Jack Murphy Sparks Canberra to ABL Title

By New Hampshire Fisher Cats | February 11, 2013 5:19 AM ET

It was quite the weekend for a pair of potential 2013 Fisher Cats.  Catcher Jack Murphy, a Fisher Cat for a portion of the last two seasons, and outfielder Marcus Knecht played povital roles as the Canberra Cavalry swept a two-game series from Perth to win the team's first Australian Baseball  League title.  

Murphy, who hit .304 during the ABL regular season, had three hits and an RBI in the clinching game of the series.  He picked up four hits and drove home a pair of runs in the two-game set.  Murphy was a stalwart in the Canberra line-up, playing 41 of the 45 regular season games.

Knecht, a member of the Dunedin Blue Jays in 2012, had a quieter championship series, but did manage to pick up a base hit in each game.  Like Murphy, Knecht bashed five homers in the ABL regular season, and he totalled 15 extra-base hits in just 158 at-bats.

Two other Blue Jays farmhands spent a portion of their off-season in Australia.  K.C. Hobson, son of former Red Sox skipper Butch Hobson, hit .271 with three home runs.  Jonathan Jones played just eight games in November, picking up one homer.

The Jays farms hands will now enjoy a few weeks off before reporting to minor league spring training at the beginning of March.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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