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Two South Australian teams advance to Quarter Finals at AJLC - Recaps, Interviews and Schedule
05/29/2018 4:27 AM ET
 

The South Australian baseball community is celebrating after seeing both their Australian Junior League charter teams advance to the Quarter Finals. 

The Waves finished second in Group B while the Pirates finished second in Group C. 

Each team will now play in the Final 8 and are still alive to be crowned Australian Junior League Champion. The winner of this 16-team national tournament will represent Australia at the Senior League World Series in Michigan, USA in August.

Read our recaps of each of the games below. 

The schedule for SA's team for Wednesday is as follows. All games will be on ABL.TV but we encourage all supporters to head to West Beach to cheer on our boys.

9:15AM - Adelaide Pirates vs. Hills or Twins
5:30PM - Adelaide Waves vs. Swan Hills Aces.

Cronulla 9, Adelaide Waves 8

The Waves needed to either beat Cronulla or lose by just one run to advance to the knockout portion of the tournament. 

In a tense finish, the Waves did exactly that - lose by one run - in a game that was nervewracking start to finish.

Max Stagg was the hero in what was a big team effort across the board. Stagg had three hits and a huge shutdown sixth and seventh inning to advance Adelaide to the next round. 

The Waves held a lead for most of the game. In fact they scored the first four runs of the game. But Cronulla clawed their way back. 

It was punctuated by a massive sixth inning to pull themselves up 9-6 and put them on the verge of moving on to the next round.

The feisty Waves came through with some clutch two out hitting in the sixth. They left it late, but got it done.

First it was Max Stagg who doubled in a run to cut the deficit to 9-7. Then Lachlan Seekamp drove in Stagg from second with a hit of his own to make it 9-8. 

That set the stage for a nerve-wracking last inning. 

Cronulla was pressing and looking to stretch lead to put them in a position to advance. Max Stagg, who had three hits with the bat, was left on the mound to close it out. He got Cronulla to go down in order to preserve the one run lead. 

And the rest is history. The Waves are off to the Quarter Finals thanks to a one run win. They won even though they lost.



Coach Burke Weber said he is really proud of this group of young men.

"I think they're the best and loudest group out here. They're having a lot of fun. I think it's clear we have a lot of fight," he says.

Weber added that everyone is making a contribution to this plucky Waves team.

"There a good bunch of kids and nobody wants to show up anyone else. Our bench guys have been awesome and really picked up [everyone's] spirits," he says. 

They finish the group stage with a record of 2-1 and finish second in Pool B. They will face Pool D winners Swan Hills Aces at 5:30PM on Wednesday evening.  

"They're a good ball club," says Weber. "No matter who we play though we have to keep our spirits up on the park." 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CRNL 0 3 0 0 2 4 0 9 12 5
ADLW 4 0 1 0 1 2 0 8 9 4

Adelaide Pirates 16, Central Firebirds 6 (5 innings)

On paper this looked like a very close match up with everything on the line. The winner advances to the Final 8 with the loser relegated to the knockout stage.

Boy, did the Pirates come out firing.

The Pirates crossed the plate six times in the opening inning to put pressure on the Firebirds. 

Their opponent responded by putting two up in the third inning but the Pirates slammed the door shut by scoring four in the bottom of the inning to cruise to an easy 10-2 lead.

From there it was all formalities, with the Pirates rolling to a 16-6 mercy rule win.

Jude Barker was dominant on the mound and struck out eight in his first three innings pitched.

"It was really intense out there," he sad. "We had to fight the rain and the wind and the dust but the boys played well."

What was most impressive was how much of a team effort was put forward by the young Pirates. The team scattered 16 hits across 4.2 innings of batting spread around nine batters.

Matty George drove in the winning run to cap off a 4/4 day with five RBIs. Barker, Cooper Mitchell, Jet Clohessy and Jacob White each had multi-hit games in the win.

"We came out aggressively and played a great game," said coach Andrew Sperling. "I'm really proud of them."

Jude Barker says he is happy to be part of the Pirates.

"It's a really great experience and fun to do this with everyone," he said.

The Pirates play the winner of Pool A on Wednesday at 9:15AM. 


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2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
PRTH 0 0 2 0 4 X X 6 7 3
ADLP 6 0 4 5 1 X X 16 15 3

 

 

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