Aussies savour famous US win
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.
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.