SYDNEY, 5 November - The Sydney Blue Sox took game two of the New Zealand Series behind two home runs and erratic Diamondblacks pitching Monday night at Blacktown International Sportspark, 12-1, over Team New Zealand.
It was a three-run homerun to J.D. Williams in the fifth inning and a grand slam from Alessio Angelucci in the eighth that lead the onslaught of runs for the Blue Sox with the outfielders driving in seven of the team's 12 runs.
New Zealand scored their one and only run in the first inning off an RBI-single from Daniel Lamb-Hunt to score shortstop Alan Schoenberger, who singled to lead-off the game.
Sydney starting pitcher Josh Guyer found his composure in the second inning to pave the way for the offensive explosion with the home side scoring 12 unanswered runs.
A single and a walk to Trent Schmutter and Zach Penprase allowed Williams to knock his first home run in a Blue Sox uniform and push the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth.
The Diamondblacks' pitching staff struggled from the offset with the team giving up seven total walks, putting runners on base in front of Alessio Angelucci, who cleared the bases with a two-out grand slam for his first career homerun after making the move from the bullpen this past off season.
Blue Sox pitching had another strong outing with Guyer lasting five innings allowing just one earned run on four hits while striking out five. The bullpen was busy with Keiran McCluskey, Todd Van Steensel, Matt Williams and Tyler Herr all seeing the mound.
Impressed with his team's performance Blue Sox manager Jason Pospishil now has his sight set on Brisbane, "Guyer and McCluskey were fantastic and were backed by solid defensive play and our bats warned up nicely in the later innings which is a good sign going into the Brisbane series."
The Blue Sox are back in action this Friday for their ABL, brought to you by 'Be The Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking,' home-opening weekend as they face the Brisbane Bandits in a three game series at Blacktown International Sportspark.