MARCH 7 - 14, Taichung, TAIWAN
“GÜT” ENOUGH –
Box Score - By Innings
The Australian baseball team has won their opening game of the IBAF Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament in
The heavily favoured Aussies were not at their best against their fledgling European counterparts, but did just enough to come away with the all-important first win.
South Australian Paul Mildren started on the mound and earned the win for the Aussies less than 48 hours after arriving in
Mildren, who was making his first appearance for
“I thought we pitched pretty well today and there were a lot of positives with our defence,” Deeble said.
“I would have liked it if we had swung the bats a little better, but all in all it was good to come away with a win.”
The Australians faced an early scare in the bottom half of the first when German catcher Kai Gronauer belted a two-out double off the leftfield wall driving in Dominik Wulf - posting the Germans a surprise 1-0 lead.
But Australia bounced back quickly when
The offence continued to roll over the next two frames as Glenn Williams, Luke Hughes and
That would be all the run support Mildren would require, as the left hander finished the evening firing five innings, allowing just four hits and striking out seven.
Mildren then handed the reigns to West Australian
While the first up win is the ideal start towards Olympic qualification, the real test for the Aussies will come when they face off against tournament favourites
The teams were split in their two meetings last November during the 2007 World Cup, and a win against
The Game against