virginia Power. Fuesser made 11 starts, going 4-4, 3.61 in 57.1 innings, with 57 strikeouts. Along with Welch, he represented the Pirates in the ABL all-star game played last month.

Sam Kennelly rejoined the active roster of the Perth Heat for this weekend’s series after hitting .538 in the U18 National Youth Championship. Besides Welch, he is the only Pirates farmhand on the active ABL roster this weekend. Kennelly did not play today in his team’s victory.

If you missed it from yesterday, Starling Marte was named MVP of the Dominican finals. It was also announced that he won’t participate in the Caribbean World Series next month.

The Colombian League Championship series is tied up at one win apiece after the Tigres 9-2 victory last night. Harold Ramirez pinch-ran in the second game with the score already out of hand and scored a run. Neither Ramirez, nor Tito Polo played in the first game for Tigres. The series continues with game three on Friday night.

Author: John Dreker

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.

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