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Bite find form for vital victory
Three takeways from series finale
12/01/2017 10:25 PM ET
Isaias Quiroz notched a home run against Canberra.
Isaias Quiroz notched a home run against Canberra. (Ryan Schembri/SMP Images/ABL Media)

The Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, has finished on a high with a 4-2 win against the Canberra Cavalry to finally capitalise on its chances. There is still work to be done at 2-10, but the club knows it can win - it just needs to string more together.

Cavs lend a helping hand

While it wasn't a good start for Canberra, they helped walk Adelaide to loaded bases - and opening runs. With a 3-0 lead after the first inning and just one hit it was a freat way to start with easy bases - having given up a few over the course of the series previously.

Perhaps under pressure for a quick game, Canberra may have rushed their start but for Adelaide there was no such worry and patient at-bats capitalised on wayward pitching. Ultimately the Cavs leaked six walks over the first two innings and with Max Beatty giving up none over his seven it made a huge difference.

Beatty finished with eight strikeouts in his first win of the season, and easily his most complete outing. It may leave Chris Adamson with a good question of which four pitchers should start next week after he essentially had five this week with Game 1 split over two days.

Experience puts Bite on track?

The return of Josh Cakebread and Jeremy Cresswell brought in ABL experience which had been lost, with both performing well in the field, while Cakebread was the best with the bat and notched four hits. 

"Obviously we didn't get the results we were after but it was good fun and good to be around the guys," Cakebread said.

"We're on the right path and just have to stick together and pick eachother up and hopefully the results will start to turn our way."

At 32, Cakebread returned as a veteran player but says he still feels young mentally and his hitting reflected those thoughts.

"I still feel young mentally, but physically not as much. It's just trying to give the younger guys some knowledge and hopefully they take it on board."

"Most of these guys are pro's and know how to go about their business. We're in a bit of a rut but hopefully after today's result can pick it up.

"Winning form is good form."

Quiroz crushes, Lohr continues to rake

Following on from a solid performance in the finale against Melbourne, Isaias Quiroz crushed a solo home run to left field. It was a high shot that lifted the hopes of Adelaide and made a 3-2 lead a 4-2 lead - bringing a little bit of breathing space back into the game. Personally it was only his fifth hit of the season - and first home run - which is a boost for his confidence. 

Elsewhere, Stephen Lohr lifted his average to .410 and he has hit in all but two games this season. With 16 hits in total he has grabbed the ABL by its horns and is making the most of his extra game time. If you're talking All-Star status, he's up there for the internationals.

What's next?

A trip to Perth from Friday-Sunday with the Heat currently 5-4. Traditionally they have the better record and away wins for Adelaide are hard to come by - will that change?

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