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Sox offence fires to level series
Sydney starter Craig Anderson tosses complete game
01/18/2019 6:16 AM ET
Sydney's Trent D'Antonio had four hits (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Sydney's Trent D'Antonio had four hits (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Sydney has moved one step closer to clinching a home playoff series, overpowering Adelaide 12-2 in their Brut Australian Baseball League matchup at West Beach on Friday night.

The Blue Sox (24-14) offence responded after being shutout on Thursday night to help down the Bite (18-20) and maintain its one game lead in the tight North-East Division.


The catalyst of the victory for Sydney was a six-run fourth inning capped by a two-run double by shortstop Gift Ngoepe to chase Adelaide starter Kurt Heyer from the contest.

Ngoepe had three hits and three RBIs and was one of six Blue Sox hitters with a multi-hit night.

Sydney outfielder Trent D'Antonio also provided a spark at the top of the order having four hits and falling a triple short of the cycle.

D'Antonio hit a solo home run in the second to give Sydney starter Craig Anderson a lead he never relinquished.

Making his final ABL regular season start, lefty Anderson tossed his eighth ABL complete game.

He gave up just two runs on seven hits whilst walking one and striking out four Bite hitters.

The ABL veteran outpitched Adelaide right-hander Heyer who struggled in his final start of the season.

Heyer allowed eight runs (seven earned) on ten hits whilst striking out two before leaving in the fourth inning.

Bite catcher Mitchell Edwards continued his great late-season form with a two hit night including an RBI-single in the eighth.

The series concludes with a double header on Saturday with Adelaide looking to finish its season on a positive note and damage Sydney's chances of a home Semi-Final Series presented by Boral.

First pitch for game one is scheduled for 4pm (local time) and will be a seven inning contest, before the Bite's season-finale at 7.20pm.


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