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Cavalry edge Blue Sox on late Sydney miscue in opener
Passed ball leads to winning run to open Round Six
12/07/2012 2:13 AM ET
Adam Buschini blasted a homer in the third inning on Thursday.
Adam Buschini blasted a homer in the third inning on Thursday. (Ben Southall / SMP Images)
SYDNEY, 6 December - In a low-scoring affair, the Sydney Blue Sox (8-7) fell in 13 innings to the Canberra Cavalry driven by Rolfe Renault (8-6) by a score of 2-1 Thursday night at Blacktown International Sportspark in the first game of a four-game series.

In the top of the 13th inning, Kohei Shibata walked to begin the frame. After a stolen base, Shibata advanced to third base on a strikeout that got away from catcher Geoff Klein. Then, with Jeremy Barnes at the dish, Shibata scored on a passed ball to give Canberra the 2-1 advantage.

Canberra struck first against Blue Sox ace Chris Oxspring, as Adam Buschini hit his first home run of the season, a solo dinger, to left field in the third to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The Blue Sox countered though, as in just his second at-bat of the season David Kandilas ripped a ball down the left-field line, hitting the foul pole for a solo home run and tying the game at 1-1.

The home side nearly won the game in the bottom of the ninth, when Kandilas blooped a single to right field. Pinch runner JD Williams was poised to score for the win, but Buschini made a perfect throw to home plate to nab Williams and keep the game tied.

Eric Massingham (2-1) earned the win for the Cavalry, throwing a scoreless 12th inning. Sean Toler earned his league-leading sixth save of the season with a perfect 13th frame. Todd Van Steensel (1-2) took the loss, surrendering the go-ahead run in the 13th inning. The Sox loss spoiled another strong start from Chris Oxspring, who threw eight innings and struck out seven, allowing just one run.

Zach Penprase, James Robbins and David Kandilas all led the offensive attack for Sydney, collecting two hits apiece. Matt Williams was strong out of the bullpen once again for the Sox, throwing the ninth and tenth innings and striking out four batters without allowing a hit.

The Blue Sox and Cavalry do battle again tomorrow night at Blacktown International Sportspark for the second game of their four-game series. It's Freaky Friday in Blacktown, and former Major Leaguer Ryan Rowland-Smith will be signing autographs beginning at 6:30 p.m. Left-hander Craig Anderson (1-1, 1.37 ERA) gets the ball for Sydney, while lefty Rob Dickmann (1-1, 4.58 ERA) will start for Canberra. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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