IF individual performances can be balm for a disappointing end to a season, then the Blue Sox have that balm.
The Blue Sox's play-off loss to defending premiers the Perth Heat was the third time in the Australian Baseball League's three seasons that the Blacktown-based team has fallen one game short of the big one.
"Our major goal this year was to change the culture surrounding the club; a culture which breeds professionalism and earning the right to wear the Blue Sox playing top," was manager Mark Pospishil's brave-faced reaction.
The balm came via several individual records.
They included: games played (Mark Penprase, 45), batting average (Mitch Dening, .347), hits (Dening, 60), RBIs (Dening, 32), walks (Chris Snelling, 32), stolen bases (Penprase, 16) and on-base percentage (Snelling, .492).
In addition, the pitching staff set a league record for team ERA at 2.91 and fewest walks allowed at 97. Matt Williams broke the league saves record, finishing with 15 in 15 chances, and allowing earned runs to score in just one of 19 appearances.