GOLD COAST, 2 December - The visiting side scored early and often as the Sydney Blue Sox (8-6) routed the Brisbane Bandits (6-7) by a score of 9-2 Sunday afternoon at Palm Meadows Baseball Facility, to win the series three games to one.
Zach Penprase was 3-for-5 with an RBI while Mitch Dening and Boss Moanaroa each contributed two hits and two runs scored in the Blue Sox highest run total of the season.
The Blue Sox jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the first inning. Trent D'Antonio scored on a ground-rule double off the bat of Dening, before Dening came around to score himself on a groundout from Geoff Klein for a 2-0 lead.
Then in the second frame, Penprase singled to centre field, scoring Moanaroa. The visitors continued to tack on runs in the third, when a Chris Snelling single scored James Robbins. The very next batter, Moanaroa punched a single to right field, scoring Klein and giving the Blue Sox a dominant 5-0 lead.
The 5-0 score held until the top of the sixth when Sydney launched a pair of two-run home runs. D'Antonio's blast, his first, cleared the right field wall scoring Moanaroa. Then, after a Penprase single, Dening hit his second home run of the series for a 9-0 Sydney advantage.
The Bandits scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, but that's all they could muster against the Sox' pitching staff in the series finale.
Tim Cox (1-1) picked up the victory, scattering seven hits over six scoreless innings. Justin Staatz (1-3) suffered his second loss of the season to Sydney, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks in two innings of work.
The series marked revenge for the Blue Sox, who dropped two of three games to the Bandits in Sydney from the 9th-11th of November.
The Blue Sox return to action this Thursday for the first game of a four-game series against the Canberra Cavalry driven by Rolfe Renault. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. at Blacktown International Sportspark.