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Canberra Cavalry get chance to charge home in ABL prelim final

The Canberra Cavalry are confident of sellout crowds when they have home-ground advantage against the Adelaide Bite in the Australian Baseball League preliminary final series next weekend

In the interest of getting ticket sales moving before Australia Day, ABL operations manager Ben Foster contacted Cavalry chief executive Donn McMichael and his Adelaide Bite counterpart Nathan Davison on Friday with the idea of locking in next weekend's games regardless of where the two teams finished on the ladder.

Cav starter Louis Cohen had a tough night out against the Adelaide Bite on Friday.
Cav starter Louis Cohen had a tough night out against the Adelaide Bite on Friday. Photo: Ryan Schembri/SMP Images / ABL

It was originally planned that whoever finished second would host games two and three, if needed, next Saturday and Sunday respectively, with the third-placed team holding game one on Friday.

But the Cavs will host games two and three at Narrabundah Ballpark, while game one will be in Adelaide.

At the time, final ladder positions were still up in the air, with the Cavalry needing to win one of their four games against Adelaide this weekend to secure second spot.

A 3-2 win over the Bite on Saturday night ensure the Cavalry finished second on the ladder, with the Brisbane Bandits guaranteed to finish top and host the championships series the following weekend.

McMichael said there would be additional seating for the play-offs, including some down the third-base line in foul territory inside the fence.

"We're hoping for a cracking crowd. I think it will be a sellout. We've been ringing members and almost all have bought their seats for the game," he said.

"We've got more corporate seating available and seats go on public sale on Monday 11am. Looking forward to some good home support to get us through to the following week."

McMichael said the finals structure was a good outcome for the Cavs because it was what manager Michael Collins had asked for.

"I applaud [the ABL] for it, they wanted to get ticketing moving with Australia Day coming up ... we had a teleconference the three of us on Friday and it was put forward by Ben, and Nathan was fine with it," McMichael said. "I would've done the same thing in reverse circumstances, to be honest."

The Cavs had a disastrous game against the Bite on Friday night losing 18-4, which opened up the possibility of the visitors getting swept and Adelaide jumping above them into second.

McMichael was confident they could turn things around in the play-offs.

"It's not like football, anything can turn in a moment ... I think we'll be fine regardless if those results happened over the next two games [as well]," he said. "We're still going to be very competitive because we've got a very good offensive side."