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Blue Sox end season with thrilling win
Hoskins drives in four; Lundgren dazzles in final start
01/24/2016 4:42 AM ET
Alex Howe drove in the game-winning runs in the seventh inning.
Alex Howe drove in the game-winning runs in the seventh inning. (JOE VELLA - SMP IMAGES / ABL MEDIA)

SYDNEY - The CompassMarkets.com Sydney Blue Sox ended the 2015/16 Australian Baseball League season with a bang, outlasting the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces 10-8 in a back-and-forth contest at Blacktown International Sportspark. With the win, the Blue Sox (26-29) won the three-game set 2-1.

The Blue Sox got on the board early and often, scoring seven runs combined across the first two innings. Rhys Hoskins got the scoring started in the opening frame, driving home Alex Howe for the first run of the game. Hoskins came up big for the home side in the bottom of the second frame, clearing the bases with a double that put Sydney up even further.

But the Aces (20-35) didn't relent, rallying in the middle of the game with runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Melbourne's rally came to a climax in the seventh inning, when they tied the score at 7-7 and took an 8-7 lead on back-to-back-to-back RBI singles by Josh Davies, Liam Bedford and Keith Curcio.

However, the Blue Sox battled back in the bottom of the frame, tying the game on Michael Quesada's RBI single and then taking a 10-8 lead when Howe came up the hero, driving in two runs on a bases-loaded hit to centre field.

Though he didn't factor into the final decision, veteran hurler Wayne Lundgren was stellar in his final ABL start. The retiring All-Star tossed 5.1 innings of seven-hit, three-run baseball and striking out seven while walking just one. When he left the game in the top of the sixth inning, the Blue Sox faithful gave him a long ovation in acknowledgement of his great career.

The Blue Sox conclude the 2015/16 ABL season with an overall record of 26-29, good for fourth place on the league ladder. While wrapping up this season, the club also looks to next season, with full and half-season memberships on sale now at sydneybluesox.com.au or by calling the Blue Sox office at 02 9675 6872.

Baseball isn't over yet at Blacktown International Sportspark, which will host the World Baseball Classic Qualifier this 11-14 February. The tournament features Team Australia facing off against the national baseball teams of the Philippines, South Africa and New Zealand for a spot in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the world's premier international baseball tournament. More information on the event can be found at theabl.com.au/wbcqsydney.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.