In yet another dramatic finish, the Aussie Spirit pulled off a come-from-behind victory over the Philippines in Game 6 of their World Cup game in Oklahoma City.
This time the hero was Georgia Blair, whose sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Clare Warwick to give the Aussies their second walk-off win of the day after the extra-inning win over China.
The 3-2 win was Australia’s fifth victory in six games, with the only loss coming against the USA in Game 4.
The game against the Philippines was a true pitchers’ duel, with hits hard to come by. Vanessa Stokes pitched five innings, allowing just four hits and two walks, with three strikeouts. Kaia Parnaby pitched the last two innings and totally dominated, striking out all six batters she faced.
The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning, when Stacey Porter led off with a single, advanced to second on an error and scored on Jade Wall’s double to give the Spirit a 1-0 lead.
The Philippines hit back in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly and an RBI single to lead 2-1.
Staring at defeat in the bottom of the seventh, the Australians found something extra. Wall singled and went to second on Warwick’s single. That spelled the end for Philippines pitcher Mary Ann Antolihao, who had been brilliant for six innings but was replaced by Sierra Lange.
After Taylah Tsitsikronis reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases, Carmelle Sorensen was hit by a pitch to force in Wall with the game-tying run. Blair then hit an 0-1 pitch deep enough for Warwick to score and give the Australians another walk-off win.
The tournament reaches its climax tomorrow. Australia play Puerto Rico in an early game, with the rest of the day’s schedule to be determined by results of other games.