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Cavs Secure Playoffs Place After Series Split With Brisbane
First place still up for grabs in the Northeast division
01/14/2019 1:34 AM ET
Kyle Perkins - Canberra Cavalry - Photo: SMPIMAGES.COM/ABL Media - Action from the Round 9 Australian Baseball League clash between the Brisbane Bandits v Canberra Cavalry, played at One Hub Stadium powered by Optus.
Kyle Perkins - Canberra Cavalry - Photo: SMPIMAGES.COM/ABL Media - Action from the Round 9 Australian Baseball League clash between the Brisbane Bandits v Canberra Cavalry, played at One Hub Stadium powered by Optus. (SMP Images / ABL Media)

OneHub stadium hosted an enthralling series split as the Cavs secured their spot for this season's playoffs. The Cavs hit the road to Brisbane for the first time since their heated 2017/18 ABLCS clash which saw a bench-clearing incident.

The Thursday night game was a high-scoring affair with the Cavs powering home to a 11-6 victory in front of the hostile crowd. It was a nervous start as the Bandits took an early lead before the Cavs offence kicked in.

After being down 2-0 in the early stages, Steven Kent once again came up clutch and struck-out nine in seven innings to halt the Brisbane outfit. As Kent reclaimed momentum for the Cavs, Zach Wilson hit his incredible 12th league leading homer as his red-hot form continues.

As the Cavs charged to taking the lead, Brisbane's pitching woes began allowing eight walks throughout the game. Canberra capitalised to extend their lead and didn't let go as the boys in orange and black took a 1-0 series lead.

Game two was a much more even affair as both teams fought tough to get the upper edge. Kouki Aoyagi crossed the home plate thanks to a Michael Fransoso line drive to take an early lead before Brisbane scored one in the third to even proceedings.

The game was all locked up at 1-1 before Craig Massey connected for his first home-run of the season in the eighth inning as the Cavs went on to win it.

The Bandits came out firing in game three and were too strong for the Cavs as starting pitcher Tim Atherton struck out a career-high 13 hitters. Brisbane's offence began to click for the first time in the series as they ran away with a 10-3 victory to keep the series split within reach.

Home-runs seemed to be the theme of game four as the Bandits split the series with a complete 8-0 performance. Brisbane flew out of the blocks as they scored a whopping six runs in the second inning. Home-runs by Riley Unroe, Andrew Campbell and David Sutherland secured the series split in front of the home crowd.

The Cavs now return to MIT Ballpark to take on the Perth Heat in what will be another crucial clash. With every position within the top 5 still up for grabs, fans should come to support the guys as the business end of the season approaches.

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