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Goodwood edges Port, forces Game 3
10th inning push sees Goodwood win another close affair
03/24/2018 8:11 PM ET

Goodwood denied Port Adelaide the chance to sweep the SABL Division 1 Grand Final, presented by VIVA Global, earning a 5-4 win on Saturday night to force a third and deciding game today.

The win does come at a price with Darren Fidge injuring his groin late in the game, meaning they will be missing the most experienced player of all on for the 1PM decider.

Just like Friday night's clash, Goodwood twice took the lead before Port Adelaide rallied each time with a ninth inning Patrick Inglis homer tying the game at 4-4.

With two baserunners the Magpies then looked to steal a walk-off for the second time but they were forced to wait as Fidge struck out Brodie Arriola.

Fidge then connected with a Dushan Ruzic pitch however he had to call upon his inner Usain Bolt to make it safely and as he did he fell to the ground clutching at his groin. It was a tough price to pay for a crucial base.

A steal of second by pinch-runner Toby Baldock had Goodwood pushing and when he reached third via a Simon Galpin single the momentum was building.

Ultimately the win came off pitcher error with a wild pitch from Ruzic giving Baldock the opportunity to score and put his side ahead.

It was then up to Matt Watkins to pitch a clean three outs for Goodwood, and despite one walk, he did the job to clinch a massive victory.

Earlier, Joe Deroche-Duffin and Adam Crabb battled on the mound in an exciting start which saw Stefan Welch score the game's opening runs.

Earning a lead-off walk in the second, Welch worked his way to third before scoring on a throwing error by Duncan Izaaks to first, with the Port player's throw well off target.

Welch combined with Ben Wigmore again in the fourth to make it 2-0 with his lead-off single and a sac fly to Wigmore.

With four strikeouts to his name, Deroche-Duffin was the pick of the starters until Port Adelaide made a signature comeback in the fifth through Patrick Inglis' two-run homer.

Stemming the flow of runs, reliever Chris Horne only allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings, striking out three for Goodwood.

Horne played a part in their next scoring push, hitting the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth before poor pitching again played its part as Josh Cakebread scored on a wild pitch.

In a game of ebb-and-flow for either side, Duncan Izaaks had a lead-off walk in the eighth for the Magpies and Alex Carter a single, giving Izaaks the perfect chance to score as Goodwood tried to turn a double play. They could only get Carter.

Port momentum flowed into the ninth as Inglis collected his third hit of the night, his home run ensuring another classic finish was on the cards.

The deciding game three is at 1PM today at Diamond Sports with Goodwood or Port Adelaide set to be named 2017/18 champions.

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