2014-2015 Australian Baseball League

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The 2014-2015 Australian Baseball League was the fifth season in the second incarnation of the Australian Baseball League.

The Perth Heat won their second straight title (and fourth in five years), coming from behind to top the Adelaide Bite in the finals. Adelaide won game 1 as Stefan Welch, Tom Brice and Mitch Dening hit back-to-back homers in the 7th off regular season ERA king Mike McClendon for a 3-2 win; Morgan Coombs got the victory. In Game 2, Perth tied it thanks to a 2-run tenth-inning double by Allan de San Miguel off Will Mathis to break a 3-3 game open; Jorge Marban got the win and Tyler Brunnemann took the loss. In game 3, Perth won a 12-5 slugfest, Mike McCarthy getting the win and Wilson Lee (5 R in 1 2/3 IP) the loss. Tim Kennelly (3 RBI), Luke Hughes (3 H, 3 RBI) and Tim Smith (3 R) all went deep for the Heat while Dening fell a triple shy of the cycle, scoring three and driving home two in the loss. De San Miguel was named finals MVP.

Adelaide had the best-regular season record. They included star turns from Helms Award winner Aaron Miller (league leader in average [.389], OBP [.444] and slugging [.701]), Brandon Dixon (a league-high 17 doubles, 21 steals and tied for the lead with 38 runs), Josh Tols (a league-best 9 wins) and Brunnemann (tied for the save lead at 8). Perth's regular season producers included Gold Glove winner Joey Wong (who led with 4 triples, 32 walks and tied for the lead with 38 runs), McClendon (1.66 ERA) and Marban (8 Sv). The Brisbane Bandits had hit leader Thomas Coyle (60) and Ryan Searle (who fanned a league-high 69), the Canberra Cavalry had RBI leader Jack Murphy (37) and save co-leader Dustin Crenshaw (8) and the Melbourne Aces were powered by home run king Kellin Deglan (16).

Regular Season Standings[edit]

  1. Adelaide Bite, 32-16 Manager: Brooke Knight
  2. Perth Heat, 28-20 Manager: Steven Fish
  3. Sydney Blue Sox, 22-24 Manager: Jason Pospishil
  4. Canberra Cavalry, 22-24 Manager: Michael Collins
  5. Brisbane Bandits, 21-25 Manager: Dave Nilsson
  6. Melbourne Aces, 15-31 Manager: Tommy Thompson