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Aces snap skid in opener, Cavs take nightcap
Melbourne break seven-game skid behind Koishi
12/15/2012 3:17 AM ET
Hirotaka Koishi led the way for Melbourne in Friday's opener.
Hirotaka Koishi led the way for Melbourne in Friday's opener. (Brett Crockford / SMP Images)
LAVERTON - The seven-game losing streak of the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces came to an end on Saturday afternoon when they shutout the Canberra Cavalry driven by Rolfe Renault 5-0.

The Aces started the game in hot form as utility Scott Wearne led off with a triple and they never looked back after taking the lead in the first inning.

Backed by a strong performance from import Hirotaka Koishi, who pitched a complete game, the result was never in doubt as he restricted the visitors to just five hits as he struck out nine.

Elliot Biddle and Jarryd Rogers both picked up multiple hits in the first game of the double header, as the home side showed great efficiency, collecting their 5 runs on just 8 hits.

Melbourne was unable to pick up where it left off as Canberra scored twice in the opening frame of the second game of the day.

The man of the hour for the Aces appeared to be Brad Harman, who homered in both the fifth and the ninth, to keep the Aces in touch with the Cavalry, who had a comfortable four run lead coming into the final inning.

The comfort was shattered when Josh Davies stepped up to the plate and put a no-doubter over the left field fence to ensure that at worst the game would head to extra innings.

Speaking post-game, Davies stressed the importance of getting consecutive hits.

"We've had a couple of times where the timely hitting hasn't been there, but the fact it is shows that there is a positive for us to look forward to tomorrow."

It wasn't enough for the Aces as Jeremy Barnes crunched a solo shot in the top of the tenth, handing the visitors a 9-8 lead, a lead they would not relinquish.

Despite the loss Davies was adamant that it wasn't all doom and gloom in the Aces camp.

"It was a good fightback, we did well just to get back, but one of their guys got a hold of one in the top of the tenth and that's just how it goes."

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