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Another rally gives Canberra edge over Heat
Lead grows to 2.5 games for first-place Cavalry
12/30/2012 10:23 AM ET
Sean Toler earned his second save in as many nights on Friday.
Sean Toler earned his second save in as many nights on Friday. (Theron Kirkman / SMP Images)
PERTH, 29 December - In another incredible comeback, the Canberra Cavalry driven by Rolfe Renault defeated the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat by a score of 8-6 and move to two and a half games ahead of the defending champions. In a game that looked like it was over after seven innings the Cavalry did what they do best, string together timely hits to upset the Heat once again.

The Cavalry got on the board first when two hits and an error drove home a run. In the top of the first with two outs, Adam Buschini kept the inning going with a single to third. He then advanced to second on a throwing error by the third baseman. Jeremy Barnes then added a single of his own to drive home Buschini for the run giving the Cavalry a 1-0 lead.

The Heat quickly answered back in the bottom of the first with a solo home run from Ryan Khoury to tie the game at one. The home run got the ball rolling for the Perth offense. The Heat added two more runs in the second with help from two Cavalry errors, making the score 3-

Two more solo home runs, one in the third from Allan de San Miguel and one in the sixth from Brendan Webb widened the gap to 5-1.

Perth managed to keep the Cavalry bats quiet until the eighth inning giving up only five hits and stranding the runners on base.

However, when the Cavalry came to bat in the top of the eighth the rally was just about to begin. The Cavalry pulled out a huge inning in the eighth scoring five runs to take a 6-5 lead. The inning started out with back-to-back singles from Ryan Stovall and Buschini. With runners on first and second, Barnes added two more runs batted in to his night with a double to drive home Stovall and Buschini. With runners on the corners, Michael Wells added to the damage with a single to drive home another run to tie the game at five. The final run of the inning was thanks to a single from Adam Jacobs to give the Cavalry the lead.

Perth would not give up so easily. Thanks to some confusion on the mound for the Cavalry another run would be driven in for the Heat to even the score at six. With the bases loaded the tying run would be walked in.

The suspense of a tie ballgame continued into the top of the ninth. With one out, Barnes once again got the offence going for the Cavalry when he hit a single to right. Wells then added another single to put runners on first and second with two outs. The runners were advanced into scoring position thanks to wild pitch with Marcus Knecht at the plate. Knecht would be the hero as he connected for a huge double to center to drive in two runs giving the Cavalry the lead and eventually the game 8-6.

Sean Toler entered the game to close out the bottom of the ninth and earned his ninth save of the year. Started pitcher Robert Dickmann had a tough outing going six innings giving up five runs on six hits, including three home runs. Dustin Loggins came in to relieve in the eighth and was given his third win of the year.

The Cavalry continue their series with the Heat Sunday night at 10:20pm EDT and closing out the series on Monday, New Year's Eve, at 10:20pm. The Cavalry return home on Thursday 3 January to start a four game home series against the Heat.

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