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Cavalry Charge breaks Perth Heat to Win Game 1
DJ Davis homerun drives 3 runs home and helps the Cavalry beat Perth Heat 5-2
12/15/2016 6:46 AM ET
DJ Davis hits a homerun in Game 1 against the Perth Heat at MIT Ballpark
DJ Davis hits a homerun in Game 1 against the Perth Heat at MIT Ballpark (Brett Fewson SMP IMAGES)

CANBERRA - A homerun by Cavalry DJ Davis in the bottom of the seventh inning was the moment that brightened a dark and cold night in Canberra during Game 1 of the clash between the Canberra Elite Cavalry and Alcohol Think Again Perth Heat.

Cavalry pitcher Louis Cohen opened the game and went 5.1 innings with five strike outs, giving up one run and a walk before he was replaced with Andrew Case.

Louis was pleased with the support from the rest of the team praising the guys for the great job in the field. 

"Tonight felt great, I was excited to be out there and threw strikes. I let the guys behind me do their job and they definitely supported me, getting me out of trouble a few times," Louis said.

"In the end, it was a solid outing by everyone on the mound tonight."

"For me, I will get ready for the next game; I just want to be able to get deeper into the game."

Andrew Case saw out the fifth inning but his time on the mound was short-lived as he gave up one run and Cavalry Manager Michael Collins called upon Tim Atherton at the beginning of the seventh inning. 
    
As both teams remained scoreless for four innings, it was not until the bottom of the fifth that the Cavalry put one run on the scoreboard thanks to a bases loaded walk to Scott Kelly. 

The 1-0 lead was short-lived as the Heat came back with two runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Finally the Cavalry charge broke through the Heat's defence when DJ Davis, 1 for 2, homerun over the left field fence drove in three runs, placing the Cavalry in front 4-2.  

DJ Davis said the hit felt great and he was pleased to be able to put the Cavalry back in front in the bottom of the seventh inning. 

"I have been working a lot on my hitting, just seeing the ball and working on getting good contact," DJ said.

"I had to remind myself to see some pitches after my first at bat. I said to myself, I need to calm down and get something I could handle and put a good swing on it."

"This is a great experience; I am really enjoying it and just need to build on my performance from tonight."

DJ Davis's homerun was followed by a double to right field by Jason Sloan that drove in Josh Almonte in the bottom of the eighth inning to extend the Cavalry lead to 5-2. 

David Kandilas continued his strong performance with the bat, going 2 for 4 while Scott Kelly was 1 for 2 and walked twice during the game.

Defensively in right field, Josh Almonte took a leaping catch in the second inning that helped keep the Heat scoreless early.  

For the Perth Heat, opening pitcher Conor Lowrey went 4.2 innings, gave up one run, seven strike outs and four walks. 

With the bat, Derick Pederson went 1 for 4 with 1 RBI while the Kennelly brothers, Tim went 3 for 4 and Matt went 2 for 3.

Heat's Ulrich Bojarski also provided entertainment for the night, letting his bat go as it flew nearly 10 meters in the air following a big swing that didn't connect.

The Cavalry will face the Heat for Game 2 on Friday 16 December 2017 at The Fort at MIT Ballpark. First pitch is at 7:00 pm AEDT. 

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