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Buschini, Murphy power Canberra past Bandits
Cavalry stay game behind Perth with win
12/22/2012 8:27 AM ET
Jack Murphy (l) and Sean Toler contributed big for Canberra Friday.
Jack Murphy (l) and Sean Toler contributed big for Canberra Friday. (Ben Southall / SMP Images)
CANBERRA, 21 December - After a tough loss in game one on Thursday night the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, battled back to even the series with an 8-4 win over the Brisbane Bandits on Friday night at the Fort at Narrabundah Ballpark.

Honorary first pitch thrower, Canberra Raiders captain Dave Shillington, kicked off the night. The Canberra Cavalry players were wearing special charity jerseys in support of the Canberra Hospital Foundation.

The Bandits got on the board first thanks to a two out double by Cody Clark down the third baseline to drive home Andrew Campbell 1-0. Then a ground ball that took a bad hop off first baseman Adam Buschini's chest made a very interesting play and resulted in a run for the Bandits giving them a 2-0 lead. A solo homerun from Ryan Battaglia would add another giving the Bandits and early 3-0 lead.

Cavalry answer back in the fourth with some runs of their own thanks to some timely hitting. Aaron Sloan started the charge with a single. Then with two outs Adam Buschini went yard over the left field fence to drive in two and close the gap 3-2. Jack Murphy followed up with a jack of his own over the right field fence to tie the game at three.

"It seemed like something just clicked," said head coach Michael Collins. "They turned back into the offensive threat they have been in weeks past."

The Cavalry added another in the fifth. The inning started out with a leadoff triple from Marcus Knecht. Knecht would cross the plate to score another run thanks to a sacrifice fly from Ben Warner, giving the Cavalry the lead 4-3.

In the sixth Murphy walked and was then driven home on a stand up double off the left field fence from Knecht, giving the Cavalry some room moving the score to 5-3.

The runs did not stop there; in the seventh Kody Hightower led off the inning with a single and then advanced to third thanks to a sacrifice bunt and a single. With two outs and Buschini at the plate, a single would score Hightower from third and give Buschini his third RBI of the night making the score 6-2.

The Cavalry would add some insurance in the bottom of the eighth scoring two runs to make the score 8-3.

The Bandits chipped away at the score a little in the ninth scoring a run making the score 8-4, the final score.

There was a bit of an injury scare in the second with starting pitcher Robert Dickmann. However Dickmann would power through to go six innings giving up three runs on ten hits and striking out one and get his first win of the season. Bullpen combination of Steven Kent, Dustin Loggins and Sean Toler closed out the game for the Cavalry.

The Cavalry return to action Saturday night for Ladies Night at the Fort. Game time is slated for 7pm.

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