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JUNIOR LEAGUE: Pirates win Adelaide derby; beat Waves 15-13 in a 35 hit thriller
05/31/2018 3:50 AM ET
 

It was wacky, it was wild and it was a classic. The Pirates defeated the Waves 15-13 in a thrilling contest on the back field at the Australian Junior League Championships.

We knew we were in for a classic from the get go when each team traded six runs in their halves of the first inning. 

Jordan Hodges started on the mound for the Pirates and despite a rough first inning, he settled down nicely and pitched a scoreless second, third, fourth and fifth.

It was a total offensive performance from the Pirates. They were led by Sebastian Heintz-Unger who had five hits, and Jet Clohessy who had three hits and four RBIs.

"It was a pretty game, we got heaps of hits which was fun," said Heintz-Unger. "It's really fun to show down against the Waves. They're a really good team. 

Singles to Noah Rogers, Jacob White, Boyd Wardon, Jay Couzner and Clohessy helped bring six home in the first inning for the Pirates. 

But the Waves responded thanks to hits from Ethan Dawson, Patrick Ween, Liam Westdijk, Saxon Gibbs, Josh Beckham and Archie Lovelock. It was a great display of team hitting and indicative of the feisty spirit the Waves showed all week. 

6-6 after one.

Jordan Hodges shut things down on the mound from there. It remained close until the fifth inning. With the score 8-6, Jet Clohessy had a 2RBI single to push the lead to 10-8 and the team never went back from there.

The Pirates added three more in the sixth to make it 15-6 and it proved to be crucial runs because the Waves added a flood of runs on their own.

A Tyson Schunke single scored two runs in the sixth to cut the score to 15-9.

Then, Lachlan Seekamp, Max Stagg and Ethan Dawson had consecutive hits to bring the Waves to 15-11 down.

But the dramatics didn't end there.

With two outs and a runner on, Oscar Weber went yard to bring the Waves within two. Unfortunately that's all they would get and the final score ended 15-13.

"Being so loud on the bench helps us a lot," said Liam Westdijk. "We're the loudest team in the competition and it's all encouraging, all loud and gets in the other people's heads."

There was 35 hits total in the game. 20 different players in the game had a hit in an impressive display for Adelaide baseball.

The Pirates now play in the fifth place game at 12:00PM. The Waves play for seventh at 9:15AM. 

"Finishing fifth would be great for South Australian baseball," said Heintz Unger. 

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