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#AJLC2018: George strikes out nine and Pirates bring the bats in 13-0 win; Waves rally late but fall
06/01/2018 12:05 AM ET
 

The Waves and Pirates finished their tournament play at the 2018 Australian Junior League Championships.

Both teams grew as the week went on and have plenty of positives to hold their heads on. 

The future of South Australian is bright!

Adelaide Pirates 13, Southern Mariners 0 - 5th place game

The Adelaide Pirates secured fifth place in the 2018 Australian Junior League Championships with a thorough 13-0 beat down of Victoria's Southern Mariners.

Leading the charge was starting pitcher Matty George. The Northern Districts pitcher rolled through the line up amassing 9 strike outs and allowing just three hits in a five-inning shutout effort.

"I knew they were a good hitting team," said George after the game. "One of their players hit three home runs in a game so it was nice to get them out."

It was some nice redemption for the Pirates who lost 20-10 to the Mariners in pool play. George credits the turnaround to great defense that made the plays when they need to.

The Pirates were relentless on the mound and with the bat. 10 different players combined for 13 hits while Jordy Hodges, Jay Couzner and Matthew George each collected two hits of their own. 

The team effort is shown through the team's nine different players who had a single RBI each.

The Pirates had a successful tournament, improving on last year's ninth place finish with a solid fifth place finish. 

Sebastian Heintz Unger led the team with a .727 batting average over the six games but George was not too far behind with a .625 mark.

George finished the tournament with 9IP with 18 strikeouts and just three runs allowed.

Brisbane Metro 10, Adelaide Waves 9

The Adelaide Waves showed their trademark fighting spirit despite a 10-9 walk off loss to Brisbane Metro in the 7th place game. 

The Waves were behind the eight-ball early when Brisbane player Rhyne Zaryc belted a grand slam in the first inning. 

However, the Waves kept it close the whole game and just did enough to stay in touch. Even when things looked shady, the Waves pulled it together.

With 2-outs, nobody on and the Waves down to their final out, the plucky young side pulled together five straight hits to tie it up at 9-9.

"We just don't give up," said Waves player Archie Lovelock who put it quite simply. 

Tyson Schunke said the attitude of the bench played a big part in the comeback.

"It's all about being loud and being positive and encouraging everyone," said Schunke of the Waves' positive attitude. "You have to tell everyone to talk it out, get loud and get everyone pumped up."

The Waves had 11 hits in the game with Zac Becker, Oscar Weber, Max Stagg and Jamie Vidale each racking up multiple hits in the game. 

The Waves were impressive with their hitting all week. 

"We hit the ball pretty well all tournament. We swung pretty early and just hit it well," said Schunke.

Lovelock was one of the stars of the week, finishing with a .615 average and four RBIs. 

"I was a bit suprised to be honest. I was seeing the ball really well," said Lovelock.

Now the Waves, fresh off an eighth place finish at Nationals, will return to club ball and get ready for a summer of baseball. 

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