The Auckland Tuatara managed to clinch a historic win today as they beat the Melbourne Aces 8-4 in game two of a doubleheader. With this win, the Tuatara managed to win its first series of their inaugural season.
Even in the series vs Geelong-Korea, Auckland did not manage to clinch a win as the series ended in a 2-2 tie. That makes today’s effort even more special.
After winning two games vs the Bite on Friday (2-1 and 5-3), game one of today’s doubleheader was lost 2-4. But in game four of the series, the decisive blow came in the fourth innings, when the team already had a 3-1 lead over Melbourne. With runners on first and second, Taylor Snyder connected for his fifth home run of the season to give Auckland a commanding five-run lead. Later in the game, the Tuatara scored a couple of insurance runs but eventually, it became clear that those were not really necessary. After scoring two runs in the fifth, all the Bite could do was to add one more run on a solo home run by Rudy Martin in the top of the ninth inning.
The aforementioned Geelong-Korea did not stand a chance today vs the Brisbane Bandits as the latter won 9-2. After Thursday’s return, Loek van Mil pitched another inning today. Once again it wasn’t a save situation but the tall Dutchman managed to shutout the Korean team in the ninth, giving up two hits and lowering his ERA to 3.38.
Perth and Canberra had a nice bout in the second game of today’s doubleheader. With Perth having a 2-1 lead in the series, Canberra fought its way back from a 5-2 deficit, forcing extra innings after nine frames. But in the tenth inning, Perth seemed to be better in using the tie-breaker rule. With runners on first and second, pitcher Madison Younginer balked and walked Chris House intentionally to load the bases. A groundout by Tim Kennelly and a single by Chris Clare drove in three runs to give the Heat a decisive 8-5 lead.
In what was a close affair until the eighth inning, the Sydney Blue Sox flexed their muscles in the top of that eighth inning and scored eight runs. With the bases loaded, Gift Ngoepe reached first base on a throwing error, allowing Trent D’Antonio to score Sydney’s sixth run. Jason Rodgers’ double drove in two more runs and singles by Jack Murphy and Trent D’Antonio added two more to the Blue Sox’ score. Another throwing error by Adelaide allowed Sydney to score two more. Back-to-back home runs and seven singles in the ninth inning drove in seven more runs for the Blue Sox to reach the final score of 20-8 in a game that had a flattering result in the end as pitcher Ryan Duncan couldn’t get out of the inning. On the defensive side, it wasn’t the best game as both teams committed five errors in total. Todd van Steensel didn’t have his best outing today as he gave up a bases-loaded walk, followed by a home run.