Several Toronto Blue Jays farmhand have played a major part in the success of the 2015/16 Canberra Cavalry.
After an impressive 31 and 25 season, the Canberra Cavalry qualified for the Australian Baseball League Preliminary Final, which started on Friday January 29th with game one against the Adelaide Bite. The Bite finished one game back of the Cavalry for 4th place. Canberra won the season series against Adelaide with 7 wins and 6 losses. Unfortunately, the Cavalry had dropped 3 of their final 4 meetings against the Bite.
The Canberra Cavalry dropped game one to the third place Adelaide Bite by a score of 6-4.
— Canberra Cavalry (@CanberraCavalry) January 29, 2016
David Harris finished the year with a .346 batting average, 6 home runs and 19 runs batted in went 1-for-3. The 36-round draft started the game off with a struck out in the first. He walked and stole second in the third before the inning ended when Jason Sloan grounded out to Bites starting pitcher Josh Tols. Harris collected his only hit in the 5th inning when he singled to right field scoring Boss Moanaroa. Harris would strike out swinging for a second time in the 7th.
The Cavalry’s clean up hitter Jason Leblebijian hit .312 with 8 home runs, 44 RBI in 51 games in Australia went 0-for-3. Jason walked in the first, struck out swinging in the 3rd and in the 5th. Leblebijian grounded into a force out in the 7th to the end the inning.
Canberra starter 30-yr-old Brian Grening took the lost after allowing 5 runs on 8 hits over 5 innings. Brian walked 4 and struck out 5 while allowing on home run.
Toronto Blue Jays Single-A pitcher Colton Turner followed with 2 shut out innings, pitching a strong 6th and 7th innings. Turner allowed 2 hits, struck out 2, while not allowing a walk. He faced 7 batters, throwing 17 of 26 pitches for strikes. Colton induced 3 ground ball outs and one fly ball out.
The Canberra Cavalry and Adelaide Bite will play game two on January 30th.
— Canberra Cavalry (@CanberraCavalry) January 30, 2016