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Cavs take lead in race for second
Steve Kent picks up seventh win of season for Canberra
01/10/2019 3:52 AM ET
Canberra's Craig Massey scored four runs in a game one win (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Canberra's Craig Massey scored four runs in a game one win (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Canberra moved into outright second spot in the North-East Division after downing Brisbane 11-6 in their Brut Australian Baseball League series opener at OneHub Stadium powered by Optus on Thursday night.

The Cavalry overturned an early deficit, riding strong offence and an impressive pitching display, for a fifth-straight win after sweeping divison leaders Sydney in round eight.

Zach Wilson blasted his league-leading 12th homer in the third and starter Steven Kent struck out nine in seven innings to overcome an early challenge and improve to 7-0 on the season.

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Canberra took the lead for good in the fifth with Craig Massey scoring on a Michael Crouse single.

The Cavs padded their advantage in the sixth and seventh, and again in the top of the ninth after the Bandits threatened.

Brisbane's pitching struggled for command, issuing eight walks, and Canberra capitalised.

Back-to-back walks to start the seventh, followed by an intentional walk, allowed the Cavs to add three runs and extend their lead to 9-4.

But the Bandits scored two in the bottom of the eighth to stay alive.

Danny De La Calle's double on a line drive gave Campbell and Logan Wade the perfect opportunity to score two more runs for the home side.

Crouse impressed in his own right, scoring Canberra's final run for the night, as Kouki Aoyagi was out on a sacrifice from Brisbane's Mitchell Ellis.

The Bandits' early success came down in the first two innings of the game, with Logan Wade's single on a ground ball allowing Andrew Campbell and TJ Bennett to score the first two runs of the night for the hosts.

Riley then added Brisbane's only homer of the night to put the Bandits on top 4-3 after two.

The vital four-game series continues from 6pm local time tomorrow at OneHub Stadium powered by Optus.

 

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