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Bandits take the Cavalry at 'The Fort' (6/1/11)
01/07/2011 7:39 AM ET
Rory Rhodes drives in another homer.
Rory Rhodes drives in another homer. (Warren Keir (SMP Images /ABL))
Canberra (6/01/11 Game 1) - Not even a 12th inning homer by Donald Lutz could save the Cavalry from a rare defeat at 'The Fort' going down 7-6 to the Brisbane Bandits.

In a see-sawing affair it took 13 innings to split the two sides that traded home runs and lead changes throughout the game.

The Cavalry got out of the blocks with successive line drives scoring two in the bottom of the first inning for an early 2-0 lead.

The Bandits looked to hit straight back with two on base in the top of the 2nd but were thwarted by two pieces of individual brilliance. A spectacular diving catch to Ian 'Ozzie' Choy in left field was followed up by sharp work from Didi Gregorius at short-stop to ensure the Bandits remained scoreless through the second inning.

Starting pitcher Jung-Hyeok Heo was solid through the opening five frames, propping up a wounded Cavalry pitching line-up.

Michael Collins was run in by a Michael Wells fly ball to right field and Sung-Woo Jang's RBI to right field sent Wells home to make it 4-0 to the Cavalry after three innings.

The Bandits opened their account in the fourth with a walk to Rory Rhodes followed by a Chad Gabriel homerun over left field that scored two. Ryan Battaglia and Wade Dutton both got on with singles followed by Trent Baker's RBI driving Ryan Battaglia to score and close the gap to 4-3 to the Cavalry.

Both sides then went scoreless until the sixth when the Bandits took the lead. After Brad Dutton flied out, Battaglia singles and Alan Schoenberger doubles putting runners in scoring position. Wade Dutton's second hit for the night drove in both runners to make it 5-4 to Brisbane.

The Cavalry weren't going away however and in the bottom of the 7th Michael Wells continued his hot streak to send Donald Lutz in to level up scores at 5-5.

Relief pitcher Hayden Beard was the beneficiary of some spectacular work from second baseman Kyu-Hyun Moon in the 9th who threw out at home to keep the Cavalry in the hunt.

The game went into extra innings as both sides traded strikeouts. It wasn't until the 12th that Rory Rhodes sent a ball out of the park for a likely game-winning lead.

Brisbane Bandits went to their League-leading pitcher Chris Mowday for the shut-out but Donald Lutz had other ideas, planting the ball to the right of the scoreboard and beyond to keep the Cavalry charge alive.

In the 13th Alan Schoenberger doubles to center followed by a sac-bunt by Wade Dutton putting Schoenberger within reach of home plate. A sacrifice fly by Trent Baker saw Schoenberger home for the Bandit's seventh run and Mowday did the rest, securing the win for the away side.

The two teams square off again Friday at 7pm in what is sure to be another thrilling encounter.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.