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Cavs double up in double dip
Canberra break single-game doubles record
01/20/2018 4:31 AM ET
Canberra starter Lake Bachar struck out seven to pick up his fifth win of the season (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Canberra starter Lake Bachar struck out seven to pick up his fifth win of the season (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Canberra kept alive its hopes of hosting an ABL semi-final series, thumping Sydney to take a 3-0 series lead at Blacktown International Sportspark on Saturday night.

The Cavs topped the Sox 13-5, improving their franchise record winning streak to nine games and closing in on second-placed Perth.

Canberra used a strong outing by starter Lake Bachar and ABL record 11 doubles to down Sydney.

The Cavs' first eight hits were of the extra-base variety after all six of their hits in the early contest of their doubleheader were doubles.

By the time infielder Boss Moanaroa snapped the streak with a fifth-inning single, Canberra had established a 5-1 lead.

But they were not done yet.

The Cavs finished with 11 doubles, breaking their own ABL record of nine set against Adelaide at Narrabundah on December 3, 2016.

First four batters Travis Witherspoon, Casey McElroy, David Kandilas and Jay Baum each had two doubles for the game.

Moanaroa drove in four runs as Canberra improved its record to 22-12 in a dominant display.

Bachar excelled on the mound, striking out seven in six innings.

He allowed two runs - one in the fourth and another in the sixth - on four hits as he picked up a fifth win of the season.

Zac Shepherd and Michael Suchy homered for Sydney with Bachar gone.

Shepherd took Thomas Holland deep for his third homer of the season and Suchy added his sixth off Tayler Saucedo.

The series concludes tomorrow at 4pm local time.

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