Former Shorebirds Playing in Australian Baseball League
Salisbury, Md. - Three former Delmarva Shorebirds players have taken their talents overseas. Pitcher Cole McCurry, outfielder Ron Welty and infielder Robbie Widlansky are all playing for the Perth Heat in the Australian Baseball League. The 2010-11 season marks the inaugural season of the ABL.
All three guys have played important roles for the Heat, who are 7-5 as of Monday, Nov. 29.
The Perth Heat will play a total of 40 games. Their regular season ends on Saturday, January 22 with a doubleheader against the Melbourne Aces. The ABL consists of six teams; Adelaide Bite, Brisbane Bandits, Canberra Cavalry, Melbourne Aces, Perth Heat and Sydney Blue Sox.
Through 12 games, Robbie Widlansky is leading the Heat in batting average at .380 (19-50). He also leads the team in runs scored (10), hits (19) and doubles (5). Widlansky also has one home run and five RBIs.
Widlansky played in 12 games for the Shorebirds in 2008. He spent most of the '08 season in Aberdeen. In 12 games for the Shorebirds, he recorded ten hits and three RBIs. The Plantation, Florida native spent the 2010 season in Double-A Bowie. He batted .269 with five home runs and 30 RBIs.
In eight games played, Ron Welty is hitting .281 for the Perth Heat. He has connected on two home runs and has driven home six runs. Welty has also scored six runs.
The 22-year old played in Delmarva during the 2009 campaign. In 121 games, he batted .290 with ten home runs and 67 RBIs. Welty was a South Atlantic League All-Star. He spent the 2010 season with the Frederick Keys. In 130 games, he hit .282 with 18 home runs and 82 RBIs. Welty was named to the Carolina League All-Star Team.
Cole McCurry is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA after three starts with the Perth Heat. In 9.1 innings pitched, he has 11 strikeouts.
McCurry pitched for the Shorebirds over parts of three seasons (2007-09). He made 38 career starts for the Shorebirds and posted a 10-15 record. McCurry fanned 207 batters in his time with the Shorebirds. The Chandler, N.C. native pitched for the Frederick Keys this season. He went 5-6 with a 4.23 ERA. He recorded 101 strikeouts in 95.2 innings pitched.
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