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Cavalry, Blue Sox even again after Sunday walk-off
Stovall scores game-winner to lift Canberra
01/20/2013 5:59 PM ET
Ryan Stovall scored the game-winning run for the Cavs on Sunday.
Ryan Stovall scored the game-winning run for the Cavs on Sunday. (Ben Southall / SMP Images)
CANBERRA, 20 January - In another exciting outcome, the Canberra Cavalry driven by Rolfe Renault outlasted the Sydney Blue Sox for a 4-3 win in 12 innings Sunday afternoon at Narrabundah Ballpark. The win moved Canberra back into a first-place tie with Sydney with just four games remaining in the 2012/13 ABL season.

The sloppy defence from the games before looked to be erased as the Cavalry entered the game as the defensive powerhouse they should be. Through six innings the Cavalry recorded eight groundouts, and the ball did not leave the infield through five innings.

The Cavalry came out firing in the first and took an early lead. After a walk to Kody Hightower to start the inning, Ryan Stovall took one out of the park to give Canberra a 2-0 lead. The boys threatened to add more after two singles and a walk loaded the bases, but a strikeout looking would end the inning with the bases juiced.

The strong John Holdzom from two weeks ago emerged today and sent a message to the fans that he was back again, starting the game pitching three up three down.

Holdzkom allowed his first hits of the night in the sixth. The Cavalry starter got into a bit of a jam when he allowed back-to-back singles. The situation got tense when a Cavalry error loaded the bases with only one out. Holdzkom was a champ and pitched out of the inning striking out the final two batters to leave three men on and keep a zero on the scoreboard.

Holdzkom's night would end after that inning but not before he had a stand out outing going six innings without allowing a run, giving up only two hits and striking out seven.

The Blue Sox charged back into the game in the seventh. A triple from Boss Moanaroa would bring a run across the plate. Then, a Broken bat single that distracted Jeremy Barnes allowing the ball to go right past him drove Moanaroa home from third to even the score at two.

The Cavalry took the lead back in the bottom of the eighth. After a single, a walk, and a single, pinch hitter Jack Murphy, would bring the lead run home on a very interesting single to the Sydney second baseman. Adam Buschini ran into the Sydney second baseman on Murphy's slow roller causing him to drop the ball and allowing the run to score. The Cavalry took the lead 3-2. The Cavalry would once again leave the bases loaded to end the inning.

Sydney would answer back in the ninth to knot the game back up at one. After a lead off double, a triple would drive home the tying run, 3-3.

The Cavalry were not able to capitalize in the ninth, as they stranded strand two on base moving the game into extra innings. Both teams threatened in the tenth and eleventh, but it was not until the twelfth that the Cavalry brought the crowd to their feet.

The setting was perfect, crowd on their feet in the bottom of the twelfth bases loaded and one out with Jack Murphy at the plate. Murphy hit a ball to the first baseman, the throw home was not in time as Ryan Stovall slid into home to score the winning run giving the Cavalry the game 4-3.

The Cavalry head on the road for the final series of the regular season as they look to clinch a playoff berth against the Adelaide Bite. The Bite currently sit in fifth place but are looking to climb up the ladder and claim a playoff spot. The four game series will commence on Thursday with game one scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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