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Cavs inflict rare series sweep on Sox
Canberra pull within one game of North-East Division lead
01/06/2019 1:59 AM ET
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The Cavalry have completed a Brut Australian Baseball League series sweep over the Blue Sox after a convincing 8-5 victory on Sunday afternoon at The Fort at MIT Ballpark.

The crucial series win now puts Canberra equal second with the Bandits in the North-East division, and sets up blockbuster series next week in Brisbane.

Canberra designated hitter Zach Wilson continued his hot form, singling early in the first to score Michael Fransoso.

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David Kandilas then grounded into a double play, but Craig Massey was quick enough to score, giving the Cavalry a 2-0 lead at the bottom of the first.

A double by Canberra infielder Cam Warner followed by a Kouki Aoyagi single put the Cavalry further ahead 3-0 at the bottom of the second.

Massey then singled and Aoyagi crossed the plate give to Cavalry a 4-0 lead.

The Cavalry showed no mercy to Sydney starting pitcher Josh Guyer, skipping further ahead to a five-run lead when Kandilas nailed a solo homer at the bottom of the third. Guyer was replaced after three innings.

Sydney put their first runs on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth after catcher Jack Murphy hit his second homer of the weekend to score Gift Ngoepe bringing the score to 5-2.

The Blue Sox closed the gap to just one run at the top of the fifth after Jacob Younis hit a sacrifice fly, allowing Michael Campbell to cross to plate. Another sacrifice fly by Dwayne Kemp scored Trent D'Antonio.

Canberra plated two decisive runs in the seventh, as Cam Warner picked up his 15th RBI of the season. The Cavs consistently put pressure on Sydney, which culminated in a bases-loaded walk from reliever Chia-Jen Lo.

Sydney had one last chance to comeback in the top of the eighth, but managed just one run care of Jacob Younis' second sacrifice fly of the afternoon.

Steve Chambers picked up his first win of the season, despite giving up four earned runs in five innings.

Canberra have another crucial series in Brisbane next week, with the first pitch scheduled for Thursday 6pm AEST.

Sydney host Auckland in their next series, starting Thursday night 7pm AEDT.

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