Baseball: Auckland Tuatara comfortably beaten by Sydney Blue Sox in doubleheader

Kris Richards was effective at the plate for the Tuatara.
Kris Richards was effective at the plate for the Tuatara. Photo credit: Photosport

The Auckland Tuatara have fallen to another two heavy defeats at the hands of the Sydney Blue Sox at McLeod Park on Saturday.

After being dispatched 9-1 in the series opener on Friday, the hosts fell to comprehensive losses in the second and third games by scorelines of 7-1 and 5-1 respectively to give Sydney an unassailable 3-0 lead heading into Sunday's final encounter.

Despite the best efforts of Tuatara pitcher Kyle Glogoski, the Blue Sox were too strong in Saturday's opening contest.

The Sydneysiders lead from start to finish, with a seventh-inning collision at home plate with Tuatara catcher Kuo Chun-Wei allowing three runs in to seal the win.

The Tuatara fared little better in the second match of the double-header, conceding a 4-0 lead to Sydney in the opening inning.

Canadian relieving pitcher Brandon Marklund battled hard from the mound to limit the damage as the game progressed, but it was ultimately too little too late.

Kris Richards was the pick of the Auckland players, with a hand in both of the team's runs.

Game four will get underway Sunday at 3pm.