Aussies savour fa­mous US win

Mercury (Hobart) - - BASEBALL, BOXING -

AUS­TRALIA has scored an up­set 2-1 win over the United States at the Premier12 base­ball tour­na­ment in Tokyo.

The Amer­i­cans had a 9-0 record over Aus­tralia at World Cup and Olympic tour­na­ments.

The his­toric win comes three months af­ter the Boomers also broke a 55year los­ing streak against the United States in men’s bas­ket­ball.

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Aaron White­field hit a tworun sin­gle in the first in­nings of the match off Bos­ton’s Tan­ner Houck. The US was held to four hits, in­clud­ing an eighth-in­ning home run by Oak­land’s Mark Pay­ton off Ryan Searle.

Win­ner Tim Ather­ton al­lowed one hit in 5 1/3 in­nings, and for­mer big lea­guer Peter Moy­lan got two outs.

Jon Kennedy re­tired two bat­ters for the save, in­clud­ing the New York Yan­kees’ Erik

Kratz on a game-end­ing fly­out.

Mex­ico was 3-0 head­ing into its game against Ja­pan later yes­ter­day.

Man­aged by Scott Bro­sius, the US plays Taiwan to­mor­row.

The top fin­isher from the Amer­i­cas qual­i­fies for the Tokyo Olympics next year.

The sec­ond-place fin­isher from the Amer­i­cas goes to a fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment in March or April.

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