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Cavalry stumble, Bite seize early Rd. 13 momentum
Canberra out of first-place tie once more
01/25/2013 1:46 AM ET
Stefan Welch and Quincy Latimore celebrate Welch's second HR.
Stefan Welch and Quincy Latimore celebrate Welch's second HR. (Ryan Schembri / SMP Images)
ADELAIDE, 24 January - In game one of the final series of the regular season, the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, fell to the Adelaide Bite proudly supported by SA Power Network 4-3. The loss, along with Sydney's win over Brisbane, moves the Cavalry into second place with three games remaining in the season.

Canberra threatened to score in the second after a walk and two singles loaded the bases. However the boys were not able to capitalize and stranded the bases loaded.

Adelaide took advantage in the bottom of the inning and notched a run on the board thanks to a screaming home run from Stefan Welch, giving the Bite a 1-0 lead. The home run was the twelfth allowed by Grening on the year.

The Cavalry took the lead in the fourth thanks a two outs shot over the fence. With Marcus Knecht on first, Aaron Sloan drove his second of the year to give the Cavalry a 2-1 lead.

The Bite answered back in bottom half on the inning to even the score. After a double, a two out single would drive home the tying run to knot the game at two all.

The next few innings proved to be a pitching duel as neither team was able to break the stalemate for three innings. In the sixth and seventh inning both sides were retired in order for twelve quick outs. Both teams were waiting for the opportunity to arise in order for them to take back the lead.

Unfortunately the team that created the opportunity would prove to be the Bite as they added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 4-2 lead. With a runner on first, Welch drove another one the park for his second home run of the night.

The Cavalry had a chance to rally in the ninth, but fell just short. The inning started out with a Jack Murphy double then Marcus Knecht singled to put runners on the corners with no one out giving the Cavalry a good chance to come back. Murphy would be driven home to bring the game within one 4-3, however that is where the game would end.

Cavalry starter Brian Grening went six innings allowing only two runs on six hits while striking out five.

Game two will take place Friday night at 7:30pm as the Cavalry look to earn the one win they need to secure a place in the postseason.

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