Australian Baseball League no-hitters

abllogoThe new Australian Baseball League was formed in 2010 as a partnership between Major League Baseball (three-quarter ownership) and the Australian Baseball Federation (one-quarter ownership). It features six teams: the Adelaide Bite, the Brisbane Bandits, the Canberra Cavalry, the Melbourne Aces, the Perth Heat and the Sydney Blue Sox.

There has been only one no-hitter in the history of the new ABL, and it was thrown during the opening game of the best-of-three preliminary playoff series in 2011 by Sydney native David Welch:

1 David Welch
  Sydney Blue Sox
  Friday, February 4, 2011
Sydney Blue Sox 8, Adelaide Bite 0 (9 innings)
Blacktown Olympic Park (Sydney)
Game 1 of a best-of-three playoff series

The original Australian Baseball League began play in 1989-1990, with the first game between the Perth Heat and Adelaide Giants played on October 27, 1989 at Perth’s Parry Field. Teams played 42-game seasons until 1991-’92, when the season was extended to 48 games. The schedule was again expanded in 1991-’92 to 56 games. The league folded after the 1998-’99 season.

Here are the seven no-hitters thrown in the original ABL:

1 Chip Duncan
Michael Hennessy
  Parramatta Patriots
  Thursday, November 29, 1990
Parramatta Patriots vs. Brisbane Bandits (7 innings)
Gwangju Mudeung Baseball Stadium (Gwangju)
2 Jody Treadwell
  Adelaide Giants
  Thursday, November 21, 1991
Adelaide Giants vs. Sydney Wave (7 innings)
Norwood Oval (Adelaide)
3 Kevin Gallaher
  Friday, January 8, 1993 (6 innings)
4 John Boothby
  Brisbane Bandits
  Saturday, January 22, 1994
Brisbane Bandits vs. Adelaide Giants (7 innings)
Norwood Oval (Adelaide)
5 Gary Nilsson
Kelly Wunsch
Cameron Cairncross
  Brisbane Bandits
  Monday, January 2, 1995
Brisbane Bandits vs. Canberra Bushrangers (7 innings)
RNA Showgrounds (Brisbane)
6 Allen McDill
  Melbourne Monarchs
  Friday, February 10, 1995
Melbourne Monarchs vs. Gold Coast Cougars (7 innings)
Melbourne Ballpark (Melbourne)
7 Matt Herges
John Challinor
  Adelaide Giants
  Saturday, November 7, 1998
Adelaide Giants vs. Gold Coast Cougars (9 innings)
Carrara Stadium (Queensland)

(Feature photo Night at the ballpark by Simon_sees licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)

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