2009 Claxton Shield

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2009 Claxton Shield
75th Claxton Shield
Diamond Anniversary
Season details
Sport Baseball
Country  Australia
Teams 5
Dates 2 December 2008 – 8 February 2009
Defending champions Perth Heat (2008)
Regular season
First place Perth Heat
(12–4)
Second place Victoria Aces
(10–6)
Third place New South Wales Patriots
(9–7)
Fourth place Queensland Rams
(8–8)
Fifth place South Australia
(1–15)
Finals series
Final
Champions Perth Heat (10th title)
Game score 2–1
Runner-up New South Wales Patriots
Semi final
Finalist New South Wales Patriots
Game score 2–1
Eliminated Victoria Aces
2008
2010

The 2009 Diamond Anniversary Claxton Shield was the 75-year anniversary of the Claxton Shield and was held from 2 December 2008 to 8 February 2009 and was the Shield's Diamond anniversary. The Perth Heat won the tournament after defeating the New South Wales Patriots 3-2 in the third game of a best of three series.

Overview

The 2009 Shield series excluded the Australian Provincial baseball team and consisted of four, three game series against each team including a two home, two away and a bye round for each of the teams. On top of this to start off the tournament, there was also a showcase round where each team played each other once. To celebrate the 75th anniversary, the showcase round also hosted a variety of other events such as a Home Run Derby. Teams that competed in the 2009 Claxton Shield were the New South Wales Patriots, Queensland Rams, Perth Heat, Victoria Aces and the South Australia.1

The competition served as the primary selection trial for the national team to compete in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The first round of the WBC commenced Mexico City on 8 March 2009, a month after the final round.2

Teams

Rosters

Venues

The 2009 Claxton Shield will be competed between 5 teams from around Australia in 13 different venues.2

Regular season

Clinched championship series berth
Clinched semi-final series berth
Team W L Pct. GB
Perth Heat 12 4 .750
Victoria Aces 10 6 .625 2
New South Wales Patriots 9 7 .563 3
Queensland Rams 8 8 .500 4
South Australia 1 15 .063 11

Championship series

The 2009 Claxton Shield finals series will have the top three teams after regular fixtures qualify. The team who finishes first will auto-qualify for the final where they will meet the winner of the 2nd vs 3rd. Both semi-finals and finals are best of three series.

23 January 2009 at 7.00 pm, Melbourne Ballpark

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NSW Patriots 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Victoria Aces 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 X 7 10 0
Starting pitchers:
Patriots: W Lundgren
Aces: T Blackley
WP: T Blackley (1-0)   LP: W Lundgren (0-1)
Home runs:
Patriots: 0
Aces: 0 Attendance: 7374

24 January 2009 at 3.00 pm, Waverley

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Victoria Aces 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 6
NSW Patriots 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 X 9 8 0
Starting pitchers:
Aces: A Blackley
Patriots: T Cox
WP: T Cox (1-0)   LP: A Blackley (0-1)
Home runs:
Aces: 0
Patriots: 2, M Lysaught, S Pender Attendance: 17315

25 January 2009 at 12.00 pm, Melbourne Ballpark

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NSW Patriots 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 5 9 0
Victoria Aces 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Starting pitchers:
Patriots: C Anderson
Aces: D Cassidy
WP: C Anderson (1-0)   LP: D Cassidy (0-1)   Sv: W Lundgren 1
Home runs:
Patriots: 1, S Pender
Aces: 0 Attendance: 1546

6 February 2009 at 7.00 pm, Baseball Park

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NSW Patriots 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 5 2
Perth Heat 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 8 1
Starting pitchers:
Patriots: C Anderson
Heat: L Hendriks
WP: C Anderson (2-0)   LP: L Hendriks (0-1)   Sv: W Lundgren 2
Home runs:
Patriots: 0
Heat: 0 Attendance:7

7 February 2009 at 7.00 pm, Baseball Park

Perth Heat def. New South Wales Patriots.

8 February 2009 at 7.30 pm, Baseball Park

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NSW Patriots 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 1
Perth Heat 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 9 2
Starting pitchers:
Patriots: W Lundgren
Heat: D Schmidt
WP: B Wise (1-0)   LP: M Williams (0-1)   Sv: W Lundgren 2
Home runs:
Patriots: 0
Heat: 1, C House Attendance: 21508

Conditions

Blacktown Baseball Stadium experienced quite warm December summer weather for New South Wales. Although the average maximum temperature is 25 °C (77 °F), most games were above this, with Game 8 of the showcase round between South Australia and Victoria Aces hitting 32 °C (90 °F) during the match.

On 7 December, the temperature dropped to a maximum of 22 °C with a strong breeze over Blacktown as well as clouds, however, no rain fell and the games finished as scheduled.

A large low-pressure system and long periods of rain forced the postponement of both games on 12 December in Altona, Victoria and Canberra. Games the next day were re-scheduled to allow for 7-inning double headers. Game 1 between Queensland Rams and Victoria Aces was relocated to Mildura, Victoria where Game 2 and 3 were also being played.9

On 3 January, the New South Wales Patriots vs Queensland Rams second game at Baxter Field, Lismore was delayed during the 6th inning due to a small stint of heavy rain. Drizzle was present throughout the game, but was only delayed for approximately ten minutes.10

Fielders Choice Player of the Series

This is awarded recognition of outstanding individual performances each round of the 2009 Claxton Shield by the Australian Baseball Federation.11

  • Round 1 - Nick Kimpton
  • Round 2 - Daniel Berg
  • Round 3 - Tim Kennelly
  • Round 4 - Luke Hughes
  • Round 5 - Wayne Lundgren
  • Round 6 - Justin Huber

Statistics leaders

Defensive Stats*
Name Wins Losses Saves ERA
Tim COX 3 0 0 0.00
Wayne LUNDGREN 3 1 0 2.27
Darryn Cassidy 1 0 0 2.52
Liam Hendricks 3 1 0 2.70
Mark KELLY 2 2 0 3.72
Offensive Stars*
Name Avg HR RBI
Nick KIMPTON .500 5 23
Wade DUTTON .425 0 5
Brad DUTTON .393 0 8
David KANDILAS .370 0 5
Christopher HOUSE .356 0 8

Awards

Award Name Team
Championship MVP Luke Hughes Perth Heat
Golden Glove Grant Karlsen Victoria Aces
Batting Champion Nick Kimpton Perth Heat
Pitcher of the Year Tom Cox New South Wales Patriots
Rookie of the Year Chris House Perth Heat
Manager of the Year Don Kyle Perth Heat

External links

References

  1. ^ Stockman, Jennifer (3 November 2008). "2009 Claxton Shield Schedule" (PDF). Australian Baseball Federation. 
  2. ^ a b Stockman, Jennifer (24 November 2008). "2009 Claxton Shield Media Guide" (PDF). Australian Baseball Federation. 
  3. ^ Collins, Kingsley (5 December 2008). "Claxton Shield a fillip for Sunraysia baseball". Australian Baseball Federation. 
  4. ^ New South Wales vs Victoria Semi-Final 1
  5. ^ Victoria vs New South Wales Semi-Final 2
  6. ^ Programs/Claxton Shield/2009/SF3/xvisitor.htm New South Wales vs Victoria Semi-Final 3
  7. ^ New South Wales vs Perth Grand-Final 1
  8. ^ New South Wales vs Perth Grand-Final 3
  9. ^ Foster, Ben (13 December 2008). "BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR A BALLGAME...Let's play two!". Australian Baseball Federation. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  10. ^ Queensland vs New South Wales 3 January 2008
  11. ^ FIELDERS CHOICE Player of the Round







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