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Cavalry light up the night
Canberra's big win witnessed by big crowd.
01/04/2013 11:17 PM ET
Celebration for Antonio Callaway after his first homerun
Celebration for Antonio Callaway after his first homerun (Smp Images- Ben Southall)

Canberra, ACT: The Fort at Narrabundah was packed to view the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault beat the heat once again with a 16-9 stomping of the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat. With the win the Cavalry break record for most wins in Canberra professional baseball history.

The story seems to keep repeating; a hitting parade. The Cavalry finished the game with 17 hits scoring 16 runs giving them 59 runs against the Perth in six games.

The two line-ups faced off with the top two in batting average leading off each team, Corey Adamson (1) and Kody Hightower (2). The game saw Hightower improve his average to .381 and regained the lead, going 3-3 with two walks and a hit by pitch.

The game started out with the Heat getting on the board first thanks to a Cater Bell single to right to score Brenden Webb in the second. The Cavalry ending the inning with a great strike out/throw out double play. Aaron Bonomi struck out swinging and then Jack Murphy threw out Bell out at second in his attempt to steal.

The Cavalry answered back to quickly even the score in the bottom of the inning. Murphy started the inning out with a single then Michael Wells hit a deep double to right to put two runners in scoring position with none out. Murphy would cross the plate thanks to a dropped ball single by Marcus Knecht tying the game at one. The Cavalry would take the lead thanks to an Antonio Callaway double right over third base into the gap to drive home two making the score 3-1. The Cavalry threatened to add more however the inning ending with two runners left in scoring position.

In the bottom of the fourth the Cavalry tacked on another run when Aaron Sloan scored on a force out to first making it 4-1.

Bell added another RBI to his night with a solo homerun for the Heat in the fifth closing the gap 4-2.

Canberra responded, in the fifth with two outs. Knecht hit a long ball over the left field fence, his third in four games, to drive home two 6-2.

The Cavalry pulled away with another huge lead after a four run inning in the sixth. After Heat pitcher, Jay Pacellla, walked three straight batters in twelve pitches to load the bases, Adam Buschini got his first hit of the night, a single, to drive home two making the score 8-2. The other two runs were driven in by a sacrifice fly from Wells and a double from Knecht, making the score 10-2 after six. In the seventh with the bases loaded a sacrifice fly from Jeremy Barnes would bring home another run moving the score to 11-2.

Eric Massingham got into a little trouble in the eighth, and the Heat got five runs back. The Cavalry answered back in the bottom half of the inning with five runs of their own. After a walk to Knecht, Callaway chipped another one over the fence to drive in two. Then, with two runners on base Buschini crushed the first pitch he saw over the left field fence making the score 16-7.

The Cavalry gave up two runs in the ninth, but that did not matter as the game finished with the Cavalry on top 16-9.

Robert Dickmann had one of his better outings going five and a third innings giving up only two runs, on six hits including a homerun. Dickmann pitched very well to contact getting the quality outs when needed evening his record to 3-3 for the season.

Buschini added to his league leading RBI total, driving in five runs on the night and jumped to the top of the ladder in homeruns with eight. The Perth pitchers seemed to have it out for Cavalry batters, in the game an amazing five Canberra batters were hit by a pitch.

The Cavalry notched their 21st win of the season, a new high water mark for professional baseball in the nation's capital. In the first ABL, the Canberra Bushrangers had 17 wins in 1994 and 19 in 1995. Last season the Cavalry finished the year with 20 wins.

Game three of four will be tomorrow night at 7pm as the Cavalry go for their fifth series win in a row. Come out to support the Cavalry as they are renamed the Queanbeyan Cavalry for a special one-time only. Special player worn charity jerseys will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to HOME in Queanbeyan.

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