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Canberra Cavalry fall further behind Brisbane in top spot race with Perth loss

They may have missed a golden opportunity to heap more pressure on Brisbane in the race for top spot, but Canberra Cavalry player Bryan Pounds is already focused on exacting revenge on Perth next week after a 9-4 loss at Narrabundah Ballpark on Sunday.

Cavalry starting pitcher Scott Cone had a day to forget, conceding eight runs off seven hits in just over two innings as the Heat built an 8-0 lead to set up the win, and split the four-game series.

Canberra have one of the league's more explosive offences but aside from two runs in the fourth inning, they never really threatened a comeback.

The Cavalry won the first two games of the series, including a dramatic walk-off home run from Jack Murphy on Friday night, but couldn't maintain that momentum over the weekend.

Losses to Perth in games three and four has allowed Brisbane to extend its lead atop the ABL ladder to two games after its 7-5 win over the Aces in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon.

After a brilliant start to the season consistency has eluded the Cavalry in recent series, but Pounds insists top spot, and a home grand final series, remains the goal.

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Canberra and Perth clash again next weekend in a four-game series in Western Australia.

"You obviously want to go out and get an early lead and with our line-up we're never out of it, but we just never got the breaks we needed today," Pounds said.

"We got hit a bit but they had a lot of balls fall in and we didn't, that's baseball. We need to come out and get an early lead, we're a big momentum team.

"We're still only a game and a half [behind Brisbane] because we only have to tie them to be ahead [with the split]. There's still a lot of baseball left and anything can happen."

Sunday's loss to Perth was Derrick Loveless' last game for the Cavalry before he returns home to the US to get married.

"Loveless will be missed. He's a great guy, a great teammate and obviously a great player," Pounds said. "It's going to be a big hole if we try [to fill it]."

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