The Auckland Tuatara completed their first ever series win on New Zealand soil after beating the Canberra Cavalry 4-2 in the series finale on Sunday.
Former major league pitcher Josh Collmenter didn’t have his best stuff but managed to work through a couple of innings while giving up two runs courtesy of a Jerrick Suiter home run in the second inning.
But Elliot Johnstone and Emerson Martinez combined to throw five scoreless innings and secure the team victory.
Earlier a three-run rally in the bottom of the second gave the home side the lead that they would maintain throughout the contest. Third baseman Josh Morgan and outfielder Kim Won-seok drove in runs for the Tuatara.
“It is great to get our first ever win on New Zealand soil,” manager Stephen Mintz said.
“We will never be able to put out our top line-up but we’ve had changes forced upon us through the first couple of weeks.
“We knew this line-up was capable of producing and I think we started to see that ability come to the fore in this series.
“Hopefully it is the start of something.”
The Tuatara improve to 4-8 and head to Brisbane Thursday for a four-game series against the Bandits.