Sport

Canberra Cavalry split ABL double-header with Sydney Blue Sox

The Canberra Cavalry are thanking word of mouth in the small ACT baseball community, which has gifted them a "great addition" in Belconnen Bandits pitcher Louis Cohen. 

The Cavalry and Blue Sox split Saturday's Australian Baseball League double-header, with the visitors winning the first game 2-0 before the Cavalry turned things around with Cohen on the mound to win the second 7-4.

While the Canberra bats struggled in the opener, they came to life in the second after Sydney got out to a 2-0 lead.

It started with a Bryan Pounds walk and ended when a Jason Sloan single brought home shortstop River Stevens to score.

In between Canberra plated four other runs in an explosive second frame.

They extended their lead with a run in the bottom of the third and then again in the fourth, before the Blue Sox mounted a brief rally with two runs in the eighth. 

Advertisement

Canberra's bats were allowed to fire on the back of a solid 7.1 innings from starting pitcher Cohen, who gave up two earned runs with four strikeouts.

"Big pick-up for us there. It's always nice when you get a guy like that come in. He's been able to throw a lot of really good innings for us and take us deep into the ball game," Cavalry manager Michael Collins said.

"At this point of the year it's been a great addition for us."

If it wasn't for the wind, Cavalry catcher Jack Murphy could have been the match-winner in the first game.

With the Blue Sox leading 2-0 and two Cavalrymen on base, Murphy looked to have hit what would have been a winning home run only for it to get held up and fall metres short in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Sydney had scored a run in the top of the third inning and another in the top of the sixth in the shortened game.

They were able to hold on largely due to the efforts of starting pitcher Lachlan Wells, who threw 5.2 innings for no runs and just three hits, along with five strikeouts.

The loss came on the back of Canberra's 3-2 victory over Sydney on Friday night in front of 2064 fans. The four-game series wraps up on Sunday at 5pm.

AT A GLANCE

Game two

Sydney 001 001 0 - 2R 7H 1E

Canberra 000 000 0 - 0R 3H 0E

Win: Lachlan Wells (1-1, 3.66); Loss: Steven Kent (6-4, 3.30); Cavs best: P-Jimmer Kennedy (1.0IP, 0H, 0R, 1K), P-Kent (6.0IP, 7H, 2R, 2W, 3K).

Game three

Sydney 020 000 020 - 4R 11H 0E

Canberra 051 100 00x - 7R 13H 1E

Win: Louis Cohen (2-0, 2-42); Loss: Wayne Lundgren (3-7, 4.39); Cavs best: P-Cohen (7.1IP, 9H, 4R, 2ER, 1W, 4K), CF-David Harris (3-5, 2RBI), 2B-Jason Sloan (3-4, 1RBI).

Advertisement