Canberra: In game one of a four game series the Canberra Cavalry driven by Rolfe Renault fell to the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces by a score of 5-3 in a very lacklustre game. Melbourne had 12 hits and Canberra had 11 but errors and runners left on base are what defined the game.
Melbourne struck first in the top of the fourth. After a single, a fielder's choice, and a double put runners on first and third; Josh Hendricks put the Aces on the board driving a three run bomb over the left field fence.
The fourth proved to be troublesome for Cavalry starting pitcher Brian Grening. He gave up four hits including the long homerun off the bat of Josh Hendricks. Overall Greening had another solid outing pitching six innings, striking out six, and giving up seven hits including one big three run homerun.
The Cavalry battled back in bottom of the sixth when Jonathan Jones singled, stole second, then used his speed to score on a Michael Wells single closing the gap to 3-1.
Three errors by the Aces in the bottom of seventh let the Cavalry further back into the game when dropped fly ball turned into a double from Josh Matavesi. Then Kody Hightower hit a slow groundball and used his speed to out run the throw to first, moving Matavesi to third. The next batter, Ryan Stovall, drove Matavesi in closing the gap to 3-2. Adam Buschini then hit a line drive to third and Ace's third baseman missed the throw to first resulting in Hightower scoring from second tying the game at three.
Dustin Loggins entered the game in the eighth. He gave up a leadoff double that would go on to score moving the Aces back into the lead 4-3 off a fielder's choice from Elliot Biddle.
The Cavalry had a chance in the bottom of the eighth when, after hitting into two double plays earlier in the game, Marcus Knecht hit a line drive in the gap in right and legged it out into a double. Knecht then moved to third on a single off the bat of Jack Murphy. Then, with runners on first and third and one out Matavesi hit into another double play leaving the Cavalry stranded.
Steve Kent entered the game in the top 9. Errors proved to be the difference as Melbourne tacked on another run in the top 9 making it 5-3, the final score, when a throw from the outfield was lost by Murphy at the plate.
The Cavalry return to action tomorrow morning in a double header. Game one is set for 4pm and game two will start at 7pm. Make sure you come out to the Fort and the Cavalry target their biggest crowd in history.