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Bandits off to fourth-straight ABLCS
Brisbane will meet winner of Perth and Sydney decider
01/26/2019 10:13 PM ET
Brisbane celebrate Donald Lutz's late homer (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Brisbane celebrate Donald Lutz's late homer (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Brisbane's quest for a fourth-straight Claxton Shield is on track after recording a comeback win over Canberra in game three of their ABLSF presented by Boral on Sunday.

Donald Lutz's three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh put the Bandits on top as they secured their spot in the ABL Championship Series with a 9-5 win at OneHub Stadium powered by Optus.


Andrew Campbell's RBI-double pulled Brisbane within a run after TJ Bennett reached on an error, ahead of Lutz going deep for the third time in the series.

The Cavalry entered the bottom of the seventh up 5-3 after David Kandilas homered to add an insurance run.

But it did not stand up.

Lutz put the Bandits up and David Sutherland and Riley Unroe extended their advantage with homers in the bottom of the eighth.

Ryan Searle closed the door in the ninth, shaking off a rocky outing 24 hours beforehand.

Earlier, Robbie Perkins broke a deadlock with his first home run of the series.

Brisbane took the lead in the bottom of the second.

Wade Dutton's third homer of the series erased Boss Moanaroa's two-run homer before Wynton Bernard went back-to-back.

Cam Warner provided an instant response for the Cavs, leading off the third with a solo shot.

Canberra starter Frank Gailey departed in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded following two errors from his defence and a hit by pitch.

Reliever JR Bunda was able to preserve the Cavs' one-run lead, inducing a groundball force out from Logan Wade before striking out Donald Lutz.

Bunda then got Wade Dutton to fly out on a 3-2 count to end the inning.

Gailey allowed three runs on five hits and a walk four days after guiding Canberra past Melbourne in the Wildcard Game.

Travis Blackley's afternoon came to an end in the following half-inning.

Zach Wilson started the inning with a double before Blackley struck out Michael Crouse ahead of being replaced by Loek Van Mil.

Blackley finished with four runs to his name on eight hits.

The left-hander struck out four.

The Bandits will meet the winner of this afternoon's decider between Perth and Sydney.

Brisbane will host game two and three (if required) of the ABL Championship Series presented by Boral after claiming the top seed following the completion of the regular season.

The full ABLCS schedule will be released following the completion of the weekend's action.


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