BANDITS’ MAN: Brisbane Bandits pitcher Tim Atherton in action against the Sydney Blue Sox in game two of the series at Albert Park, Lismore, on Saturday.
BANDITS’ MAN: Brisbane Bandits pitcher Tim Atherton in action against the Sydney Blue Sox in game two of the series at Albert Park, Lismore, on Saturday. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Blue Sox win in a thriller

KEVIN Jordan was left rueing the difference a few centimetres can make after seeing his Brisbane Bandits side lose out in an exciting end to top-class Lismore baseball action.

In a thrilling finish, the Sydney Blue Sox took the third game of the Australian Baseball League (ABL) series at Albert Park witha hard-fought 3-2 win.

The Bandits went into their last innings trailing by one, and put two on base with some canny hitting.

Brad Dutton then blasted a drive but it went straight to a Sydney fielder, preventing any runs being scored.

"Just a couple of feet (either way) and it would have been past the fielder," manager Jordan said wryly.

"Would we have done anything differently? I don't think so.

"Everyone in the dugout was confident that it was the right play.

"It was a close situation.

"Someone had to win and someone had to lose.

"Unfortunately, we lost out tonight."

The tight contest concluded a competitive two days of action between the two sides over Friday and Saturday.

As well as points towards ABL standings, both teams were fighting for the Bill O'Sullivan Trophy, named in honour of the Lismore baseball stalwart.

The Blue Sox claimed the first game of the series on Friday night 8-3.

Veteran pitcher Chris Oxspring inspired the win, allowing three runs, just one earned, on seven hits and striking out three.

The Blue Sox scored three runs in the second, two in the third and a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings to seal the win.

It was a different story in game two, with the Bandits fighting back to win 3-2.

Cody Clark proved the key man for the Bandits, launching a two-run home run in the sixth innings that proved decisive.

Blue Sox manager Jason Pospishil felt his side's vast all-round experience had been crucial in the decisive moments of game three.

"We are lucky," he said.

"We have a lot of players who have experience of professional baseball.

"We had 100% confidence in that situation that they could come through.

"I am really proud to have got my hands on the cup."

A fourth game between the teams was played on the Gold Coast yesterday.



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