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Cavs walk off after big comeback
Canberra comes back from 8-3 down to take 2-0 lead
01/04/2019 3:49 AM ET
Michael Crouse pulled Canberra level with a two-run homer in the ninth (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Michael Crouse pulled Canberra level with a two-run homer in the ninth (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Canberra has bolstered their chances of winning the Brut Australian Baseball League North-East Division with a thrilling 10-9 win over Sydney in game two of the Hume Highway Cup on Friday Night.

Michael Crouse's two-run homer with two outs in the ninth capped off a stunning comeback from 8-3 down to force extra innings at The Fort at MIT Ballpark.

A Dwayne Kemp ground ball double play at the top of the 10th inning was enough to see Michael Campbell scurry home and give the Sox a slender 9-8 lead.

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However, it was Michael Fransoso's double to left field that allowed Logan Kingham and Kyle Perkins to score the winning runs for the Cavs on the night.

Canberra's victory moves their record to 17-13, alongside the Brisbane Bandits (17-13) following their loss to Auckland at home.

Sydney remains top of the division with a 20-10 record.

Trent D'Antonio opened the scoring on the night for Sydney in the first inning, following Gift Ngoepe's line drive single.

The Cavs were quick to snatch the lead back at the bottom of the inning, when Zach Wilson's 10th homer for the season allowed Craig Massey to cross the home plate.

The ultra-professional Sydney Blue Sox kicked into top gear in the second inning, piling on four runs to claim a 5-2 lead.

Alex Howe registered the first run of the inning for the Sox after a sacrifice fly by D'Antonio. Joshua Dean, Michael Campbell and Jacob Younis then extended Sydney's lead following two consecutive line drives.

The Sox kept the momentum rolling in the third, when Zac Shepherd scored following a Michael Campbell single.

The ever-reliant Zach Wilson cut the Blue Sox lead back to 6-3, after registering his competition high 11th homer of the season.

Former Narrabundah Ballpark favourite, Jack Murphy, displeased the home crowd for the first time this series, cracking a home run to right field, before Alex Howe added a second run to extend the lead to 8-3.

A line drive to Michael Crouse in just his second game back in Canberra colours allowed David Kandilas to reduce the margin for the hosts.

Canberra reduced the lead to 8-6 in the eighth inning, through a Michael Fransoso homer to right field.

Game three of the series between the Cavalry and Blue Sox will commence on Saturday at 7pm.

 

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