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Cavalry hand Vasquez bitter departing gift
Canberra continue rise, now 3.5 games up
01/04/2013 3:26 AM ET
Marcus Knecht led the Cavalry's offensive display Thursday.
Marcus Knecht led the Cavalry's offensive display Thursday. (Ben Southall / SMP Images)
CANBERRA, 3 January - In front of an electric crowd at Fort Narrabundah, the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, put a hurt on the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat taking game one of the four game series by a score of 10-1. In the first game of the Canberra Centenary everything went right for the Cavalry as they cruised to their ninth win in eleven games.

The Cavalry bats stayed hot and do not look like they are going to cool down any time soon. Every batter in the Cavalry starting line-up got a hit and the team had a total of 16 hits including four big home runs.

The Cavalry got on the board first in the bottom of the second when Marcus Knecht launched a two out home run over left field fence giving the Cavalry a 1-0 lead.

The Heat answered back in the fourth to tie the game at one thanks to a Brenden Webb double. However that would be the only run they would score all night. Jack Murphy made a great play to throw out Webb from the plate at second to end the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth the Cavalry were able to string hits together to take the lead. The inning started out with a Kody Hightower single. Ryan Stovall added a double, his second of the night, to put two runners in scoring position. Then with two outs Murphy drove in two with a broken bat single. Michael Wells followed up with a two run homerun to give the Cavalry a 5-1 lead.

Another big inning for the Cavalry followed in the sixth adding four runs. The inning started out with a single from Aaron Sloan. Antonio Callaway then hit a double to score Aaron Sloan from first. With Sloan on second, Hightower knocked a two run homerun out of the park to make the score 8-1 and end Virgil Vasquez's night. The inning finished off once again with Michael Wells adding another run, driving Adam Buschini home, to make the score 9-1.

In the bottom of the eighth Buschini added to the damage. He drove another ball over the fence, his seventh home run of the season, to make the score 10-1, the final score.

Cavalry ace Brian Grening had another outstanding outing, earning his fourth win. Grening went seven innings giving up only one run on four hits while striking out seven. Brodie Downs entered the game in the eighth, making his ABL debut and went an inning striking out one. Kyle Perkins came into the close the game in the ninth and retired the side in order to end the game and give the Cavalry the win.

"It's nice to come home in front of the great Cavalry fans and avenge that final loss in Perth," said head coach Michael Collins. "Our bats were on tonight but so was our pitching and defence. Great Win"

The Cavalry return to action Friday night in game two of four against the Heat. Game time is set for 7pm.

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