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Blue Sox close in on first ABLCS
Sydney starter Alex Maestri works seven scoreless innings
01/25/2019 6:03 AM ET
Dwayne Kemp homered as Sydney took a 1-0 ABLSF lead (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Dwayne Kemp homered as Sydney took a 1-0 ABLSF lead (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Sydney is one win away from its first-ever ABL Championship Series after toppling Perth 7-0 in game one of their ABLSF presented by Boral on Friday night.

Starter Alex Maestri worked seven scoreless innings and the Blue Sox offence added regular runs to strike first in the best-of-three series at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark.


Sydney missed a chance to open the scoring in the first when Heat starter John Anderson worked out of a bases-loaded jam, before taking the lead in the third.

Michael Campbell delivered the first run of the game with an opposite-field single.

Max Brennen extended the Sox lead with a two-run single with two outs.

Dwayne Kemp's lead-off homer in the fifth put Sydney on top 4-0.

Jacob Younis extended the Sox lead with an RBI-single in the sixth after Campbell doubled to start the inning.

Zac Shepherd added a solo homer in the eighth.

Maestri excelled on the mound, despite a second-inning hiccup.

The Italian worked around back-to-back walks to start the inning, setting the platform for Sydney to take the lead in the third.

Maestri retired 12-straight between Jake Bowey's single in the third and a seventh-inning double from Tristan Gray.

He ended up allowing just the two hits and three walks with five strikeouts before being relieved by Ty'Relle Harris.

Harris and Garrett Granitz completed the sixth shutout in ABL playoff history to give the visitors a 1-0 series lead.

The Blue Sox have now won their past six games at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark.

Game two of the ABLSF presented by Boral starts at 7pm (local time) tomorrow.


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