WBC Qualifier 1: Diamondblacks keep hopes alive

sydneyIn a must win situation for both New Zealand and the Philippines, the Diamondblacks stayed at the right side of the score.in an entertaining and high scoring game.

The Philippines took a 1-0 lead. Eric Farris hit a lead off double off Andrew Marck and advanced on a fly out to right field hit by Matthew Vance, who plays in the German competition and even represented Germany in the 2013 Qualifiers. A sac fly to right field by Chris Aguila drove in Farris from third.
New Zealand answered with two runs in the bottom of the first. With runners on the corners, catcher Brad Haynal could not hold on a pitch and that allowed Alan Schoenberger to score from third. Moko Moanaroa doubled to right field to drive in Max Brown to give the Diamondblacks a 2-1 lead.

But the score went back and forth until both teams entered the sixth inning when the score was tied at five.

In the top of the sixth, the Philippines took the lead again. Brady Conlan singled and then moved to second on a fly out to right field (!). Joshua Wong’s single put runners on the corners. Then Jonash Ponce singled to drive in Conlan and thanks to a throwing error by third baseman Daniel Lamb-Hunt, Joshua Wong advance to third to put runners on the corners again. Adriane Ros Bernardo’s 4-3 ground out drove in Wong for the second run of the inning. Eric Farris’single drove in Jonash Ponce scored the seventh Filipino run.
But New Zealand bounced back as their offense exploded for six runs. With the bases loaded and no outs, Timothy Auty hit a sac fly to center field to drive in Daniel Lamb-Hunt. The next run would be scored thanks to a bases loaded walk that allowed Connar O’Gorman to cross home plate. With another bases loaded situation, Max Brown grounded into a force out at second base that drove in Moko Moanaroa, followed by a three run homerun by Boss Moanaroa.

In the next inning, the Kiwi’s offense would explode once more for five runs.

Eventually, in the eighth inning, New Zealand finished the game as it scored two more runs. With runners on the corners, Timothy Auty grounded into a 5-4 force out but thanks to the throwing error by second baseman Adriane Ros Bernardo, Auty advanced to second and O’Gorman scored the sixteenth run for New Zealand. The game ending run was scored on another throwing error by the Filipino second baseman.

Despite the blow out score, the Philippines were not outhit as they collected eleven and New Zealand collected only two more.

The winning pitcher was Jimmy Boyce, who pitched 1.1 innings in which he allowed one hit and fanned one.

Boss Moanaroa: three run homerun, 7 RBI

Boss Maonaroa was clearly the man of the match as he went 4 for 5 with two doubles and a a homerun and drove in seven runs and scored one himself.

Thanks to this blow out 17-7 mercy rule win, the Diamondblacks are still alive and will face the loser of today’s second game between South Africa and Australia.

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