Australia Beats World Again

For the second consecutive year Team Australia beat the World. Australia got their second hit of the night on a two out single by Trent D’Antonio in the bottom of the ninth. Last year in the All Star game it was D’Antonio that delivered the walk off hit. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and Stefan Welch was the man the Aussies swarmed after his single to right field scored D’Antonio with the game winning run. Two balls skipping past the catcher were critical to the Aussie win.

It was Japanese battery that allowed the Aussies to score their first run without benefit of a hit in the sixth inning. Keisuke Honda issues multiple walks to load the bases. He is replaced by his Japanese teammate Shogo Noda. Noda throws a pitch that skips past catcher Hitoto Komazuki to allow the Aussies to score their first run to tie the game 1-1.

The first hit by Team Australia was in the third inning by Mitch Nilsson. Their next hit would not come until the ninth, when they double their hit total to win the game. Stefan Welch was voted the MVP for the game after his game winning hit.

The World team was also helped by walks to score their only run. Two walks in the fourth inning was followed by a Kevin Padlo sacrifice fly to give the world an early 1-0 lead.

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