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RECAP: South Australia beat ACT 5-3 to finish group stage with perfect record
05/02/2018 12:56 AM ET
 (Laura Bond)

South Australia finished the first round of the 2018 Australian School Championships with a perfect 5-0 record after narrowly defeating ACT 5-3 on Wednesday afternoon.

The win fishes off an impressive group stage of the tournament for South Australia. They won all five games and outscored opponents 38-5. 

"We're really hapapy with how things have gone," says head coach Scotty Gladstone. "But we also know we've had a few things go our way. I'm really proud of how everyone has played but we all know there is work to do."

A plucky ACT-side gave South Australia a run for their money.

South Australia had a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning and ACT started to threaten. With two runners on, slugger Lyndsey Hayden delivered a thundering double that scored one run. But Carey McLeod delivered a perfect throw from left field to help get out the second runner to keep it a 4-3 game.

McLeod then added insurance for South Australia by adding an RBI single to his resume to give South Australia a 5-3 lead. It was the third hit of the afternoon for McLeod.

"I felt like I was struggling with the bat the first couple days but the guys really backed me up and lifted me," he says. "Today I just made the right adjustments and I'm really happy I could help the team. 

South Australia took advantage of some shady ACT defense in the first inning. Two errors from ACT allowed South Australia to put two runs on the board. Carey McLeod had his first of two RBIs in the opening inning.

South Australia used a "pitcher by committee" approach in this game giving the team a chance to test it's depth. 

Flynn Leuders went 2.2 innings, struck out three and allowed no runs. Seeichiro Suzuki followed him up and went 1.1 innings allowing two runs. Mason Clavell pitched the remainder and allowed just a single to ensure that South Australia has all their arms available for Friday's preliminary final games. 

South Australia will wait and see who will join them in the Top 3. New South Wales has clinched a spot but the third place is very much up in the air.

If Victoria beats New South Wales at 2:30PM on Wednesday then Victoria will be the two seed and New South Wales the third. If New South Wales win there will be a three way tie between Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia at 2-3. Queensland will win the tiebreaker and slot into the third position.

South Australia needs to just win one game in Friday's second round to advance to Saturday's gold medal game. South Australia has never won the Australian School Championships in Baseball before.

NEXT GAMES - FRIDAY

9:30AM - #2 Place vs #3 Place

12PM - #3 Place vs. #1 Place

2:30PM - #1 Place vs #2 PLACE 

SATURDAY

12PM - Gold Medal Game


 

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