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South Aussies use "total team effort" to beat defending champions
04/30/2018 9:32 PM ET
 (Laura Bond)

 

South Australia are showing how deep and talented they are. 

The hosts used a "total team effort" to pick apart New South Wales 5-0 to win their second game of the Australian School Sport Championships.

For the second straight game every player in South Australia's starting line-up reached at least once and five different players scored. South Australia has played 16 innings in the tournament and has allowed no runs. They've had a runner on base in all but one inning. 

"We've played really well so far," says head coach Scott Gladstone, an Adelaide Bite alumni. "We've got an even contribution from all the guys."

South Aussie southpaw Kynan Skein carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and kept a dangerous New South Wales team who had scored 17 runs in a game on Monday in check.

It's a significant win for South Australia who move to 2-0 and in first place. New South Wales are the defending champion and many pick them to repeat. 

"Writing line ups every night there are pieces of the puzzles every where," he says. "Even guys that didn't play one game will step into the next and do really well."

Skein delivered another solid pitching performance for the hosts who have yet to allow a run in the tournament.

While Skein didn't strike anybody out he consistently pounded the strike zone, mixed up his pitches and jammed a strong New South Wales team.

"We're a strike throwing team," says Gladstone. "That's our game. Just worry about ourselves and throw strikes."

Behind Skein was a superb South Aussie defense. Jacob Scott finished the game in relief by throwing 1.2 shutout innings.

South Australia got on the board in the first thanks to an opportunistic Curtis Mead. Despite a ground ball to third, Mead put his head down and hustled out an infield single. He later stole second and then scored from there with some aggressive base running from second base. 

Adelaide threatened by putting runners on in the second and third innings but could not cash in. 

While Adelaide threatened in the early going, New South Wales did not. Young lefty starter Kynan Skein rolled through the first two innings against a side that put up 17 runs in one game yesterday.

He was helped by some excellent defense and there was no bigger play than a diving catch from Jasper Clark in right field to end the third.

Casey McLeod gave South Australia a jolt in the fourth by leading off with a triple. A single from Brock Keding cashed him in to give SA a bit of breathing room. The good times kept rolling when Seeichiro Suzuki put up South Australia's second triple of the inning to score two runs. The big fourth inning effort chased NSW starter Josh Pearl.

South Australia added another run in the fifth to push the lead to 5-0 thanks to some wild New South Wales pitching.

While Gladstone is happy with the start he says that he is the team's biggest critic and is looking for ways to improve.

"We worked on base running a lot in the pre-tournament trainings and we haven't been as clean as we wanted," he says. "We'll be looking to improve in that area."

South Australia don't have long to rest. They play at midday vs. Victoria at Glenelg. The Victorians beat Queensland on Tuesday morning at sit at 2-1. The winner of that game all but secures a place in the Top 3.

STANDINGS - MIDWAY THROUGH DAY 2

1. South Australia 2-0
2. New South Wales 2-1
3. Victoria 2-1
4. Western Australia 1-1
5. Queensland 0-2
6. ACT 0-2

NEXT GAME 

Victoria vs. South Australia, 12PM - Glenelg. Live scoring: https://sabaseballscorers.com.au/stats/sb/2018/ssa_games_menu.htm

OTHER SCORES (MONDAY)

Victoria 5, Queensland 4

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