With the series vs the Brisbane Bandits tied at one, the Sydney Blue Sox have beaten the Bandits in walk-off fashion (3-4). After trailing 3-0 after the second inning, the Sox inched closer and eventually scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
After Alessandro Maestri was masterful once again on Thursday, he struck out seven and allowed one run on five hits and two walks, and the Blue Sox crushed the Bandits 11-2, Brisbane tied the series yesterday as it beat the Blue Sox 5-4.
But today, things did not look good after the second inning in which the Bandits scored thrice. on two singles and back-to-back doubles. But Sydney did something back in the third when with runners in scoring position, Trent d’Antonio laid down a sac bunt to drive in Joshua Dean from third.
After Gift Ngoepe drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fourth, a groundout by Jack Murphy and a throwing error by first baseman Mitchell Ellis, allowed Ngoepe to score the second run for Sydney. Dwayne Kemp scored the game-tying run in the eighth inning after he got on base on a double, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a sac fly.
In the ninth, Sydney literally walked off when Jacob Younis drew a bases-loaded walk in an eleven pitch at-bat to drive in Hao Wei Shen for the game-winning run.
Todd van Steensel pitched the top of the ninth, in which he fanned one and did not allow a hit nor a walk, for the win.
The Melbourne Aces took a 2-1 lead in the series vs Geelong Korea as it beat the Koreans 13-7. Jarryd Dale, Darryl George and Luke Hughes all went 3 for 5 for Melbourne. Hughes however, hit two home runs and drove in eight runs on his own.
After the Auckland Tuatara beat them yesterday 10-6, to tie the series at one, the Canberra Cavalry beat the Kiwis 9-0 today. Shota Imanaga lasted six one-hit innings in which he struck out thirteen Tuatara, lowering his ERA to a microscopic 0.51. Boss Moanaroa went 3 for 3 with a double for Canberra.
After a close 3-1 win on Friday, the Perth Heat beat up the Adelaide Bite today 13-6. Dutch hoofdklasse player Sam Kennelly drove in three runs in his sole at-bat and contributed to a seven-run seventh inning. The Bite got back in the game as it scored four runs in the eighth but the Heat bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the same inning to make it 13-5. Eventually, the Bite scored once more in the top of the ninth when Kuan-Jen Chen doubled home Ulrich Bojarski all the way from first base.