Campbell aims for next level
A DISAPPOINTING end to the Australian Baseball League season has not dampened Andrew Campbell's ambitions.
Campbell's Brisbane Bandits knew their fate on Saturday evening, after the third game of their series against Perth, in which they were clean swept 4-0.
A run of 17 games with just four wins since Christmas saw them miss out on the ABL play-offs yet again.
"We went from first to fifth so we're pretty deflated," Campbell said.
The Yamanto based 22-year-old was left struggling to explain what went wrong.
"We were winning games," he said. "But we just couldn't hold them from the seventh innings onwards."
Campbell would not blame his team's relief pitchers for the late match fades.
Instead he pointed to the opposition's greater desire as matches went to the wire.
"Other teams battled harder maybe," he said.
"We thought we had it (a play-off position). It's hard to say what we need to do."
It was tough for Campbell to take, particularly as it was his best season yet for the Bandits.
It was one of few positives he was able to hang onto.
"We played well together," he said. "I think it was my best year.
"I guess I can read a game a bit more now and know what they're going to throw at me. Getting more game time helped too."
On Saturday night, after it had been confirmed the Bandits were out of play-off contention, Campbell was told by coach Dave Nilsson he was very much part of his plans for next season.
As things went from bad to worse through January, Campbell would have liked to have his good friend and former Bandits skipper Josh Roberts beside him.
Roberts was dumped before Christmas and, after giving Nilsson a spray in the QT, is unlikely to be welcomed back.
"I always like playing with Josh," Campbell said.
"He's one of my best mates and is a team leader. Having some older heads in the mix would have made a big difference."
Andrew Campbell 2014-15 ABL season
- At bats: 145
- Hits: 44
- Total bases: 50
- Home runs: 1
- Batting average: .303 (11th best in league)