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Perth Bats Stay Hot to Take Game 4
Canberra slips to a 20-22 record after the 14-4 loss
01/17/2015 11:56 PM ET
THE FORT (Brett Fewson)

In what is likely to be the final game to be played at Narrabundah Ballpark this season, the Canberra Elite Cavalry (20-22) lost to the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat (24-20) by a score of 14-4 on Sunday afternoon. The Heat bats continued to scorch the Cavalry, as they outscored Canberra by 31 runs over the four game series, taking three of four games.

As if the series loss wasn't disappointing enough, the final game of the series saw both starting pitcher Tristan Crawford and centrefielder Anthony Alford exit the game due to injury. Crawford left the game in the fourth inning after showing signs of discomfort, while Alford left after laying out for a deep shot to right-centre field in the sixth. The Cavs will need both Alford and Crawford to make quick returns for the final series in Sydney if they are to retain their playoff charge, especially given the various injuries the Cavalry have already experienced this season.

Crawford got off to a rough start as he gave up a leadoff home run to Perth shortstop Joey Wong, though the Cavs' own shortstop Marcus Lemon hit a deep shot of his own off Heat starter Daniel Schmidt. Canberra broke through in the third inning, initiated by an Alex Hudak walk and a single from Lemon. Jack Murphy advanced the runners with a groundout, allowing both to score on a two run double by Jason Sloan. Mitch Walding followed Sloan's effort with a double of his own to drive in the Cavalry's third run of the inning, pushing the lead to 4-1.

The lead didn't last more than a half-inning, as the Heat tallied seven runs in the top of the fourth to close the inning ahead 8-4. Aaron Thompson came in to relieve the injured Crawford, but couldn't stop the bleeding as he was charged with five earned runs over his two innings of work. Perth continued to peck away at the Cavalry relief staff, adding two runs in the sixth and four more in the eighth. Meanwhile, the Heat bullpen held the Cavs in check after Schmidt was chased from the game in the fourth, charged with 4 earned runs on the afternoon.

The Cavalry travel to Sydney next week, in what will be a definitive four game series against the Blue Sox. Be sure to catch all of the action via the and iiNet streaming services as the Cavalry try to keep their season alive as they set their sights on the third and final playoff position. Also, check back in at for updates regarding the pair of games against the Brisbane Bandits that were previously washed out, as they may soon be rescheduled to a future date. Should games be rescheduled to be played in Canberra, find your tickets online or by calling the office at 6295-8379.