Canberra, ACT: Coming off an 8-3 win against the New Zealand National team last night at the Fort, the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, shut out the DiamondBlacks 17-0 tonight in the final game of this exhibition series. Last night's recap may have spoken too soon saying the offence for the Cavalry exploded, tonight they went beyond exploding and scored an impressive seventeen runs.
Just like last night, Canberra jumped out to an early lead scoring two runs off a Jeremy Barnes single in the bottom of the first. They then went on to score three more in the third when Ryan Stovall knocked one over the left field to drive in two runs then KC Hobson knocked a bloop single to left to drive in one more run making the score 5-0 after three innings.
The Diamondblacks threatened in the top of the third when Moko Monoaro hit a double to deep centerfield. However with help from the defence and a great diving catch from Hobson the Cavalry were able to get out of the inning without yielding any runs.
The Cavalry struck again in the bottom of the fifth when, after the DiamondBlacks walked Kody Hightower to score a run, back to back doubles off the bat of Anotnio Callaway and Adam Buschini added some more damage moving the score to 11-0. The next batter, Hobson, went over the fence again with a three run bomb to add to the lead making it 14-0 after five innings. The Cavalry then tacked three more runs on in the sixth making it 17-0 the final score.
Pitcher Robert Dickmann set the tone in the first inning by striking out three of the first four batters. He went on to pitch five solid innings giving up no runs and only one hit while striking out six. The bullpen for the Cavalry was effective and was backed up by sharp fielding.
The story of the night however was club baseball player Ryan Stovall who is attempting to make the Cavalry Roster for the upcoming series in Brisbane. Stovall pleaded his case well going 3-3 with two singles and a homerun driving in three runs while also making impressive defensive plays in the outfield. He was named player of the game.
"I was just trying to make connection and drive some more runs in," said Stovall when asked about being named player of the game "Everyone played well tonight and any one of us could have been chosen as player of the game."
The Cavalry now head on the road for a three game series against the Brisbane Bandits. While the DiamondBlacks head off to World Baseball Classic Qualifier on 15 November in Taiwan.