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Canberra Cavalry counts cost of Australian Baseball League decision after missing playoffs

Canberra Cavalry manager Michael Collins insists the Australian Baseball League's decision to strip it of a win for breaching import rules wasn't the reason it missed the playoffs.

The Cavalry finished its season with a 7-2 win against the Sydney Blue Sox at Blacktown on Sunday, but it was little more than consolation after having been eliminated the night before.

Canberra Cavalry manager Michael Collins.
Canberra Cavalry manager Michael Collins. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

The Blue Sox won 2-1 on Saturday night and claimed the season series with the Cavalry 7-5, with both teams finishing with identical 22-24 win-loss records.

The ABL took away the Cavalry's 11-4 win against the Brisbane Bandits in December for a breach of import rules that states there must be at least five Australians in the 10-man line-up.

US import Alex Hudak replaced Australian outfielder Adam Silva, who was hit by a pitch, in the sixth inning, with pitcher Wayne Ough the only alternative.

Collins said he didn't look at the Brisbane game as the one that cost his side a playoff berth.

"There's certainly other games throughout the season that you look at and wonder, if only we had done a little bit more and come out with a win somewhere else," Collins said.

"I'm not going to comment on what was right or what was wrong.

"'The decision was made and I don't think it's up to me or a team to question the governing body at this point."

Collins will return to the US later this week to continue with the San Diego Padres' organisation as the manager of its High A affiliate, the Lake Elsinore Storm.

He is uncertain whether he will return to the Cavalry next season.

"We'll see, I have no idea what lies between now and then," Collins said.

"Obviously right now I'd love to say that I'd love to come back, but who knows with commitments over there, that's the No.1 priority at the moment.

"If that allows for it, great, but if not I'll have to do what I've got to do."

The Cavalry finished its season on a high, scoring three runs in the fourth inning and adding two more in the sixth and eighth innings.

The Cavalry received a terrific performance from starting pitcher Tristan Crawford (3-4), who gave up just six hits and one earned run in six and two-thirds of an inning.

"He did an outstanding job in a day game and gave us a chance to win," Collins said.

"Disappointing not to make the playoffs, but it was a strong all-round game."