CANBERRA, ACT - After a strong start and nearly four hours of baseball, the Canberra Elite Cavalry fought back against the visiting Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, to win 10-9.
The Cavalry took an early lead in the first inning, with a stand-up triple by Mike Reeves that drove three runners in.
Cavalry Manager Michael Collins was pleased with the offensive performance.
"We jumped out early and we continued to score runs throughout the game," Collins said.
Adelaide Bite fought back picking up three runs in the second and third and two runs in the fourth to take the lead 9-5.
This forced Collins to go through his bullpen early. He replaced opening pitcher Lee Sosa in the second inning with AJ Holland who was quickly replaced by Jackson Lowery in the third inning.
"Unfortunately we couldn't stop the Bite early on but if you look at the scoreboard and see the zero's at the end of the game, its very pleasing signs," he said.
Tim Atherton was finally called in at the top of the fifth inning and was the saving grace, keeping the Bite scoreless for three innings.
In the seventh inning, Boss Moanaroa and Robbie Perkins pulled the Cavs out of trouble scoring three runs taking the lead by one.
The Cavalry tried to charge home in the eighth inning but they left two runners on base as the Bite replaced pitcher Hei-Chun Lee with Matt Williams, keeping the Cavalry scoreless.
Cavalry pitcher Andrew Case was called in at the top of the eighth maintaining Canberra's lead by one while Steve Kent closed the game sending the Bite packing.
The Cavalry and Bite will meet again for Game 2 of the series on Friday 2 December at The Fort at MIT Ballpark. First pitch is at 7:00 pm AEDT.