New Zealand beats Australia in ISF Junior World Championship

Written by Bob on July 11th, 2014

WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CA – In what figured to be an important first-round match up between two of the world’s top junior men’s (age-19 under) fastpitch teams, New Zealand beat its long-time rival Australia 5-1 Friday afternoon at Pepsi Centre in Whitehorse in the first day of the 10th ISF Junior Men’s World Championship.

The Temperzone Junior Black Sox got a first-inning solo home run from Vincent Harris, and another solo blast from Te Kahul Bishop in the third to take a 2-1 lead.

New Zealand added another run in the inning, and two more in the fourth on Eruera Drage’s RBI triple, and Bishop’s (2 for 2) run-scoring single to hold off Australia.

The Aussie Colts tied the game (1-1) when Tyrell Priestley (1 for 2) hit an inside drop ball over the left-field fence off Blake Radford in the third.

But that was all the runs the Colts would get off the right-handed Radford who went four innings to pick up the win. Bradford relied on a hard-breaking drop ball with an occasional change-up to beat Australia, which has won four of the past five world championships (2008, 2005, 2001, 1997).

Drage relieved Radford (3 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts) in the top of the fifth. The left-hander was dominant, allowing no hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

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