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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Davis

Australia through to World Baseball Classic quarter finals after defeating the Czech Republic

The Aussies defeated the Czech Republic earlier today.

Australia have made history after locking in their spot in the World Baseball Classic quarter finals for the first time, following an 8-3 win over the Czech Republic earlier this afternoon.

The win sees the Aussie's 3 wins and 1 loss clinching second position in their pool, finishing just below homeside team Japan who failed to play a game that wasn't sold out. Japan was the only hurdle team Australia couldn't overcome as they went down 1-7 in last night's head-to-head.

Alex Hall got Australia off to a dream start, starting off the scoring with a homerun that was 7 rows from the back of the Tokyo Dome.

Brisbane boy Logan Wade managed to hit a two-run double in the seventh inning, which was the momentum boost that his team needed.

Australia turned on the afterburners and kept the scoreboard ticking over in their favour, securing victory.

Pool A had an interesting finish with all five countries finishing with 2 wins 2 losses and having to be decided all on percentage, resulting in Cuba taking top spot after big wins.

Historically, Australia has managed only 2 wins in their 4 World Baseball Classic appearances which they more than doubled this year with wins against South Korea, China and now the Czech Republic - which has delighted baseball fans all over the country.

Darryl George spoke to reporters after his team's win, saying that they were "massive underdogs, nobody expects anything of us."

"We're not surprised though...we had such good preparation coming in."

The win gives the Aussies a spot in the Quarter Finals this Wednesday against Cuba, who finished first in Pool A.

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