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Canberra Cavalry pitcher Tristan Crawford picks up the win in the Australian Baseball League All Star game

Canberra Cavalry pitcher Tristan Crawford will be taking plenty of confidence into this weekend's crucial Australian Baseball League series with the Brisbane Bandits.

The Cavalry (12-12) are aiming for a second straight series victory, but will have to be at the top of their game against the second-placed Bandits (14-10), starting on Friday night.

Crawford is expected to be the starting pitcher in Saturday night's third game of the four-game series after he picked up the win for Team Australia against the World All Stars in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

Crawford gave up two hits and one earned run in his one inning of work as Team Australia scored eight runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Cavalry catcher Robbie Perkins, who was making his All Star game debut, played his role in the comeback 11-8 victory, coming off the bench to have two runs batted in with a key hit in the eighth inning.

Pitcher Tim Atherton, who is expected to start in Saturday's first game of the double header, gave up just one hit on no runs when he threw the second inning.

The Cavalry are in contention for the playoffs after completing a 3-1 series victory against the Melbourne Aces last weekend at the Narrabundah Ballpark.

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