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New Zealand National Team comes to Canberra
Cavalry set to play DiamondBlacks in Exhibition Series
11/07/2012 4:49 PM ET
Jeremy Barnes makes a play over the wall on Saturday
Jeremy Barnes makes a play over the wall on Saturday (SMP Images - Ben Southall)

Coming off an exciting 2-1 win over the Sydney Blue Sox on Saturday night the Canberra Cavalry driven by Rolfe Renault will seek to keep their momentum going as they enter an exhibition series against the New Zealand National team. Team New Zealand, the DiamondBlacks, are headed for their 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier in Taipei City, Taiwan on 15 November and are looking to get a few innings of competition in beforehand. This is the first time New Zealand has been invited to the World Baseball Classic qualifier, and this past Sunday was the first time that the DiamondBlacks played as a team.

This past weekend, behind excellent pitching and a strong offense, The Cavalry took the final game of the series against the Sydney Blue Sox by a score of 2-1. However, the Cavalry dropped the first two games of the series by scores of 3-2 and 2-1. In game one, a late rally by the Cavalry, in extra innings, fell just short. The Cavalry scored a run to tie the game at one in the bottom of the ninth to push it to extra innings but they weren't able to stop the Blue Sox bats when they scored two runs in the top of the tenth. In game two the Cavalry battled back to tie the game after Sydney took the early lead but then got in trouble when, with the bases loaded, a hit by pitch walked in the deciding run to give the Blue Sox the win.

Cavalry first baseman, KC Hobson, was named player of the week for the opening week of the 2012-2013 ABL brought to you by 'Be the Influence: Tackle Binge Drinking' Season. Hobson was the driving force of the Cavalry offence in the opening series going six for ten with two homeruns.

The DiamondBlacks are coming off a two game series where they fell to the Sydney Blue Sox two games to none. Notable names on the DiamondBlacks roster include Max Brown and David Skeels, who both had hits and drove runs in off the Blue Sox, as well as Moko and Boss Moanaroa, who will play for the Sydney Blue Sox after the termination of the World Baseball Classic qualifier.

However the one for Cavalry Fans to keep their eye on is John Holdzkom. Holdzkom, a right-handed pitcher, will join the Cavalry roster after the World Baseball Classic qualifier. Holdzkom played high A Ball for Bakersfield in the California League within the Cincinnati Reds organization last season. Holdzkom is a starting pitcher for New Zealand and his fast ball has been clocked at over 150 kph. Holdzkom towers at an impressive 201 CM (6'7) and will be a force to reckon with on the mound. Holdzkom will join the Cavalry starting with the Adelaide series on 30 November.

The Cavalry will play the DiamondBlacks in two exhibition games, and one scrimmage. The scrimmage will be Thursday night, 8 November, and it will be open gates to the public. The games will be played Friday and Saturday, both starting at 7:00pm. In conjunction with game one, an Indigenous vs. Maori Community Aussie T-ball game will be played prior to first pitch.

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