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Blue Sox take exciting Australia Series finale
Sydney wrap exhibition series with first win
10/29/2012 4:15 AM ET
JD Williams had two hits as the Blue Sox knocked off Team Australia.
JD Williams had two hits as the Blue Sox knocked off Team Australia. (Joe Vella / SMP Images)
SYDNEY, October 28 - 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."

After taking the loss in last night's contest, Blue Sox relief pitcher Matt Williams tossed a scoreless ninth inning, following a strong eighth inning from reliever Todd Van Steensel.

On the day, JD Williams, Trent D'Antonio and Shane Benson all finished with two hits apiece, while Mitch Dening, who is on the Blue Sox roster but represented Team Australia this weekend, finished with three hits and a run.

The Blue Sox return to action Friday night when they open their Australian Baseball League season against the Canberra Cavalry in Canberra. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.