Just like in the old west, the Calvary had a bit of trouble from a band of Bandits when they invaded the hideaway (RNA Showgrounds) in Brisbane over the last two days. The Canberra Calvary (22-14) driven by Rolfe Renault rode into town to face the Brisbane Bandits (17-19) hoping to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the teams below them on the ladder in the Australian Baseball League brought to you by 'Be the Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking'
Brisbane entered the Saturday night doubleheader fresh from a pair of 6-1 wins on Friday looking to continue their march up the ladder towards a playoff spot. James Schult (1-2, 4.38 era) was handed the ball to start things off against Canberra's Robert Dickmann (3-3, 4.73 era) in the first game.
The Bandits took Game One of the day 3-0 behind the solid pitching of game winner Schult and relief work from Justin Erasmus who picked up the save. The usual suspects provided the runs for Brisbane with Cody Clark and Josh Roberts collecting two hits each while Rory Rhodes drove in two runs. Dickmann took the loss for Canberra whose batters could only muster five hits.
Ryan Searle (1-1, 2.36 era) started the nightcap for Brisbane against Chris Motta (3-1, 4.89 era) from Canberra. Brisbane jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage and held on through a slugfest for a 10-5 win.
Josh Roberts and David Sutherland collected three hits each for the home team with support from Andrew Campbell who provided a home run and an RBI. Roberts batted in four runs including a home run and Sutherland knocked in two. Home runs from Adam Buschini, Jeremy Barnes and Aaron Sloan were not enough to lift the Calvary to a win.
Ryan Searle picked up the win for Brisbane with Josh Warner getting a hold and John Veitch the save. Chris Motta took the loss for the visitors.
The teams return to the RNA Showgrounds for the final game of the series Sunday at noon before the Bandits host Perth in a critical series next weekend.