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Nail-biting Series Ends in Draw
Cavalry Continue to Improve as First Home Series Approaches
12/03/2018 6:54 AM ET
Craig Massey - Canberra Cavalry - Photo: SMPIMAGES.COM / ABL MEDIA - Action from the Australian Baseball League (ABL) Round 3 clash between the Auckland Tuatara v Canberra Cavalry played in Auckland.
Craig Massey - Canberra Cavalry - Photo: SMPIMAGES.COM / ABL MEDIA - Action from the Australian Baseball League (ABL) Round 3 clash between the Auckland Tuatara v Canberra Cavalry played in Auckland. (SMP Images / ABL MEDIA)

The Cavalry have come away with a nail-biting 2-2 series split against the Auckland Tuatara at McLeod Park in New Zealand. The men in orange and black continued to improve as an outfit and gain momentum as they head into the first home series of the season.

The opening game of the series saw Steve Kent continue his impressive start to the season. Despite conceding first to Eric Jenkins crossing home, Kent struck out nine Auckland players making his ERA 1.50 after three games.

After being down by a run, the Cavalry quickly responded in an explosive fourth innings. Four runs were quickly added to the scoreboard as Boss Moanaroa, Cam Warner, Robbie Perkins and Zach Wilson all finished with hits. Auckland looked to threaten a comeback, however were eventually outclassed by the ever reliable Steve Kent.

Game 2 saw a thrilling walk-off defeat that levelled the series in testing windy conditions. Eric Jenkins impressed again with the Texas prospect nailing another homerun. However, homeruns from Wilson and Perkins saw the Cavalry take a 2-1 lead in a see-sawing game. After the scores were levelled, the game went into an eighth innings when Kris Richards provided the game-winner.

Once again the weather had its impact as game 3 was shortened due to persistent rain and heavy winds. Despite the tough conditions Shota Imanaga continued his blistering start to the season after striking out 10 in 5 innings, including the in-form Jenkins. Kyle Perkins took charge as he cleaned the ball over the fence for the first score of the day. Shortly after, Wilson hit an impressive homerun that is sure to make many highlight reels as the ball rocketed about 450 feet off his bat. The Tuatara struck back but it was to no avail as the umpires called it in the 7th due to the heavy rain.

The final game of the series was a disappointing end for the Cavalry falling short of a series win with a 9-1 defeat. The Tuatara exploded with dynamic offence that proved too much to handle with all team members firing.

The Cavalry now look to build on their momentum as they come back to defend the Capital for their first home series. The opening game will take place at the renovated Narrabundah ballpark on Thursday the 6th of December. A big crowd is expected to cheer the boys home in what will be a thrilling series against a tough Brisbane Bandits outfit.

Tickets and memberships are still on sale now in 5-game, 10-game, and full-season packages via http://gocavsgo.com.au.

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