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Cavalry into Postseason behind Buschini's big bat
Second baseman records three hits, four RBI in win
01/26/2013 1:31 AM ET
Antonio Callaway (r) greets Adam Buschini after his HR on Friday.
Antonio Callaway (r) greets Adam Buschini after his HR on Friday. (Ryan Schembri / SMP Images)
ADELAIDE, 25 January - In game two of four, the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault defeated the Adelaide Bite 8-7 and clinched a spot in the postseason for the first time in Cavalry history. The win also assures that the Cavalry can finish the season no lower than second.

The boys from the capital pulled through with a huge win with thanks to two two-out three run homeruns. The pitching out of the bullpen came up huge for the Cavalry as they secure a playoff berth.

The game started off well for the Cavalry as they jumped to an early lead in the first. A leadoff walk to Kody Hightower and a single to Adam Buschini put runners on first and second. With two outs Jack Murphy jacked one out of the park to bring home all three and give the Cavalry a 3-0 lead.

However, the Bite answered back to even the score in the second, 3-3. The inning started off with starting pitcher Robert Dickmann allowing a solo homerun to Ji-Man Choi to put the Bite on the board. Two doubles and two singles would bring home the final two runs of the inning.

The Cavalry regained the lead in the fourth thanks to a solo home run from Jeremy Barnes over the center field wall. The long ball continued in the fifth, this time Buschini took his turn. After two singles from Antonio Callaway and Ryan Stovall left runners on the corners with two out, the perfect man for the job stepped up to the plate. Buschini blasted one over the left field fence to drive home three to widen the gap to 7-3, and add three more runs batted in to his league-leading total. The Cavalry threatened to add more but left runners on first and second to end the inning.

The Bite added a run of their own in the fifth to move the score to 7-4. Dickmann's night was over in the bottom of the sixth after he gave up back to back singles to start the inning. Kyle Perkins entered the game and walked two straight batters to load the bases, then drive a run in and bring the Bite within two. Another run would be driven home on a sacrifice fly, bringing the Bite back into the game 7-6.

The Cavalry added another in the top of the seventh. Hightower singled to start the inning and would be driven home to give the Cavalry a two run lead. Buschini continued his hot hitting, adding another RBI on a single. Buschini then moved into scoring position, stealing second base. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch, but the Bite were able to limit the damage and strand him there.

The seesaw would continue in the bottom of the inning as the Bite hit the fifth homerun of the night, this time off the bat of Quincy Latimore to close the gap back to one 8-7.

Cavalry pitching retired the side in order in the eighth, and even though the Bite threatened in the ninth with a runner in scoring position and only one out Sean Toler was able to come up big earning two strikeouts to end the game and the inning to propel the Cavalry into the post season.

Buschini finished the night 3-5 with a homerun and four RBIs to regain the lead in batting average, giving him the lead in the Triple Crown race.

The boys return to action for game three on Saturday as they look to gain ground on Sydney and possibly move to the top of the ladder. Game time is slated for 7:30pm

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