It was a night of veterans at Blue Sox Stadium, as Craig Anderson, Trent Oeltjen, Michael Lysaught and Dae-Sung Koo combined to deliver the fourth win of the season for Sydney, over the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, 5-2 on Friday Night.
Offensively, Oeltjen delivered three, Lysaught scored twice, both tripled and were hit-by-pitch. Anderson dealt to Canberra giving up only one run, while Koo closed the game in vintage style.
The action began for the Sox in the first, when Jacob May blasted a triple down the right field line. May's first ABL hit at home was followed by an absolute missile from major leaguer Trent Oeltjen.
The lefty showing his class in the clutch, crushed a two-run homer over the fence, giving the home side a 2-0 lead.
Canberra responded in the third, with a solo home run from Jon Berti that went sailing over the left field fence.
In the sixth inning, Michael Lysaught was walked by Canberra's Brian Grening, then pushed to third on a single from Trent D'Antonio. Lysaught then crossed, as Grening was called for a baulk.
Grening's night didn't get any better, as Oeltjen slammed a triple off the right field wall, scoring his third run of the night and putting the Sox ahead 4-1.
On the mound for the Sox, Craig Anderson was back to his 2012-13 ABL Pitcher of the Year best, throwing seven strong innings of one-run baseball. Ando scattered five hits, walked two and struck out six on his way to his first win of the season.
Speed continued to be an asset for the Blue Sox against the Cavalry after the stretch. Hit-by-pitch Lysaught stole second base, was pushed across again by D'Antonio and then raced home on a wild pitch from reliever Chris Motta, setting the score 5-1.
Canberra scratched one across on reliever Wayne Lundgren in the eighth, but could not do a thing against the ageless lefty, Dae-Sung Koo, who closed out the ninth 1,2,3.
Both teams return to action for game two at Blacktown International Sportspark tomorrow. Saturday night is Super Hero Night, where fans are encouraged to dress as their favourite Super Hero! Game time is 7:30 p.m. and the gates open 90 minutes prior.
The finale of the series, on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. will be preceded by the final of the Blue Sox U/9 T-ball Cup, held at 3:00 p.m. Gates will open at 2:30 p.m. in preparation to the curtain raiser between the Winston Hills Warriors and the Castle Hill Knights.
To purchase tickets to any Blue Sox, regular season game or purchase a membership for the season please visit www.sydneybluesox.com.au/tickets or call (02) 8006 1423.