Baseball: Auckland Tuatara survive another scare to extend home win streak

  • 05/01/2020
Kent Blackstone.
Kent Blackstone. Photo credit: Photosport

The Auckland Tuatara have extended their home win streak to 10 games after a nail-biting 9-7 win over Geelong-Korea at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday night. 

The win helped the Tuatara secure another series win with one game remaining while improving their overall record to 15-12 top the northeast division. 

On top of that, Auckland have now surpassed their win total from last year with 13 regular-season games still remaining.

But the Tuatara had to do it the hard way against Geelong-Korea, with another scrappy performance. 

The Tuatara fell behind early as Geelong Korea jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Auckland were quick to respond as runs to Kent Blackstone and Josh Morgan put the home side in front.

But Geelong-Korea wouldn't budge, as they reclaimed the lead, only for Auckland to go back in front, curiosity of Morgan's fourth home run of the season.

That gave Auckland the spark they need to push away, as they ended up leading 9-3 at the end of the third. 

But for the second straight-game, Geelong-Korea launched a light fight back in the closing stages, however, they fell short once again.

Auckland are currently 2.5 games clear top of Canberra in their division, although the Cavalry's record and points totals are yet to be determined after their series against the Adelaide Giants was cancelled due to the Australian bushfires. 

A win on Sunday will see Auckland claim their second successive series sweep at home.