Baseball: Auckland Tuatara end inaugural season with first series win

Jimmy Boyce.
Jimmy Boyce. Photo credit: Photosport

The Auckland Tuatara finished their debut Australian Baseball League season in style by securing their first series victory after an 8-4 win in the second match of their double-header against the Melbourne Aces.

The Tuatara and Aces split Saturday's double-header - with the Melbourne outfit winning the early game 4-2 before the Tuatara, behind starter Jimmy Boyce, won the second match to end their inaugural season on a positive note.

Auckland native Boyce was tremendous for the Tuatara. He threw more than 100 pitches to carry his side to victory.

The Tuatara took a second-inning lead on Zach Clark's two-run homer, and the visitors never looked back at Melbourne Ballpark.

Infielder Taylor Snyder also played a significant role in the win. He smacked a three-run homer to left centre in the fourth inning, while he also came up with some big plays in the field.

Auckland added runs in the seventh and eighth innings to secure the 8-4 win.

Earlier two sides battled hard in the first match of the double-header before the Aces blew it open in the top of the fifth when they scored four runs.

The Tuatara responded with a couple of runs in the bottom of the sixth, but ultimately went down 4-2.

The result means Auckland won the series 3-1 after 2-1 and 5-3 wins on Friday.

The series victory ensures the Tuatara finish their first season with a 14-26 record.