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Cavalry Bounce Back with Crucial Game 3 Win
01/17/2015 7:12 AM ET

Canberra, 17 January - The Canberra Elite Cavalry (20-21) sparked new life into their season with a crucial Game 3 win over the Perth Heat (23-20) at Narrabundah Ballpark Saturday night. The Cavalry jumped out to an early four-run lead in the bottom of the first and followed it up with a strong pitching performance to close out the ballgame 7-5.

Previously trailing 2-0 in the series, the Cavalry's season was hanging in the balance. Another loss could have seen them slip to second last on the standings with only five games left to play.

Having given up 26 runs in the first two games, the Cavs needed their pitchers to lift, and that is exactly what they did. With their biggest crowd of the season in attendance, Canberra sent Gaby Hernandez to the mound and the 28-year-old managed to slow down the firing Heat. After giving up two in the first, Hernandez ended the night with only three runs to his name from his six innings.

The Cavalry set up the win in the first inning with six runs coming across the plate, the blistering start left them with a four-run lead going into the second. Marcus Lemon got the dig started for the Cavs when he was driven in on a Jack Murphy single. From there the RBIs began to flow. Jason Sloan drove in Anthony Alford, Robbie Perkins drove in Murphy and Kieran Bradford drove in both Sloan and Perkins. The Cavalry added the sixth and final run of the inning on an Adam Silva sacrifice fly.

The Cavalry only managed one more run for the night with Mitch Walding scoring his second in third inning. Then, Canberra's the defence took over. Cavalry pitchers shut down the Heat from the third inning through to the seventh before giving up two in the eighth. Dustin Crenshaw took the mound late and was able to record the final four outs to secure the win for his team.

Saturday's win gives the Cavs an opportunity to split the series when the two sides meet at Narrabundah Ballpark on Sunday. Another strong game on the mound will be crucial for the Cavs if they are going to take out the final game. Tristan Crawford will take to the start with first pitch scheduled for 12PM. Gates will open at 11PM and tickets are available at or by calling the office on 6295-8379.

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