The Sydney Blue Sox broke a late tie to defeat Team Australia 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Blacktown International Sportspark, salvaging the final game of the three-game Australia Series.
In the seventh inning, U.S. import JD Williams used his speed as he doubled, stole third base and advanced to score on an error, breaking a 2-2 tie which propelled the Blue Sox to their lone victory of the series.
“We simply played good baseball today,” Blue Sox manager Jason Pospishil said. “I thought our defence was outstanding and I thought Vaughan Harris was outstanding as well.”
Harris was the starting pitcher for the Blue Sox, tossing five innings and allowing no runs on three hits.
The Blue Sox opened the scoring in the very first inning when James Robbins ripped a double down the right-field line, scoring both Shane Benson and Geoff Klein to give the Blue Sox a 2-0 lead.
The teams then traded scoreless frames until the sixth inning, when the Green and Gold scored their only two runs on an RBI-double from Luke Hughes and then an RBI-groundout from Darryl George to tie the game at 2-2. That set the stage for Williams to win the game in the seventh inning.
“Our hitting went quiet for the middle innings which wasn’t ideal but that’s baseball,” Pospishil said. “At the end of the day our pitching was great and we played a solid game of baseball.”
Last week, the Blue Sox lost their opening two exhibition games against Australia 4-3 and 5-3.
Pospishil said he was pleased with the Blue Sox's performance in both games and the team's ability to continually hit the strike zone.
“I thought our pitching did a great job again and defensively we were clean which was an improvement," Pospishil said.
"Offensively we banged out 10 hits which was a good effort against competition of that quality."
The Blue Sox return to action on Friday when they open their Australian Baseball League season against the Canberra Cavalry in Canberra. First pitch is scheduled for 7pm.