Left over from late Friday night and early Saturday morning:
Adelaide Bite 13, Melbourne Aces 2 (Game 1) -- The Bite continued chomping on the Aces in this 7-inning game. LF Quincy Latimore got the scoring started for Adelaide in the bottom of the 1st with a 3-run homer that followed a pair of lead-off singles. The Aces scored one run in the 2nd when two singles and two hit batters forced in a run. A single, a stolen base, and two ground outs gave Melbourne another run in the 3rd, bringing the score to 3-2. It was all Adelaide after that. In the 4th, a single, a balk, and a hit batter put two runners on base, and RBI singles by 3B Stefan Welch and Latimore brought in 2 runs. The Bite batted around in the 5th to plate 5 runs. A throwing error, a walk, another balk, an RBI single and a 2 RBI double brought in 3 runs. At that point, the Melbourne pitcher was ejected from the game. Latimore reached on a throwing error, which added 2 more runs. Another 2-RBI double and a sacrifice fly gave the Bite 3 runs in the 6th inning.
Bite 8, Aces 3 (Game 2) -- It didn't get any better for Melbourne in the night-cap, though they did post more hits (10). Adelaide starter Dushan Ruzic scattered 5 hits over the first 6 innings, then gave up one run on a walk, a single, and a sacrifice fly in the 7th. Two doubles and two singles gave the Aces their other 2 runs in the 8th. The Bite bats were also quiet for the first three innings, then LF Quincy Latimore started pounding the ball again in the 4th. His 2-run homer got things started, and the Bite added another run on a double and a single for a 3-0 lead. Latimore's second homer of the game and third of the day opened the 6th inning. Then he picked up his fourth RBI of the game in the bottom of the 7th inning. A walk, a wild pitch, and two throwing errors gave Adelaide one run, then another walk and Latimore's RBI grounder plated the second run of the inning. Three singles plus a wild pitch and a passed ball added 2 more runs to the Bite's total in the 8th inning, to give the Bite a 4-0 record in the new season.
Quincy Latimore currently has a .429 average (third best in the league). He leads the ABL with 3 homers, and teammate Ben Wigmore is next with 2. Latimore and Wigmore also top the RBI list -- 8 for Latimore and 6 for Wigmore. Guess who's on top of the SLG list? Latimore with 1.071 and Wigmore with .933. OPS? 1.601 for Latimore, 1.404 for Wigmore. Yes, a very small sample, but we can enjoy it while it lasts.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Algondoneros de Guasave 16, Venados de Mazatlan 1 -- It's the start of deer season in Indiana, and somehow that must have translated down to Mexico. Guasave posted 21 hits, with each member of the starting line-up collecting at least one hit. Yurendell de Caster contributed a 3-run homer in Guasave's 6-run 7th inning. Los Venados scored only one run, which (briefly) tied the score in the 2nd inning. Rogelios Noris came in as a defensive replacement later in the game, and he had a hit in his only plate appearance.