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South Australia sweeps Day 1 of AJLC
05/27/2018 5:31 AM ET
 

Adelaide's two Junior League charter teams both picked up wins today to start the National Junior League Championship off with a bang!

Here are the results:

Pirates 8, Ryde Hawks 7 

Call it a crazy comeback!

A superb seventh inning saw the Pirates score six times, overrunning Ryde Hawks for an 8-7 walk-off win.

Trailing 4-2 entering the seventh, the Pirates gave up late runs that might have deterred some teams, but under the guidance of Andrew Sperling they surged to a thrilling victory.

"It was a game that we always believed we were in," Sperling said.

"This group's got something. We can always learn. I said to them today we didn't particularly maybe have the right side of this or right side of that but persistence is everything. I'm really pleased for them."

Matthew George pitched nine strikeouts from his four inning start while Jacob White was equally as good with seven in 2 ⅔ innings. With the bat, George, Noah Rogers and Jordan Hodges had two hits each.

"I was just trying to put the ball in play. Not trying to strike out and just do something for my team," Hodges said.  

"Never give up. Every little thing counts."

It was a hit-fest in the bottom of the seventh thanks to George's lead-off double and singles to Boyd Worden, Jay Couzner and Jet Clohessy.

Without any outs the Pirates continued to close the gap through an RBI single from Rogers and when Sebastian Heintze-Unger scored it was only a one-run game. Then Cooper Mitchell tied it with his RBI single.

Rogers nearly scored the winner but was tagged out at home on a charging run but the Pirates only had to wait minutes before White hit into a fielder's choice and Mitchell scored easily from third.

Ahead of tomorrow's game with Southern Mariners, Sperling is feeling pretty confident.

"We've got some arms and some depth and if you want to be any good in this competition you gotta have that," he said.

"Now it's game on for some other guys."

Monday morning action has the Pirates playing Southern Mariners at 9.15AM on Diamond 1, with that game streamed live on ABLtv.com. The Waves then tackle Northern Metros at 2.30PM on Diamond 2.

Adelaide Waves 14, Brisbane Metro 11

The Adelaide Waves grabbed an early 8-2 lead and held on for dear life in an 14-11 win over Brisbane Metro on Sunday evening.

It was a hit-fest left, right and centre. Brisbane collected 16 hits while Adelaide collected 14. 

A great bend-but-don't-break attitude from Brisbane Metro made it a game. They systematically cut down the lead to 8-5 heading into the fifth. But Adelaide responded. Ethan Dawson and Jamie Vidale had two singles before they were moved around by a double from Tyson Schunke and a triple from Archie Lovelock. The Waves scored four runs in the inning to surge to a commanding 12-5 lead. 

But it wasn't over. Brisbane continued to drive forward.

Caylan Van Hilst and Jacson Grounds each had a pair of RBIs to cut the lead down to 12-10 and make the Adelaide Waves supporters sweat.

Adelaide added two more needed insurance runs in the seventh to make it 14-10, thanks to more clutch hitting from Schunke.

Adelaide did an excellent job of sharing the wealth. 11 different Waves players had base hits in the game, including three players with multiple hits. 

The Waves play the Northern Metros tomorrow at 2:30PM on the back diamond. The Metros were robbed of a victory after being walked off by Cronulla earlier in the day.

STANDINGS (Top 2 From Each Advance)

Pool B

Cronulla 1-0
Adelaide Waves 1-0
Northern Metros 0-1
Brisbane Metro 0-1 

Pool C

Adelaide Pirates 1-0
Southern Mariners 1-0
Ryde 0-1
Central Firebirds 0-1

 

 

 

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