Cavalry 6 bt Aces 5
Cavalry walk off Aces in game three
Canberra Cavalry designated hitter Robbie Perkins celebrates his crucial three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth back in the dugout. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
A Mike Crouse walk-off sacrifice fly in extra innings helped the Canberra Cavalry produce a Houdini escape against the Melbourne Aces at Narrabundah Ballpark on Saturday.
The Cavs twice came from behind to beat the Aces 6-5 and take their perfect season record to 3-0.
All three games this series have followed the same pattern, Melbourne getting away to an early lead before the Cavs clawed them back through the middle innings before going on to win.
Cavalry starter Jeff Lyman, who made the Atlanta Braves’ 40-man roster, had a shaky start to his Australian Baseball League career.
He gave up three runs in the first inning, but settled down after that to complete 5.2 innings with no further runs and one strikeout.
The Canberra-born Robbie Perkins hit his first ABL home run, sending both his brother Kyle and Aaron Sloan home as well to level the scores in the bottom of the fifth.
Then the seven-inning contest went into extra innings.
Melbourne again took the lead, scoring twice off Cavalry reliever Eric Massingham.
But Perkins again crossed the plate and when Aces pitcher Shawn Smith walked Jack Murphy with the bases loaded, scores were level again.
Then Crouse stepped up to the plate and got the ball in the air to secure the winning run.
The second game of the double header will round out the four-game series on Saturday night.
Cavalry’s best: P-Jeff Lyman (5.2IP, 7H, 3ER, 3BB, 1K), P-Nick Pugliese (1.1IP, 2H, 0ER, 3K), DH-Robbie Perkins 2-3, 1HR, 3RBI), CF-Mike Crouse 0-3, RBI).