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Bandits Win Series on Road (9/1/11)
01/09/2011 8:37 PM ET
Josh Roberts launches one, adding 3 RBIs to his tally.
Josh Roberts launches one, adding 3 RBIs to his tally. (Benjamin Southall (SMP Images / ABL))
A brave Cavalry outfit fell agonisingly short in the last of their four-game series against the Bandits at 'The Fort', going down 8-4 in the 10th inning. The loss signalled the first ever home-series defeat for the men in orange eliminating them from the play-offs this season.

Cavalry starting pitcher Myung-Ho Jin was a standout through the first three frames, keeping the Bandits scoreless and providing the platform the Cavs have been sorely missing.

Seung-Hwa Lee was rewarded for a triple to centre field when he scored on a wild pitch from starting pitcher John Veitch in the bottom of the 3rd. Ian Choy doubled to to left followed by Nick Kimpton with an RBI single to right field plating Choy for a 2-0 Cavalry lead in the 3rd.

Replacement pitcher Tim Atherton kept the Bandits at bay. Both David Sutherland and Brad Dutton managed singles, but Atherton's change ups kept the opposition bats on their toes and runs from the plate.

The Bandits clawed their way back into the game scoring one run in the 6th taking advantage of several walks and a fielding error. Then scoring twice in the 7th from a Sutherland sacrifice fly scoring Andrew Campbell followed by Trent Baker scoring off a Brad Dutton single, giving them a 3-2 lead after seven.

Canberra once again looked to star pitcher Hayden Beard to save the day, coming into the game at the top of the eighth. Hayden struck out three of the Bandits' batters giving the Cav's a glimmer of hope going into the bottom of the 8th. The boys were not able to convert opportunities in the 8th setting up a tense 9th inning tussle.

The Bandits' Joshua Roberts scored on a Sutherland single after doubling to center field, taking the score to 4-2 before Beard got out of the jam.

First up to bat for the Cav's was Sung-Woo Jang. Jang singled before Tom Vincent walked putting runners on first and second. A sacrifice bunt from Didi Gregorius put the runners to second and third. Seung-Hwa Lee grounded out allowing Jang to score but leaving Vincent on with two outs and bringing Tylor Prudhome to the plate.

Prudhomme, with one of the league's lowest batting averages faced a pressure cooker situation to bring the game into extra innings. Prudhomme did not disappoint the crowd, driving one to right field running in Tom Vincent and levelling the score at 4-4 at the end of nine.

However the fairy tale ending was not to be for the Cav's, with Chris Morgan on the mound for the Cavalry Trent Baker's single plates Wade Dutton and a double from Josh Roberts earns him 3 RBIs scoring Rhodes, Watson and Baker. The Bandits took four runs leaving the game out of the home team's grasp.

"These two teams are so evenly matched," Prudhomme said. "It's been fun to be involved this weekend playing such tight games. We fought hard again today and were unlucky not to come away with the win. We'll just have to go up to Brisbane and beat them over there I guess."

The Cavalry will now travel to Brisbane for a four game series that begins on Wednesday 12 January.

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