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Cavs top Bandits in classic
Melean walks it off in the ninth for Canberra
12/07/2018 5:43 AM ET

The Cavalry have leveled their Brut Australian Baseball League series against Brisbane with a 2-1 victory on Friday night at The Fort at MIT Narrabundah Ballpark.

In what was a special night for the Cavalry, retiring legendary ABL pitcher Brian Grening's number 41, the win improved Canberra's record to 6-8, while the Bandits fell to 8-5.


In what was a low scoring affair, the game winning moment was provided in the bottom of the ninth with a walk off win for the Cavalry.

Robbie Perkins found first base with a fly ball to centre field, before Michael Fransoso (single) hit a ground ball advancing Perkins to third base.

Kelvin Melean was the hero for Canberra, driving in the game-winning run, as the Padres prospect legged out an infield single.

The crowd in Canberra were treated to a pitchers duel of the highest order, as veteran arms Travis Blackley and Frank Gailey duked it out.

Blackley struck out five in six strong innings for the Bandits - but Gailey took it to another level - as the 33-year-old struck out 11 in eight dazzling innings.

The opening runs of the game for both teams came in the third inning.

Danny De La Calle opened the scoring for the Bandits with a line drive homer to left field, while Justin Lopez registered the Cavalry's first run of the night with following a fielding error by left fielder Mitchell Ellis.

Game three of the series between Canberra and Brisbane will begin on Saturday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 7pm.

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