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Cavalry force game three in ABLSF
Canberra score five runs in the eighth, level series
01/26/2019 3:38 AM ET
Craig Massey drove in the go-ahead runs for Canberra in the eighth (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Craig Massey drove in the go-ahead runs for Canberra in the eighth (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Canberra has forced game three in its ABLSF presented by Boral against Brisbane, riding a five-run eighth to a series-levelling 8-6 win on Saturday night.

The Cavalry capitalised on Bandits' starter Tim Atherton leaving the game, going ahead on Craig Massey's two-run single before padding their lead on Zach Wilson's three-run homer at OneHub Stadium powered by Optus.

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Atherton departed with a one-run lead after a strong outing but left runners on first and second with one out for reliever Ryan Searle.

David Kandilas singled on a soft groundball and Canberra struck.

Massey singled to centre field, scoring Cam Warner (single) and Michael Fransoso (single).

Wilson then took Searle deep, giving Cavalry reliever Zech Lemond a four-run lead to protect.

It proved to be a vital homer as Donald Lutz went deep to trim the lead to two runs.

Earlier, Canberra took a second-inning lead on Boss Moanaroa's two-run homer to left field.

Brisbane halved the Cavs' lead in the fourth with Andrew Campbell scoring on a sacrifice fly after leading off the inning with a triple.

The Bandits took their first lead of the game an inning later, striking with two out.

Ryan Battaglia and Riley Unroe got aboard with singles before TJ Bennett's two-run double made it 3-2.

David Kandilas pulled Canberra level with a solo shot ahead of Battaglia driving one deep to left field.

In between, Wade Dutton went close to putting the Bandits back on top in the bottom of the sixth.

But Kyle Perkins' leaping catch at the left-field fence denied Dutton his third homer of the series. 

Perkins then threw the ball in to double off Logan Wade at first base to end the inning.

Team Australia studs Tim Atherton and Steven Kent went head-to-head on the mound in a fascintating battle.

Atherton struck out nine and allowed five runs on four hits and two walks in 7 1/3 innings.

Kent worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts.

The deciding game starts at 12.30pm (local time) tomorrow with all the action live on ABLtv.com.

 

 

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