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Reds Sweep Hunter


7 December 1997

The Melbourne Reds swept the Hunter Eagles in their four game series at Moorabbin over the weekend, thus cementing top spot in the Australian Baseball League. Reds fans had their share of worries in Game 3 as Hunter jumped to a 6/1 lead after thier fifth innings. Shane Hogan's booming home run and a two run error by the Eagles second baseman ignited the Reds bats as they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, as they have done so many times already this season.

The thrilling 7/6 win kept alive the Reds winning streak which now stands at eleven.

" These guys never know when to give up" said Reds Assistant Manager David Clarkson. " Hunter were probably very unlucky to lose, but you just cannot afford to give these guys a sniff. All the bats are hot,we ran the bases aggressively and our pitchers have been great.There is a special feeling around the Club this year, and whilst there is plenty of work still to be done , to be on top at the All-Star break is better than we could have hoped for."

Along with Hogan, Adam Burton, Scott Dawes and Ben Utting all hit home runs during series. Utting's home-run was his first in six years in the ABL.
Game Results:
Game 1 Reds 2 Hunter 1
Game 2 Reds 10 Hunter 6
Game 3 Reds 7 Hunter 6
Game 4 Reds 8 Hunter 1

Winning Pitchers were Jason Beverlin, Matt Gourlay, Mark Respondek and Rob Hogan.

The Reds have another four game series against Hunter at Newcastle to come after the All-Star break. Adam Burton has been included in the All-Star Team and Shane Hogan has been added to the Australian Olympic Squad. U.S. imports, Chris Ashby and Derek Shumpert, have been included in the American All-Stars team. This series will be played on the Gold Coast this weekend. The Reds return to Moorabbin on Wednesday 17th December with an exhibition game against Japanese Champions, Mitsubishi Kobe. Game commences at 7.00pm

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