• World Baseball Classic qualifying: South Africa into final

    SYDNEY (AP) — Catcher Kyle Botha’s bases-loaded double in the sixth inning scored three runs to break open a close game and give South Africa a 9-2 win over New Zealand and a spot in Sunday’s final against Australia in a regional World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament.

  • NZealand 17, Philippines 7 at World Baseball qualifier

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia scored three first-inning runs on five hits — including four consecutive hits to start the game — and defeated South Africa 4-1 on Friday to advance to the final of the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament.

  • South Africa beats New Zealand 7-1 at Sydney WBC qualifier

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the final two on a throwing error, to beat the Philippines 11-1 on Thursday in a World Baseball Classic qualifying game shortened by the mercy rule.

  • 1st of 4 WBC qualifying tournaments set for Sydney

    SYDNEY (AP) — The first of four regional qualifiers for next year’s World Baseball Classic begins Thursday with host team Australia aiming to advance to the final 16 and improve on its poor record in past tournaments.