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Hightower blasts Cavalry by Aces in opener
Shortstop homers twice to lead Canberra
12/14/2012 7:07 AM ET
Kody Hightower led Canberra's charge with two Thursday homers.
Kody Hightower led Canberra's charge with two Thursday homers. (Brett Crockford / SMP Images)
MELBOURNE, 13 December - The grey skies over Melbourne continued to hang over the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces on Thursday night as the home side fell 9-1 to the Canberra Cavalry driven by Rolfe Renault.

Kody Hightower did the most damage as he went 5-5 with 3 doubles, two home runs and five runs batted in.

While the numbers on the scoreboard suggest that the home side struggled, they were in the clash early as Kevin Reese delivered a strong outing over five innings, despite giving up three runs in the first frame.

Speaking after the game, Aces manager Phil Dale said that despite the early hiccups, Reese was one of the shining stars for the home side.

"He still gave us a chance, it was a quality start and from him that is all we can ask for."

Justin Huber hit his first home run of the year in the fourth inning to ensure that the Aces remained within striking distance, but they were unable to get any further momentum, with the solo shot completing the scoring for the night.

The Melbourne bullpen was also solid through the middle innings, with Andy Mann and John Hussey limiting the attack of the Cavalry.

In the end it was the early runs that did the damage for the Aces, with Dale knowing the side can't afford a repeat performance.

"We were playing catch-up the whole game, we had a chance, but we gave up a few singles and couldn't fight out of it."

Dale remained adamant his team was a much better side than the record suggests, and they will continue to work hard to ensure that they reach the heights he knows they are capable of.

The sides will meet in a doubleheader tomorrow with the first game which starting at 5.05pm and the second game at 8.05.

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