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Four-run eighth enough for Sox to take series
More terrific starting pitching paces Sydney
12/31/2012 3:47 AM ET
Mitch Dening (9, center) had two RBI in Sydney's big eighth.
Mitch Dening (9, center) had two RBI in Sydney's big eighth. (Joe Vella / SMP Images)
SYDNEY, 30 December - The Sydney Blue Sox (17-13) had a blistering four-run eighth inning, scoring the only runs of the game to defeat the Adelaide Bite proudly supported by SA Power Networks (13-17) on Sunday afternoon at Blacktown International Sportspark, 4-0 to take the series three games to one.

The Sox four-run frame came on the back of a multi-hit game for outfielder JD Williams, who punched the two-out game-winning double to left-centre field. Catcher Geoff Klein opened the inning, scorching a double down the left field line, before Williams delivered the double to put the Sox in front. Trent D'Antonio swatted an RBI-single, bringing home Williams to give the home side a two-run advantage. The scoring continued for the Sydneysiders, as Mitch Dening drove home runners D'Antonio and Zach Penprase, propelling the Sox to 4-0.

"After missing a few early opportunities with runners in scoring positions, I'm glad we converted in the eighth," Blue Sox manager Jason Pospishil said. "I'm really pleased with the pitching staff, with Atherton and the boys throwing a shutout and not issuing a walk."

Tim Atherton led the Sydney pitching staff, tossing seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts and only three hits. Texan Tyler Herr (3-1) contributed a scoreless eighth inning and collected the win with just one hit allowed. Righty Todd Van Steensel chucked the ninth, striking out one to close the game and the series.

In a game scoreless through seven innings, Sydney and Adelaide left 16 runners on base. The home team stole seven bags, as D'Antonio and David Kandilas each collected a pair. This victory marked a three-game winning streak, the first for Sydney this year as the pitching staff allowing only nine hits in the last 27 innings.

The Sox travel to Adelaide next week for the second half of eight consecutive games between the two teams. The squads kick off the series Thursday, 3 January at Norwood Oval.

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