Rattlers Alumni Report: Game of February 3, 2011
Jamie McOwen (’07): 0-for-4
Adelaide leadoff hitter Jeremy Cresswell stepped into the batter’s box,
took four out of five pitches he saw out of the strike zone, and took
his free pass to first base in the opening inning of Round 2 of the
Delta Air Lines ABL Postseason at Blacktown Olympic Park. And perhaps it
was in that imperfection that David Welch’s near-perfect day was born.
In the biggest game of Sydney’s season, Welch threw maybe the best game
of his life, spinning the first no-hitter in the young history of the
reborn Australian Baseball League while leading his Blue Sox to an 8-0
victory in their Round 2 opener. Welch issued just three walks while
striking out ten and holding the Adelaide “ETSA” Bite hitless to push
his team to within one win of a trip to the Delta Air Lines ABL
Championship Series next weekend in Perth.
Former Timber Rattlers catcher Rene Rivera (’03) has been picked up by Puerto Rico to play in the Caribbean World Series. Rivera has not played in the series yet, Robinson Cancel has started the first two games of the series for Puerto Rico.