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McClendon Throws Complete Shutout as Heat Burn Cavalry
Perth take crucial series lead with 11-0 Win
01/15/2015 7:05 AM ET
BRIAN GRENING - PHOTO: Ben Southall | SMP IMAGES.COM / ABL.
BRIAN GRENING - PHOTO: Ben Southall | SMP IMAGES.COM / ABL. (Ben Southall)

Canberra, 15 January - In the opener of their final home series of the season, the Canberra Elite Cavalry (19-20) suffered a demoralizing 11-0 loss at the hands of the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat (22-19). The Heat were led by pitcher Mike McClendon (4-1, 1.29) - who tossed a completed shutout - and outplayed the Cavalry in just about every aspect of the ballgame.

McClendon and Perth were simply too hot for the Cavalry to handle. They scored consistently throughout the night and never looked threatened on defence, conceding a total of five hits. The Cavs made life even more difficult for themselves with some costly errors early in the night that helped start the scoring for the Heat.

With Brian Grening (3-4, 4.57) on the mound for the Cavs, they appeared to be matching the Heat's pitching ace early on with the score locked at 0-0 through the first three innings.

With one out and two on base in the fourth, a moment of madness allowed Perth to register the first runs of the game. The runners on first and second both stole their respective bases before a fumble and momentary lapse in concentration from second baseman Jason Sloan allowed Luke Hughes, who had stolen third, to score and Rene Tosoni, who had stolen second, to advance to third.

Despite being able to retire the side with no more runs crossing the plate, the Heat took the momentum into the following inning and scored two more runs.

The Cavalry managed to hold the margin to three through the sixth and seventh innings, giving their bats an opportunity to launch a comeback. In the eighth however, the Heat all but put the game to bed with a further three runs. With one out and two runners on base, Allan de San Migual connected with his second homer of the season, this time over the left-field wall.

With Sean Toler coming to the mound, the Heat piled on a further five runs in the ninth inning to arrive at their final tally of 11. As he had done all night, McClendon then resumed control of the game and closed out the victory for his team.

With the Cavalry now trailing the series 1-0 and having slipped out of the top three spots on the standings, they will be desperate to get their race for the championship back on track with a win in Game 2. The two sides will meet again on Friday night at the Narrabundah Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 7PM with gates opening at 6, tickets are available at www.canberracavalry.com.au or by calling the office on 6295-8379.