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DAY 2 at AJLC: Waves win a thriller, Pirates fall late - Recaps, Scenarios and Standings
05/28/2018 5:03 AM ET
 

RECAP: Southern Mariners 20 - Adelaide Pirates 10 (6 innings)

It was close until the sixth inning when the Southern Mariners pulled away but the scrappy Pirates showed their heart and determination once again.

Fresh off an 8-7 walk-off opening win over Ryde Hawks where the team scored six in the last, the Pirates couldn't quite find the same mojo but there were some positives.

The Pirates went down 8-2 early in this game but fought back to tie it up at 8 with a five run fourth. That inning had many producers as Bradly Przibila, Jacob White, Lucas Burnell, Jay Couzner and Cooper Mitchell powered the side with RBIs.

But the Southern Mariners were too much. Nick Bertucci had three home runs for the Mariners, including one in the fifth inning, to re-establish a big lead. The Pirates were also foiled by James Lynch who struck out eight in his three inning start. He hit a home run in the fifth inning as well. 

The Pirates were in striking distance in the sixth entering the inning down just 12-10 but the Mariners piled it on and scored eight runs to run away with a mercy rule victory. 

Sebastian Heintz-Unger had two of the Pirates' five hits and Jordan Hodges was excellent on the mound to start the game allowing just three runs in 2.2 innings. 

Next up for the Pirates is a 2:30PM game vs. the Central Firebirds. The Western Australia side beat Ryde late on Monday night to push their record to 1-1. 

That leaves a massive showdown tomorrow afternoon to determine the fate of the Pirates in this tournament. If the Pirates beat the Central Firebirds they will finish second in Pool B and play the winner of Pool A at 9:15AM on Wednesday morning. 

If they fall they will go compete in the consolation bracket. 

POOL C STANDINGS

Southern Mariners (2-0)
Adelaide Pirates (1-1)
Central Firebirds (1-1)
Ryde Hawks (0-2)

RECAP: Adelaide Waves 11, Northern Metros 9

A seven-run fifth inning propelled the Adelaide Waves to an 11-9 win over Northern Metros today, keeping their quarterfinal hopes on track with a 2-0 record.

Catching the whole game, Oscar Weber led all on ground with four hits and scored twice, with coaching advice playing a big part (especially when the coach is his dad, Burke Weber). 

"Batting they just say put the ball in play and catching just stay tight behind the plate," Weber said.

"The goal is to win this thing but play hard basically."

It was a seesaw afair from the start. The Waves grabbed an early lead only to see the Metros snatch it back. 

After an exciting opening to the game and three strikeouts to starter Patrick Ween - who's sidearm action caught the eye of fans, the Metros led 4-3 after three innings. 

A big RBI double to Tyson Schunke then kick started a hot fifth with RBI singles to Jamie Vidale, Angus Catt, Josh Beckham and Stagg turning it into a 10-4 ballgame as the Waves just kept piling on the runs - and the pressure.

But the Metros pushed back. They scored four runs thanks to a great string of hits to make it 10-8 after five innings setting up a tense finish.

Enter some clutch relief pitching from the Waves.

Pitcher Max Stagg came in the game and threw 1.2 innings in the fifth and sixth to hold off the Metros. Each team traded a run which made it 11-9 entering the bottom of the seventh and a dangerous part of the order coming up.

Archie Lovelock took an amazing diving grab in left field to get the first out. Then Zac Becker threw absolute gas and struck out the next two batters to seal the game. 

"It was getting pretty intense. I knew I had to throw strikes and just pound the zone," Stagg said.

"It's pretty good [being in the dugout]. All the boys getting around each other with lots of intensity in voice."

A late RBI double to Liam Westdijk and two strikeouts from Becker sealed the deal in a thrilling finish.

Everything is still on the line tomorrow, however, when the Waves take on Cronulla at 12PM live on ABLtv.com. If Cronulla win and Brisbane Metro defeat Northern Metros then three teams will be tied at 2-1 and runs allowed will play a big part in determining which side makes it from Pool B. 

The scenarios and standings are below. 

POOL B STANDINGS

Adelaide Waves (2-0, 20 runs allowed)
Brisbane Metro (1-1, 15 runs allowed)
Cronulla (1-1, 22 runs allowed)
Northern Metros (0-2, 22 runs allowed) 

Adelaide Waves can clinch a spot in quarter finals with:

  1. Waves beat Cronulla

    OR 
     
  2. Northern Metros beat Brisbane Metro

    OR 
     
  3. A three way tie at 2-1 with Brisbane and Cronulla where the two teams with least runs allowed advance in the tiebreaker. 

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