AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE (ABL) PLAYOFFS – WILD CARD GAME

CANBERRA CAVALRY 3, SYDNEY BLUE SOX 2

Samad Taylor (2B, Canberra Cavalry): 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB – Taylor was one of only four players (two on each team) to reach base multiple times in Tuesday night’s pitchers’ duel and hit the Cavalry’s lone extra-base hit of the postseason lid-lifter (one of only two total in the game – both doubles).

Shawn Morimando (RP, Canberra Cavalry): S (1st of his professional career), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB – Morimando continued his late-season bullpen role in the Wild card contest and kept the potential tying run as just that, potential, to earn his first save as a professional (couldn’t find his high school stats on short notice). He did all this on short rest after catching the ceremonial first pitch thrown by Cavalry color commentator (and self-proclaimed #1 Australian Cleveland Indians fan) Warwick Pethybridge.

ABL PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE

The modified double-elimination Playoffs start on Wednesday night/early Thursday morning Cleveland time with the semifinals.

All times US EST. Games can be seen on the ABL website’s Videos page or on the baseball.com.au YouTube channel.

SEMI-FINALS
Perth Heat vs. Adelaide Giants – Wednesday 9 PM
Melbourne Aces vs. Canberra Cavalry – Thursday 3 AM

ELIMINATION FINAL (LOSERS’ BRACKET GAME) AND QUALIFYING FINAL (WINNERS’ BRACKET GAME)
Game involving Canberra Cavalry – Thursday 9 PM
Game involving Melbourne Aces – Friday 3 AM

PRELIMINARY FINAL
Elimination Final Winner vs. Qualifying Final Loser – Friday 11 PM

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME*
Qualifying Final and Preliminary Final winners – Saturday 11 PM

*Here’s where the modification comes in. The Preliminary Final winner doesn’t have to win two games (as they do in the NCAA Tournament’s Regionals and College World Series, for example) to win the championship. This game is winner-takes-the Claxton Shield. I also have no idea why they didn’t continue with the Australian nomenclature and call it the ABL Grand Final.

If you have any further questions, the ABL Playoffs webpage can be found here.

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