Team Australia punch #U23WorldCup ticket
23/04/2022 1 Minute Read

Team Australia punch #U23WorldCup ticket

Team Australia secured its passage to the 2022 WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan on Saturday night.

Rory Spletter drove in five runs as Australia topped New Zealand 12-1 in game two of the best-of-three WBSC Oceania U-23 World Cup Qualifier in Canberra.

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A seven-run third proved decisive as Team Australia broke the game open.

Spletter’s sacrifice fly scored Dermot Fritsch (single) to hand Australia a first-inning lead.

Team Australia then batted around in the top of the third – playing as the away team – to go 8-0 up.

John Lemm’s two-run single opened the inning scoring after Australia loaded the bases.

Bradley Griffin backed it up with a second-straight two-run single.

Nicolas Hawkins delivered an RBI-single before Spletter capped off the big inning with a two-run double.

South Australia Darcy Barry singled to put the green and gold up by nine runs in the fourth.

A Brent Iredale double in the fifth made it 10-0 ahead of a two-run single from Spletter in the sixth after New Zealand tallied its sole run of the night.

Spletter finished 3-for-4.

Fritsch and Hawkins each had two hits.

Australia received a strong start from Zak Elvy.

He struck out three in three innings.

Bailey-Jay Cooke tossed a scoreless fourth ahead of Miller Bell punching out four in two innings.

Game three is slated for midday on Sunday.