Austin piles up the silverware

EAGLES’ Matt Austin has taken all before him with a clean sweep of the Sunraysia Baseball League awards.
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Clean sweep: Matt Austin in game one of Eagles’ grand final series against Wanderers.

Austin was voted both the Ian Bishop Best Baseballer of the Year and won the A Grade Best and Fairest, finishing ahead of Hawks’ Charlie Ashcroft.

The Ian Bishop award takes into account Sunraysia’s interleague matches and with good performances in both Geelong and Adelaide, Austin added votes to his league tally.

The best and fairest was thought to be a close battle with Austin and Jedd Miller from Eagles, Ashcroft and Trent Cross from Hawks, Troy Harrison (Wanderers) and Andrew Fairlie (Saints).

Austin polled well in the early rounds, as did Fairlie and Harrison, with Austin leading at the halfway mark. Miller started to poll votes and pulled closer with three votes in consecutive games.

Ashcroft then made his move with two three-votes, but with Austin continuing to poll well he clinched the award with a three-vote in the final game.

The tournament MVPs were won by Wanderers’ Troy Harrison (Peter Wade – Baseball SA) and Eagles’ Matt Gee (Trevor Rogers – Baseball Victoria).

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