Baseball: Auckland Tuatara break franchise record in series-sealing win over Sydney

Jonny Homza became the first Tuatara to have a five-hit night.
Catcher Jonny Homza had five hits in the win. Photo credit: Photosport

Auckland Tuatara have secured another series win, annihilating the Sydney Blue Sox in a record-breaking win on Sydney. 

The Tuatara were unstoppable, as they claimed a 16-2 win - their biggest in franchise history and also the most runs scored in a match.

Their run tally bettered their best of 11 scored on two previous occasions, while they also picked up their biggest win to better an 11-2 victory over Geelong Korea last season.

The win was made more special, falling on the same day that former Tuatara infielder Ryan Costello had his memorial service. 

Costello, 23, passed away in his sleep just days before the season started, sending shockwaves around the baseball community. 

"We had Ryan Costello's memorial service in Connecticut today, so we felt this was a fitting way to send Ryan off," said Tuatara manager Steve Mintz. 

"For all this to happen on the same day, I like to think the Lord knows what's going on.

"We're super happy. We've kept Ryan close to our hearts this season." 

Despite the big scoreline, the match got off to a slow start with three scoreless innings. 

The Tuatara broke free in the fourth to plate five runs and then scored at least one run in each remaining innings. 

Catcher Jonny Homza became the first Tuatara to have a five-hit night, driving in a run and scoring three times.

In his final game for the club, Josh Morgan batted in four runs, while Yonny Hernandez, Josh McAdams and Max Brown drove in a pair of runs each.

In all, the Tuatara line-up had 20 hits, with all but one Auckland player recording a hit for the game.

The Tuatara (19-13) maintained their spot atop the ladder, 4.5 games ahead of Brisbane Bandits and Canberra Cavalry, who they play over the next fortnight.

Assuming the bushfires ravaging Australia don't intervene, the Tuatara will stay in Australia and head to Canberra on Wednesday to start a four-game series against the Cavalry on Thursday night.