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Blue Sox walk off, take series lead
Younis walked following 11 pitch at bat to seal thrilling win
12/29/2018 4:02 AM ET
Sydney outfielder Michael Campbell had three hits (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Sydney outfielder Michael Campbell had three hits (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Sydney has overcome a slow start to take down Brisbane 4-3 in the third game of their Brut Australian Baseball League series at Blacktown International Sportspark.

In one of the most suspenseful finishes of the 2018/19 season, Jacob Younis faced 11 pitches with the bases loaded before Matt Timms finally walked him to hand the Blue Sox a dramatic win and series lead.

Veteran Craig Anderson struggled early for Sydney, giving up three runs in the second inning.

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Wade Dutton hit an early two-bagger, seeing T.J. Bennett race home to plate Brisbane's first of the night. Shortly after Dutton scored a run of his own off a Logan Wade double.

Wade later reached home plate courtesy of a Ryan Battaglia single to extend the Bandits' early lead to three.

But Sydney hung in the contest.

Joshua Dean singled in the third before Michael Campbell's ground-rule double and a sacrifice bunt from Trent D'Antonio allowed him to score the Sox first run.

Gift Ngoepe was then walked in the fourth and scored on a throwing error from Mitch Ellis on a Jack Murphy groundout.

Anderson also recovered to punch out three in his final four scoreless innings.

Brisbane's Tim Atherton had a solid evening on the mound, striking out two and giving up two runs and three hits from six innings.

Down by one in the bottom of the seventh, with D'Antonio and Michael Campbell on first and second base respectively, Jacob Younis went long and looked to have cleared Brisbane's middle defence.

But a spectacular diving catch from Dutton brought an end to the inning, capping off an impressive night for the 32-year old, who finished with a run and RBI.

The Blue Sox eventually levelled the contest up heading into the final inning when Dwayne Kemp doubled before scoring off a Murphy sacrifice fly.

And when Shen walked to home plate Sydney secured a thrilling win.

The series will go on the line tomorrow afternoon when the two sides face in scorching temperatures at 1pm local time.

 

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