Canberra: In the fourth round of the ABL, brought to you by Be the Influence: Tackle Binge Drinking, the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, took game two and three of the series over the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces in front of a sell-out crowd of 1,503 people; sweeping Saturday's games 10-9 and 5-3.
In game one of the double header the Cavalry took advantage of Melbourne starter early in the game scoring five runs in the first, three in the second, one in the third, and one in the fifth.
The first three runs that were scored by the Cavalry in the bottom of the first were unearned runs off an over throw to first that rolled almost to the fence. However, the opposite field two run homerun off the bat of Jack Murphy provided some insurance as the Cavalry jumped to an early 5-0 lead. The offence did not stop there, in the bottom of the second the Cavalry added three more runs on three singles off the bats of Jeremy Barnes, Ryan Stovall, and Michael Wells.
Melbourne did not give in easy as they battled back in the top of the third after the Cavalry jumped out to an 8-0 lead by scoring five runs on seven hits
Canberra answered back scoring another run making it 9- 5. Then back to back doubles from Marcus Knecht and Jack Murphy moved the score 10-5
Cavalry pitching allowed the Aces to cut the deficit to 10-9; however Sean Toler got his third save of the season preserving the win.
"I feel like we might have found a little spark there," said Manager Michael Collins. "We hope to carry it on tomorrow to win the series." If Canberra wins tomorrow they will move to over .500 on the season.
In Game two of the double header Cavalry starting pitcher Chris Motta gave up two doubles in the first inning with resulted in the Aces jump out to an early 1-0 lead. Motta settled in after that and had another quality outing going five innings giving up three runs on seven hits while fanning five.
After scoring ten runs in the first game the Cavalry bats took a little while for the spark to warm back up. In the bottom of the third Ryan Stovall got the comeback going when he hit a screaming two out line drive single over second base. He then stole second with a great jump off the pitcher, and was driven home when Adam Buschini singled up the middle to tie the game at 1-1.
Chris Motta got in trouble in the top of the sixth when he loaded the bases. Masanori Fujihara came into the game to relieve, however two runs scored making the score 3-1. Canberra bats finally heated up in the bottom of the seventh when Michael Wells hit a long ball over the left field fence to close the gap 3-2, bringing the Cavalry within one run.
Marcus Knecht split the gap with a single over second base and after a Kody Hightower walk, Stovall came up in the clutch again with two outs and with line drive single drove in Marcus Knecht in to tie the game at three.
The Cavalry offence was not done there, in the bottom of the eighth back to back singles from Marcus Knecht and Jack Murphy drove in two runs to give the Cavalry their first lead of the game 5-3.
Fujihara pitched three and two third innings getting then win. Dustin Loggins came in to get the final out of the game. Cavalry now lead the series two games to one.
"Pitching came up huge for us again. It is great to know that we can get multiple innings out of not only our starters but our relievers. Fujihara proved to be a huge asset to us tonight" said Collins.
The series will conclude tomorrow as the Cavalry look to take the game and the series. Don't forget it is Sarge's birthday and kids day at the ball park sponsored by Crust Gourmet Pizza. Game time is set for 1pm.