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Cavalry comeback sinks Sox
Canberra walks off over Sydney, erase six-run deficit
01/18/2013 10:38 PM ET
Trent D'Antonio cracked his second home run in as many nights
Trent D'Antonio cracked his second home run in as many nights (SMP Images/Ben Southall)
CANBERRA, 18 January - The Canberra Cavalry driven by Rolfe Renault (23-17) erased a six-run deficit to comeback and defeat the Sydney Blue Sox (23-17) by a score of 8-7 on a walk-off single to put the teams back in to a tie atop the league ladder with six regular season games remaining.

With one out and Ben Warner on second base in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, Antonio Callaway ripped a single up the middle, scoring Warner on a close play at home plate for an 8-7 Canberra win.

The Sox jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the first inning on an RBI-groundout from James Robbins and an RBI-single from Geoff Klein. The visitors extended their lead to 3-0 in the second inning when Trent D'Antonio and Zach Penprase knocked back-to-back doubles.

In the third frame Sydney again tacked on a pair of runs, this time on a two-run double from Boss Moanaroa, putting the visitors ahead with a comfortable lead of 5-0.

In the fourth frame Canberra got a run back, but in the fifth D'Antonio launched his second home run in as many nights, a two-run shot, over the right field wall. Not to be outdone, Callaway ripped a line drive home run over the wall in left field in the bottom of the fifth, making the score 7-2.

The score held until the bottom of the seventh when the Cavalry rallied for four runs, three of which came on a three-run homer from the league's leading hitter in that category, Adam Buschini. In the eighth frame, Ryan Stovall beat out a ground ball to first base on a questionable call from the umpire, advanced to second on a single and later moved to third base when Jeremy Barnes reached base via a walk on yet another questionable call when the umpire said his bat did not cross home plate on a check swing with a 3-2 count. Stovall then tied the game when the next batter, Jack Murphy, hit a sacrifice fly to centre field.

Five Blue Sox finished with multi-hit days, led by Klein who finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Sean Toler (2-0) picked up the win with a scoreless ninth inning, while Dae-Sung Koo (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing two runs in four hits in 1 1/3 innings.

The sides resume their series tomorrow with game three when former Major Leaguer Brad Thomas (1-2, 3.18 ERA) takes the ball for Sydney against right-hander Chris Motta (3-2, 5.58 ERA) for Canberra. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. at Narrabundah Ballpark.

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