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Sox prepare for playoffs in style
Sydney collects franchise record 27 hits in Adelaide
01/19/2019 6:25 AM ET
Sydney's Jack Murphy homered for the third time this season (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Sydney's Jack Murphy homered for the third time this season (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Sydney has tuned up for the 2019 Playoffs presented by Boral by hammering Adelaide 20-8 in their Brut Australian Baseball League series finale at West Beach on Saturday night.

The Sox recorded a franchise record 27 hits, a night after notching a season-high 18, in an impressive offensive display.

However, Sydney (25-15) will be scoreboard watching on Sunday after a series split with the Bite (19-21) left it needing Geelong-Korea to upset Brisbane in the final game of the regular seson.

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All nine Sox starters had multi-hit games as the visitors' offence ran riot in support of starter Josh Guyer.

After suffering a defeat in game one of the doubleheader on Saturday, Sydney stuck early taking a 3-0 lead off Bite starter Greg Mosel.

Adelaide rallied back in the back in the bottom of the fourth, with shortstop Curtis Mead's RBI single cutting Sydney's lead to one.

It was the closest Adelaide would get with Sydney scored two runs in the fifth, and eight runs in the eighth putting the game away.  

Sydney then heaped more misery on Adelaide with a further seven runs in the ninth inning including Gift Ngoepe's mammoth home run to centre fielder off Bite reliever Ryan Duncan.

Ngoepe had four hits along with catcher Jack Murphy who also had a big night at the plate with four hits and three RBI including a two-run homer off Mosel in the second inning.

Blue Sox righty Guyer capped his impressive regular season by picking up his equal-ABL leading seventh victory.

The 24 year-old allowed just three runs (two earned) in six innings of three hit ball while walking two and striking out three.

It was a disappointing end to the season for Adelaide, who missed an opportunity to finish the season with a series win.

Mitch Edwards finished his excellent season with a grand slam in the ninth as Adelaide restored some respectability to the score.

The Bite also farewelled veteran infielder and game record holder Stefan Welch who announced his retirement from the ABL pregame.

Welch singled in his last at-bat to a standing ovation from the home crowd in one of few bright spots on the night for Adelaide.

Sydney will now await its playoff fate.

Stay tuned for more information on the 2019 Playoffs presented by Boral following the conclusion of tomorrow's games.

 

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