Canberra: Behind another lights out performance from Cavalry ace Brian Grening the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, put a hurt on the Adelaide Bite Friday night at Narrabundah Ballpark winning by a score of 8-2.
Grening had help from the explosive Cavalry bats with Jeremy Barnes, Ryan Stovall and Koehi Shibata leading the charge. The spark that was ignited when the Cavalry scored 25 runs last weekend, continued to burn strong in the first of four games against the Adelaide Bite.
The Cavalry wasted no time and got on the board first when in the bottom of the first Michael Wells hit an RBI single to score one then Barnes added another with a screaming double to put Cavalry ahead 2-0 after the first. Barnes struck again in the third with a single to drive in another run making it 3-0.
The momentum continued into the fourth when he Cavalry added two more off of back-to-back triples from Shibata and Stovall making it 5-0 after four.
The Cavalry tallied another run when Aaron Sloan hit a line drive to the Bite first baseman that nearly knocked him to the ground and was mishandled making it 6-0 at the end of the fifth. Canberra would then go on to load the bases in the seventh. With bases loaded Marcus Knecht hit a deep fly ball to right to sacrifice a run home. KC Hobson did not want to be left out, he added to the score in the eighth with an RBI single to score Adam Buschini making it 8-2, the final score.
In the top of the ninth Angus Roeger, after hitting back to back home runs in his previous two at bats, came to the plate. Roeger would go on hit into a double play to end the game.
Grening looked strong from the start, and did not waiver through seven impressive innings. Grening only had two mishaps and they happened to be to the same player, Angus Roeger. Roeger got the best of Grening by going yard twice; once in the fifth and once in the seventh. Grening's final line was seven innings giving up only two runs on five hits while fanning eight.
His counterpart, Paul Mildren, went four and two thirds giving up six runs on ten hits while striking out three.
The Cavalry return to action tomorrow for a double header against the Adelaide Bite. Game one will begin at 3pm and game two will start at 6pm as the Cavalry host Military Appreciation Night. Fans should arrive early to see Victorian Cross winner Ben Roberts-Smith throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Also, the Cavalry will be wearing special camouflage jerseys that will be auctioned off during the day.