Canberra Cavalry catcher Jack Murphy thinks the new USA import rules are unfair, but he says it won't stop the Cavs from finding a way to win.
He felt the Cavalry might have started to feel invincible during their five-game winning streak, which played a part in back-to-back losses against the Adelaide Bite last weekend, but it was a wake-up call ahead of facing the Bite in another four-game series starting in Adelaide on Thursday night.
The Cavalry have relied heavily on USA imports such as Murphy during the ABL's first four seasons, with the import rules in constant flux during that time.
Injuries and availability meant the Cavs struggled to meet the requirement to have five Aussies in the 10-man line-up in the series against Perth.
But Murphy said it would take more than rule changes to stop the Cavalry from winning as it had become part of the club's culture - as highlighted by the 3-1 series win against the Heat.
"People don't necessarily understand why Canberra wins games and why we've had so much success over the last three years, but we just have a good environment for winning here and that's a credit to [manager Michael Collins] and the other coaches on the staff that have created that," Murphy said on Wednesday.
"Regardless of what happens coming out of the league office we're going to find a way to win games and be competitive."
The Cavalry had won seven of eight games halfway through their last series against the Bite and appeared to have all the momentum when leading 5-4 in game three.
But they ended up losing 9-8 and then gave up a five-run lead to lose the following day as well.
Murphy said it was a credit to the way the Bite played.
"I think we were on a real roll, we'd won seven out of eight games, everyone felt a little invincible and the way the first two games that series went it looked like we were just going to roll through," he said.
"I think what we needed was a little bit of a wake-up call and Adelaide did a good job of that."
Murphy hopes his three-year-long endless summer will help him achieve his goal of making it to the Major Leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays.
He's started his third season with the Cavalry in fantastic form, hitting .423 to have him currently sitting second in the Australian Baseball League batting averages.
The 26-year-old felt he'd improved with every visit Down Under and benefitted from playing as much as possible.
He said his role as back-up catcher for the Blue Jays' AA- and AAA-class teams meant he wasn't exhausted despite going into his third year of non-stop baseball.
"There's some guys who need the break, but when I play in the States I only play every three or four days - I'm typically the back-up in AA or AAA," Murphy said.
"So this gives me the at-bats that I don't get when I'm over there because I'm constantly trying to improve, trying to get better and trying to get to the big leagues.
"This was an opportunity to come out again. I love Canberra, I love playing here, it was just an easy fit."
Collins has made just one change to the 22-man roster, with closer Sean Toler coming into the bullpen to replace Ian Marshall.
CANBERRA CAVALRY v ADELAIDE BITE
At Norwood Oval, Thursday 7.30pm, Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday 1.30pm.