The Canberra Cavalry’s season come to an end after dropping game 2 of a double-header played on January 31st, 2016, which happened to be game 3 of the best-of-3 Preliminary Final Series against Adelaide Bite.
The Cavalry dropped game 1 on January 29th, 6-4 making it Game 2 a must win. Which they did, winning game 2.
— ABL (@ABLeague) January 31, 2016
Adelaide jumped on Canberra’s starter, Steven Kent, in the first inning for a pair of runs. The Bite’s clean up hitter, Kyle Petty, drove in John Schultz when he cleared the fences in left center field.
Kent settled down after allowing 2 runs in the first frame. Kent finished the day allowing 7 hits over 6 innings, 2 runs, a walk and 8 strikeouts. Steven Kent left with the lead after the Cavalry charged back with a pair in the 5th and one in the 6th.
David Harris got things going with 2 outs in the bottom of the 5th, getting on base after being hit by a pitch on the hands. Adelaide’s starter, Steven Chambers, had held Harris in check with a strikeout and a pop out to that point. Chambers nearly hit Harris with the previous pitch when he floated a curve up near the head. River Stevens cashed in Harris easily with a double to right field corner, 2-1 Bite.
Harris finished the game 1-for-3.
Jason Leblebijian knotted the game up at 2’s, cashing in River Stevens with a long flyball to the right field wall that Bite’s John Schultz couldn’t pull in. Leblebijian walked his previous two at-bats. Jason Sloan grounded out in the next at-bat to end the inning.
Leblebijian finished the game 1-for-2 with an RBI and 2 BB.
Bryan Pound scored the winning run for the Cavalry when he cleared the left field fence off of Takuro Ito, making it 3-2 for the CC’s.
Blue Jays farmhand, Colton Turner, took the mound for the 7th and 8th innings, giving the Cavalry two scoreless innings with two hits. Colton finished the season on a high note with 2 scoreless playoff appearances, throwing 2 inning in the opener.
Adelaide took control of Game 3 with a four run 3rd inning and never looked back with add on runs in the 4th, 7th and 9th. The final score: Adelaide 9 Canberra 2.
Blue Jays farmhands, Harris and Leblebijian, finished their ABL season strong with 2 hits a piece.
In his first at-bat of the game, David Harris reached first on a throwing error and scored when Leblebijian singled him home an two at-bats later to tie the game up at 1-1.
Harris hit 2-out singles in the 2nd and 4th, and grounded out in the 7th before being lifted in the 9th for a pinch hitter.
Leblebijian followed his 1st inning RBI single with a 5th inning single sandwiched between a 3rd inning ground out and a 7th inning ground out. Jason registered the Cavalry’s final out of the game and season with a strike out.
Blue Jays farmhand, RP Phil Kish, had the best pitching line of any Canberra pitcher with 2 scoreless innings of one 1 hit, 1 strike out relief. Kish followed starter Scott Cone (2.2IP, 6H, 5R, 2BB, 2K, and HR) and Louis Cohen (3.1IP, 4H, 3R, 2BB, 4K, HR).
— Canberra Cavalry (@CanberraCavalry) January 31, 2016
Congratulations to our Blue Jays prospects on their success during the Australian Baseball season. Hopefully the success they experienced will carry over to the MiLB season.
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