There are many reasons why the Adelaide Bite finished on top of the ABL ladder. They have well and truly earned the right to host the Championship series for the first time, especially after a strong improvement in their offense, after struggling in the 2013-14 season.
Individually, the Bite have been led by LA Dodgers prospects and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes teammates Aaron Miller and Brandon Dixon, who have excelled in every possible area, among the league best all season long.
Despite last playing in the ABL at the start of January, Miller still finished in the top three of most categories, including runs, hits, total bases, RBIs and home runs, while still claiming the best average. Dixon, meanwhile, finished with the most runs and total bases, as well as two other top three finishes in hits and home runs.
As a whole, Adelaide’s attack is littered with stars, and at one time or another Adelaide’s depth in batting has stood tall to take control of the game, from old hand Tom Brice to youngster Cory Lyon.
|NAME||RUNS||HITS||HOME RUNS||RBIs||TOTAL BASES||AVERAGE|
|Aaron Miller||37 (3rd)||56 (3rd)||12 (2nd)||33 (3rd)||101 (3rd)||.389 (1st)|
|Brandon Dixon||38 (1st)||59 (2nd)||9 (=3rd)||30 (=9th)||107 (1st)||.289|
|Chan Moon||33 (9th)||41||5||21||65||.248|
|Mitch Dening||28||45||9 (=3rd)||27||81 (10th)||.249|
|Stefan Welch||21||46||7 (10th)||31 (=6th)||75||.307 (10th)|
All these contributions have seen Adelaide improve statistically in leaps and bounds on last season, from being one of the worst teams to the best. While this season as seen far more runs scored overall by all teams, Adelaide lead all in runs with 266, eight more than Perth in second, and 94 more than last season (172 – 5th best). Hits went up too, from 346 (6th) to 428 (1st), while Bite players have smacked 61 (1st) home runs over the fence compared to a measly 13 (6th) in 2013-14.
They have amassed over 200 more total bases, from 461 (6th) to 697 (1st), and nearly 100 more RBIs, from 149 (6th) to 240 (1st) in what has turned out to be a very attack driven season. This has all seen the Bite team average rise from .233 (6th) to .277 (=2nd), just another stat to go up.
An attack driven Adelaide will surely be favourites come the ABL Championship series, and with every offensive player in the roster capable of big hits there is no reason for a drop in runs or intent.