The Royals jumped to an early lead, scoring runs in the first [Tony Cevec double] and second [hits to Declan Ferguson, Nathan Picchioni, & double to Josh Meyer].
Spencer Jack, starting on the mound kept the Lions scoreless for 4 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three.
However, the Lions then hit back scoring 2 in the fifth, 1 in the sixth, and 2 in the seventh, with the Royals contributing 3 infield errors to see the score 2-5 at the bottom of the eighth.
The Royals were not done, in the top of the ninth scoring 4 runs off import Freddy Flores from hits to Jake Wonnacott, Nathan Picchioni & Josh Meyer, and 2 walks [Marco Lezaic, Declan Ferguson]. The Royals had grabbed back to lead 6-5.
However, the fairy tale was not to be. In the bottom of the ninth Closer Terry Jeon gave up 2 hits [ a single and a double] walked one batter & contributed a wild pitch to see the Lions win 7-6 in a rain interrupted afternoon at Dingley.
Sandringham 6 runs, 13 hits, 3 errors
Springvale 7 runs 9 hits 2 errors.
The Royals are sixth on the ladder with 7 wins, 9 losses and 11 more rounds after Christmas to complete the 2015-2016 Victorian Summer Baseball Season.
The season takes a break now for Christmas, the Royals resume on January 10 with an away game out at Preston.
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