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Bandits take Game 3 against Cavalry (8/1/11)
01/08/2011 10:26 PM ET
 (Benjamin Southall (SMP Images / ABL))
It was a tough day out for the Cavalry bullpen at 'The Fort' in Game three of the series against the Brisbane Bandits with a 16-9 thumping at the hands of rampant Brisbane bats to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

In a home stand that celebrated the birthday of Elvis, Cavalry starting pitcher Jarrett Commane had nothing to celebrate in the 1st inning as the Bandits raced to a lead when 5 singles and one sacrifice fly became 5 RBIs and six runs.

Replacement Phil Brassington didn't fair much better, the Bandits with 5 walks and two hits in the second inning extended their lead to 11-1. All but two of their bats running in to score inside the first two innings.

After a quiet third inning for both sides, the Bandits struck again through a double RBI to Josh Roberts in the top of the fourth to make it 13-1 before the Cavalry mounted a fight-back.

Centre fielder Nick Kimpton provided the spark in the bottom of the 4th with a powerfully struck line drive double to right field scoring three batters and giving the home fans something to cheer. The fifth inning saw zeros for both teams but with five singles and three more Bandits' runs in the 6th inning had even the most ardent Cavalry fans nervous about their team's prospects.

A Michael Collins RBI in the bottom of the 6th meant the home side needed two runs in the 7th to avoid defeat by mercy rule.

With bases loaded and two out, Ian Choy stepped up with a double to right field, plating Tom Vincent and Didi Gregorius which was enough to keep the Cav's in the contest and ensured game went the full nine innings.

The 8th saw the comeback continue with Donald Lutz sending a missile over the right field fence and beyond. The American born German resident continued his love affair with right field home runs, scoring Michael Collins who was on base from an earlier line drive to centre field.

The Cavalry went in to the 9th needing seven runs to tie the match and send it in to overtime but Bandits closer Josh Warner held his nerve to close out the game 16-9.

The silver lining for the Cavalry was the performance of new pitcher Tom Edwards who was strong through four frames and showed promise.

The Bandits lead the series 2-1. The final game will be played Sunday at 1:30pm where the Cavalry will be looking to draw the series.

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