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Penprase steals show, Blue Sox take opener
Import drives in a pair in Sydney's season-opening win
11/02/2012 11:04 PM ET
KC Hobson's home run wasn't enough for the Cavalry on Friday.
KC Hobson's home run wasn't enough for the Cavalry on Friday. (Ben Southall / SMP Images)
CANBERRA, 2 November - Zach Penprase drove in two runs and the Sydney Blue Sox defeated the Canberra Cavalry driven by Rolfe Renault 3-2 in the ABL brought to you by 'Be The Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking' season-opener Friday night at Narrabundah Ballpark.

With runners on first and second and one out in tenth inning, Penprase singled through the right side of the infield to score Alessio Angelucci, giving the Blue Sox their first lead of the game at 2-1. Following Penprase's single, Mitch Dening lined a pitch up the middle himself, scoring JD Williams and giving the Blue Sox a two-run cushion. Angelucci reached to lead off the inning on a pop-up in front of home plate that fell between four Canberra infielders.

"It was certainly a successful opening night for us," first-year Blue Sox manager Jason Pospishil said. "Our pitching was outstanding, both in (Chris) Oxspring and our bullpen. It's definitely a good way to start the season."

Canberra opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when K.C. Hobson hit an opposite-field home run to left field, propelling the Cavalry to a 1-0 lead. Canberra starting pitcher Brian Grening made the score stand through five innings until he ran in to trouble in the sixth.

In that frame, the U.S. imports connected as JD Williams used his speed to beat out an infield single. After Williams stole second base, Penprase ripped a double to right-centre field, scoring Williams and tying the game.

The Cavalry scored one run in the tenth, but it wasn't enough as the Blue Sox were able to hold on.

Todd Van Steensel (1-0) earned the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen while Matt Williams earned his first save of the year, allowing one run in tenth inning. Eric Massingham (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits in the tenth.

Neither starting pitcher factored in to the decision, as Oxspring went 7 1/3 innings pitched, striking out seven and allowing just one run. Grening was equally as sharp for Canberra, going six innings and allowing one run on three hits.

Penprase finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and JD Williams chipped in two hits as well for Sydney.

The Blue Sox are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they take on the Cavalry at Narrabundah Ballpark as part of a doubleheader. Game one, a seven-inning contest, is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. start while game two, a nine-inning game, is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Right-hander Vaughan Harris gets the ball in game one and left-hander Craig Anderson is the game two starter for the Blue Sox.

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