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Sox walk off, return to North-East lead
Max Brennen's bunt single lifts Sydney to doubleheader sweep
01/12/2019 5:59 AM ET
Sydney returned to outright top of the North-East Division (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Sydney returned to outright top of the North-East Division (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Max Brennen's bunt single in the bottom of the ninth lifted Sydney over Auckland and back into the North-East Division outright lead in Saturday night Brut Australian Baseball League action.

Brennen delivered with one out and the scores tied at 1-all in front of a capacity crowd of 2,435 at Blacktown International Sportspark.

Michael Campbell walked before stealing second off a Zac Shepherd bunt before Alex Howe was then intentionally walked, seeing the Blue Sox load the bases.

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The suspense continued to build, however, when Trent D'Antonio grounded into a force out which saw Campbell out at home.

But a bunt from Brennen sent the crowd and Blue Sox players into delirium as Sydney bagged their second win of the series to regain top spot in the North-East division.

Saturday night's contest was a pitching contest early with the first run only coming in the bottom of the fifth.

After hitting a single, Michael Campbell then scored off a Zac Shepherd double to open the scoring.

It topped off a great day for Shepherd, who finished the doubleheader with two runs and two RBIs.

For Auckland, it was right fielder Max Brown who impressed, heading into the final game of the series with three runs, two RBIs and one homer.

And Brown tied things up in the top of the seventh when he scored off a Beau Te Wera Bishop single.

It set up a thrilling finish, with both sides locked at one-all heading into the ninth before Brennen sealed the victory.

Luke Wilkins was faultless on the mound, punching out six from just as many scoreless innings.

Scott Richmond also offered few chances to the Blue Sox attack, striking out four and giving up one run from 6 2/3 innings.

The series goes on the line tomorrow when the two sides face off at 1pm local time.

 

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