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Cavalry close to within half-game of Perth again
Buschini leads offensive charge for Canberra
12/23/2012 9:32 AM ET
Adam Buschini led the offensive charge for Canberra on Saturday.
Adam Buschini led the offensive charge for Canberra on Saturday. (Ben Southall / SMP Images)
CANBERRA, 22 December - The Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, took game three of the four-game series in dominant fashion with a 6-1 over win the Brisbane Bandits on Saturday night.

In the top of the first the Cavalry once again conceded a first inning run; thanks to a Josh Roberts single to send home Andrew Campbell.

That run would not matter much because the Cavalry answered back with five singles to score three runs in the top of the inning. The Cavalry opened the frame with three singles from Kody Hightower, Kohei Shibata and Adam Buschini to quickly load the bases. Jeremy Barnes then added another to drive home a run and tie the game at one. With the bases loaded and only one out Michael Wells would hit a line drive single to center to drive in two more runs giving the Cavalry the lead 3-1.

Great defensive plays helped the Cavalry maintain their lead. In the fourth Jeremy Barnes made a great play to end the inning catching the ball over the railing of the Cavalry dugout.

The Bandits would threaten in the top of the eighth with runners in scoring position and only one out. But Dustin Loggins would come through under pressure with two big strikeouts to end the threat and the inning.

The Cavalry blew the game out in the bottom of the eighth. The inning started when Kody Hightower reached first thanks to a Brisbane error. He then was advanced to second on a hit and run from Kohei Shibata, leaving Buschini at the plate. Buschini jacked a three run homerun over the left field fence to extend the Cavalry lead to 6-1.

In the top of the ninth a huge strikeout from Steven Kent would end the game and result in a huge roar from the over 1,300 home crowd at the Fort at Narrabundah.

The game was a very evenly matched pitching duel. Chris Motta had a slight upper hand earning his second win of the season going seven innings giving up only one run on six hits while fanning five. Dustin Loggins and Steven Kent finished off the game for the Cavalry without conceding a run. The pair combined for four strikeouts.

Adam Buschini entered tonight's game on a 14 game hitting streak and continued it tonight going 2-4 tonight with a homerun and three RBIs to add to his totals.

The Cavalry return to action tomorrow night as they go for the series win. Game time starts at 12 noon and will be Christmas at the ballpark. After this series the Cavalry start a eight game, ten day series against the ladder leading Perth Heat. The boys head to Perth for four games from the 28th of December before returning home for four from the 3rd of January.

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