Round 2 preview: Aces @ Bite

MELBOURNE will look to create a slice of history and spoil Adelaide’s first home series at its new ballpark at Adelaide Shores.

The Aces will aim to build on their solid opening round series victory over Perth and win their first away series in ABL history.


The four-game set will mark Adelaide’s first ABL games at West Beach after six years at Norwood Oval.

 
Series schedule:

Game 1: Friday, 7pm ACDT

Game 2: Saturday, 4pm ACDT

Game 3: Saturday, 7pm ACDT

Game 4: Sunday, 1pm ACDT

 

TV: Game 3: Saturday, 7.30pm AEDT on ABLtv.com

 

Tickets: theABL.com.au

 

Expected starters :

Bite – Steven Chambers (0-1, 0.00), Jack O’Loughlin (1-0, 2.45), Max McNabb (0-0, 0.00), Taylor Hawkins (0-0, 3.60) 

Aces – Mark Hamburger (1-0, 1.80), Keisuke Honda (1-0, 0.00), Dushan Ruzic (0-0, 1.80), Jon Kennedy (0-0, 0.00)

 

Players to watch:

Bite – LeDarious Clark was a standout at the top of Adelaide’s batting lineup against Sydney. Clark hit .313 in the opening four games and stole five bases against the Blue Sox. 

Aces – Dushan Ruzic will come up against his former side – as will Josh Tols – after a solid opening weekend display. Ruzic allowed one run on six hits in five innings in his start against Perth.

 

What you need to know:

  • The Aces went 7-23 against the Bite at Norwood Oval. Will they perform better at Adelaide’s new home?
  • Adelaide is 2-4 in home openers

 

Series prediction

History is against the Aces heading to Adelaide, but it was hard not to be impressed by their series win over Perth in round one. The Bite were thumped in game one and left too many runners on base. Had they taken chances they could have split with Sydney on the road.

Expect a tight affair with plenty of history between these sides and a couple of players having swapped colours.

 

Series split 2-2

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