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Sox blow 7-1 lead, Cavs rally back to first-place tie
Rivals dead even with six games to go
01/19/2013 4:07 AM ET
Cavalry players celebrate their Friday night walk-off win.
Cavalry players celebrate their Friday night walk-off win. (Ben Southall / SMP Images)
CANBERRA, 18 January - In front of a sold-out crowd of over 1,500, the Canberra Cavalry driven by Rolfe Renault moved back into a tie for first with a walk off win over the Sydney Blue Sox, 7-6 Friday night at Narrabundah Ballpark.

Sydney's hot hitting streak continued but would be no match for the huge Cavalry rally. Canberra overcame a six run deficit to snap their losing streak and give them a big win. Tension was high at the Fort at Narrabundah but the Cavalry would pull through in dramatic style to give the fans what they were looking for, a win in the ninth.

Cavalry starter Robert Dickmann struggled allowing eight hits in just three innings and the Blue Sox put up five runs.

In the bottom of the fourth, Michael Wells got the Cavalry on the board first with an RBI single to score Jeremy Barnes from second making the score 5-1. But hot hitting Trent D'Antonio hit a two run home run in the top of the fifth to widen the gap to 7-1.

The Cavalry answered back in the bottom of the inning with a home run of their own. Antonio Callaway led off the inning with a long ball over the left field fence to make the score 7-2.

The Cavalry had a huge rally to score four runs in the bottom of the seventh to close the gap. The inning started out with a lead off double from Kody Hightower and a single from Ryan Stovall. Adam Buschini then launched opposite field home run to give him his eleventh on the year to drive home all three. Barnes continued the hitting adding a double of his own. He would then be drive home on a single from Jack Murphy and bring the Cavalry within one 7-6.

Murphy would add another RBI to his night in the eighth to tie the ball game for the Cavalry. After two singles from Stovall and Buschini and a walk to Barnes, Murphy came to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a long ball to sacrifice the tying run home for the Cavalry 7-7.

The true rally would come in the ninth when the Cavalry took the ball game away from Sydney. A single from Wells, his fourth hit of the night, would start the inning. Callaway would be the hero of the night with a walk off single to score the winning run giving the Cavalry the ballgame 7-6.

After a rocky start from Dickmann the Cavalry bullpen stepped up to quiet the Sydney bats. The combination of Perkins, Steven Kent, Brodie Downs, and Sean Toler allowed only two runs on seven hits. Toler was given his second win of the year.

Big names on the night were Wells who went 4-5 with an RBI, Callaway who went 2-5 including a home run and the game winning single, and Adam Buschini who went 3-5 to claim the top spot in batting average giving him the lead in the triple crown race (batting average, home runs, RBIs).

The Cavalry return to action Saturday for game three against the Sydney Blue Sox. Game time is slated for 7pm.

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