2017/18 ABL SF – Melbourne v Brisbane
04 Feb 2018 17:00 AEDT
GAME 1: Friday, 6.00pm AEST
GAME 2: Saturday, 6.00pm AEST
GAME 3 (if required): Sunday, 4.00pm AEST
Almost 12 months since they met in the 2017 Australian Baseball League Championship Series, Brisbane and Melbourne will square off in the postseason once more.
The Bandits will be aiming to defend their fortress and earn two games – if required – at Holloway Field in the ABLCS against the winner of the other semi-final between Perth and Canberra.
Brisbane will also be looking to keep alive its attempt at a three-peat of crowns, a feat even the Heat failed to complete despite winning four of the first five ABL titles.
The Bandits welcome the Aces back to a ballpark they saw just a few weeks ago, dropping five games in a horror weekend.
Melbourne since recovered, winning five of its last eight in the regular season, to clinch a playoff spot.
Now the Aces face the biggest test in Australian baseball, Brisbane at Holloway.
The Bandits are built for the hitter-friendly ballpark, blasting 64 homers during 20 regular-season games at Holloway.
T.J Bennett led the way with 11 while Lin Chih-sheng (10) and Donald Lutz (eight) also enjoyed the comforts of home.
Brisbane scored 110 runs more than Melbourne during the regular season with only second-placed Perth finishing with more.
The Aces were one of the only teams to slow the Bandits, keeping Brisbane to three runs across three games in a rain-shortened series at Melbourne Ballpark in December.
As lethal as the Bandits’ offence is, their pitching also sets the bar high.