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Big fifth pushes Sox past Cavalry in tight win
Kandilas, Dening among offensive stars Friday
12/08/2012 5:11 AM ET
David Kandilas and the Blue Sox evened their Round Six series.
David Kandilas and the Blue Sox evened their Round Six series. (Joe Vella / SMP Images)
SYDNEY, 7 December - The Sydney Blue Sox (9-7) took a 4-3 victory over the Canberra Cavalry driven by Rolfe Renault (8-7) behind multi-hit games from David Kandilas, Mitch Dening, James Robbins and Geoff Klein Friday night at Blacktown International Sportspark.

The Blue Sox recovered from a three-run deficit after the top of the third inning, spurned by five consecutive hits in the fifth inning.

Canberra opened the scoring in the third inning, when Marcus Knecht crossed on a sacrifice fly from Kody Hightower to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Adam Buschini scored on a single from Ryan Stovall, who then scored on Jeremy Barnes sacrifice as Canberra pressed ahead 3-0.

The Blue Sox responded with a run in the bottom half of the third, as Shane Benson hit a double to be driven home later on a Kandilas single.

Sydney's most productive inning came in the fifth, as the home team added three runs to the board to push ahead 4-3. Hot-hitting Kandilas punched a single to left field, followed by a double to Zach Penprase. Dening knocked in Kandilas and Penprase with a double to left field. The hitting-streak continued as Robbins swatted an RBI-single, giving the Sox the lead 4-3.

"I was really pleased with our offence, stringing those hits together in the fifth," Blue Sox manager Jason Pospishil said. "Anderson did well to recover after the third and our bullpen was lights-out as usual."

Sydney's starting pitcher Craig Anderson rallied to keep the visitors quiet, and threw 5 1/3 innings, before Wayne Lundgren relieved, taking two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Texan import Tyler Herr added two strikeouts, pitching the eighth inning.

Matt Williams ended the night for the Cavalry, sitting down the boys from the capital in the ninth inning, holding the one run lead.

Anderson (2-1) would pick up the win for Sydney and Williams earned his fifth save in as many chances. Taking the loss for Canberra was Robert Dickmann (1-2) with 4 2/3 innings.

Sydney take on Canberra tomorrow in game three at Blue Sox Stadium. First pitch is due at 7:30 p.m. with Tim Cox (1-1, 3.27 ERA) getting the ball for Sydney against Chris Motta (0-0, 3.38 ERA) for Canberra.

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