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Bandits Seal Game 1 of 2016 Season
Led by the quick feet of Aaron Whitefield, the Brisbane Bandits secure Game 1 over the Canberra Cavalry, 3-2.
11/17/2016 7:25 AM ET

Led by the strategic pitching changes of Head Coach David Nilsson and quick feet of Aaron Whitefield, the Brisbane Bandits, proudly presented by WellDog, sealed Opening Day with a 3-2 win over the Canberra Elite Cavalry.

Locked at two runs in the bottom of the fifth, it was Logan Wade's infield ground out that sent Aaron Whitefield flying home to take a 3-2 lead.

The Bandits' offense catered to an early dominant outing on the bump by left-hander Rick Teasley.

The lefty found some breathing room in the top of the first with Andrew Campbell's leadoff double. Rays prospect Tommy Milone then capitalized on Campbell's positioning with a groundout RBI.

The Bandits' offense continued in the bottom of the third as Mitch Nilsson's double to center field drove Logan Wade home for an early 2-0 lead.

Considering the competitive Opening Day outing, Nilsson was thrilled with his team's first game of the 2016/17 season.

"Everyone got to play in their role tonight and got pretty settled. Canberra played really well so to come away with a win I think is a pretty good night for us," Nilsson said.

Teasley's role was shorter lived than Nilsson hoped, but his efforts on the mound set the tone for the upcoming season.

"He's fantastic. You know, he just got a little tired. It's a really cool night, so he felt good but that fifth inning he just got gassed a little bit and left that ball up. Besides that one pitch, he was pretty solid," Nilsson said.

Teasley's exit in the top of the fifth opened the door for six more pitchers throughout the duration of the game.

For Nilsson, that's nothing out of the ordinary.

"Well that's the way we roll, we have guys that have certain innings, but Searle, Timms and Holland will be at the back end of the game every time," Nilsson said.

Opening Day wasn't only an opportunity for the familiar faces in Queensland baseball, it was an opportunity to showcase the American imports.

Tampa Bay Ray prospects, Kevin Padlo and Tommy Milone looked more than comfortable in their ABL debuts. With a hit and an RBI respectively, the Rays products made their presence known in Brisbane.

For Nilsson, the showcase was extremely rewarding.

"I'm super impressed. They fit in really well which is the most important thing. If they fit in with the guys they are going to play well. To see Tommy's speed and his defense, and just their attitude and mixing in with the players in the dugout, is really good and I look forward to what's ahead," Nilsson said.

With the 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth, Ryan Searle got the call and took care of business. A 1-2-3 inning sealed the first save of the season for Searle and hands Sam Holland his first win of the season.

The Bandits and Cavalry meet again tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at AFA Stadium at Holloway Field, for Game 2 of the Opening Series.

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