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ABLCS headed to Canberra after Cavs' finish
First Postseason berth in capital will be with Claxton Shield on the line
01/28/2013 2:27 AM ET
Cavalry players celebrate after clinching their ABLCS host berth.
Cavalry players celebrate after clinching their ABLCS host berth. (Ryan Schembri / SMP Images)
ADELAIDE, 27 January -The Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, finished off the regular season with a bang, rolling over the Adelaide Bite, proudly supported by SA Power Networks in game four by a score of 11-6. The win today insures that the Cavalry not only have the first playoff berth in franchise history but also that they finish the regular season in first place to warrant them a ABL Championship Series at the Fort at Narrabundah.

The hot bats of the Cavalry are back, and just in time. The ballgame featured four home runs on the day, making eleven home runs in the four game series.

The game took a rocky start for the Cavalry as starting pitcher, Chris Motta struggled early on allowing the Bite to take the lead in the first. Motta loaded the bases then walked a run in on four straight pitches.

The Cavalry took the lead in the third. With a runner on Adam Buschini added to his record breaking season with his fifteenth home run, pushing the Cavalry ahead 2-1.

The Bite responded right back in the third to tie the game at two, on a two out home run from Ji-Man Choi.

The top of the fourth proved to be the big inning for the Cavalry, adding four runs to take what should have been a commanding lead. The inning saw the Cavalry run through the entire lineup while recording five hits. Marcus Knecht started and ended the inning for the Cavalry.

To lead off Knecht singled and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. He would then be driven home on an Aaron Sloan double, to put the Cavalry back into the lead 3-2. The last three runs would be drive home on a single by Antonio Callaway, a fielder's choice, and another single from Jeremy Barnes.

However the cushion would not last long as Adelaide answered back in the bottom fourth to tie the ballgame back up. The comeback started with an unearned run as Josh Cakebread reached on an error and then crossed the plate to score the run on a single by Ben Lodge making the score 6-3. Motta once again got into trouble with the bases loaded and two outs. His night would be over after he walked in another run to allow the Bite to return to within two. Steve Kent would enter the game, to relieve Motta, with the bases loaded. Kent then allowed a stand up double from Stefan Welch to score two more evening the score at six.

The Cavalry offense would not stop and charged back to take the lead thanks to two big home runs. In the fifth, Josh Matavesi connected for his first long ball of the year to put the Cavalry ahead again 7-6. Then in the seventh, after Buschini was hit by a pitch Barnes added two more RBIs to his night as he drove one over the left field fence widening the gap back to three, 9-6.

In the sixth Antonio Callaway made a great catch to end the inning and busted right through the wall in right field. Then, in the eighth the boys added some insurance earning two more runs giving them a five run lead and eventually the ballgame, 11-6.

Next up for the Cavalry will be hosting the ABLCS February 8-10. The Cavalry will play the winner of the Preliminary Final between the second and third place teams to be played this upcoming weekend.

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