New Zealand's Diamondblacks have twice been humbled by the Sydney Blue Sox en route to Taiwan for the World Baseball Classic qualifiers later this month.
The Diamondblacks lost a two-game series against the Australian Baseball League outfit by a combined total of 22-5, following up Sunday night's 10-4 defeat with a 12-1 result at the Blacktown International Sportspark.
A three-run home run to JD Williams in the fifth inning and a grand slam from Alessio Angelucci in the eighth led the onslaught for the Blue Sox in last night's second match, the outfielders driving in seven of the team's 12 runs.
New Zealand scored their only run in the first inning off an RBI (run batted in) single from Daniel Lamb-Hunt to score shortstop Alan Schoenberger.
The Diamondblacks will play two games against the Canberra Cavalry, of the Australian Baseball League, on Friday and Saturday before heading on to Taiwan.
Their opening game of the tournament is against the hosts on November 15.
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