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Sport Tuatara beat Brisbane to clinch baseball division title

07:05  26 january  2020
07:05  26 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The Auckland Tuatara is a professional baseball team in the Australian Baseball League based in Auckland, New Zealand. They are the only team from New Zealand to compete in the ABL

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Auckland Tuatara have beaten Brisbane Bandits 4-3 to clinch the Northeast Division and set up a date with Melbourne in the Australian Baseball League semi-finals.

Victory over the Bandits - and Canberra losing to Sydney - meant the Tuatara avoided a wildcard playoff game on Tuesday.

On Saturday, they sealed their first playoff bid, beating the Bandits 1-0, and their win in the final game split the series and secured their fate in the semis.

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Tuatara starting pitcher Josh Collmenter gets the strike out to end Brisbane 's third inning. The outfield fences in baseball are usually sturdy structures If they win on Sunday in the final game of the series, they'll finish on top of the Northeast Division and advance straight to the semifinals, but if they lose

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"Nobody wants to play that wildcard game," said Tuatara manager Steve Mintz. "We celebrated last night, but the guys came out today and were ready to compete.

"The culture that we are building here, the guys understand the importance of today. They celebrated last night, but they were here early this morning getting ready."

The Tuatara will host at least one nine-innings playoff game at North Harbour Stadium in the best-of-three series.

The first game is scheduled for Melbourne on Friday, the second in Auckland on Saturday and then decider at North Harbour on Sunday, if needed.

On the other side of the draw, Adelaide will take on the winners of Canberra and Perth in the second semi-final.

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