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Cavalry Loss Leaves Season Hanging by a Thread
01/23/2015 9:45 AM ET

Canberra, 24 January - The Sydney Blue Sox (21-23) have secured the Hume Highway Cup with an 8-6 game 2 win over the Canberra Elite Cavalry (21-23) at Blacktown International Sportspark, Friday night. The loss has made the equation very clear for the Cavs if they wish to feature in the post-season; they must win both of their remaining games to qualify.

On a night that saw the Cavalry handed yet another crucial injury-this time to Jason Sloan, the Sox jumped out to a substantial early lead and never gave it up. The Cavs battled hard all night and came within one run in the seventh but failed to capitalize on the chances that presented themselves. They ended the night with a total of 13 runners left on base.

After trading runs early on, the Sox did the major damage in the bottom of the third, scoring five runs. For the second week in a row, Tim Atherton (6-2, 3.56) never seemed to find his rhythm. After scraping his way through the first two innings, Sydney got a hold of him in the third. Some sloppy fielding from his team certainly di not help his cause but the runs went down against his name. With two out in the third his night came to a close, the stint was by far his shortest of the season.

From there the Cavalry seemed to take control of the ballgame. Their relief pitchers were sitting batters down with relative ease and their offence continually put runners on base.

The Cavs followed the run they scored in the fourth with three more in the sixth. Marcus Lemon pounded a double to score the first two and the third came across the plate with a bases loaded walk. As was the theme of the night the Cavalry could have done more damage in the inning with three runners left stranded.

A further two runs to the Blue Sox in the seventh inning all but put the game beyond doubt. Despite scoring one in the eighth and creating plenty of other opportunities, the Cavs were unable to reel the Sox in. Ending the night with an 8-6 loss.

Game 3 on Saturday night now becomes a do-or-die fixture for the Cavalry. They will send Gabby Hernandez (1-3, 4.97) to the mound and will hope for Jason Sloan to make what appears to be an unlikely return. First pitch is scheduled for 6PM with gates opening at 5PM.

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