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Cavalry pitcher hoping for national call-up

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David Polkinghorne

Canberra Cavalry pitcher Kyle Perkins.

Canberra Cavalry pitcher Kyle Perkins. Photo: Colleen Petch

Canberra Cavalry relief pitcher Kyle Perkins is hoping he did enough in closing out the Australian Baseball League All Stars game to impress Team Australia head coach Jon Deeble.

The Aussies were too strong for the World All Stars, winning 6-4 at Melbourne Ballpark on Sunday, and Perkins didn't give up a hit in the ninth inning.

Deeble used the game to cast his eye over several players ahead of the World Baseball Classic in Taiwan in March. Perkins was unsure whether his three-up, three-down stint was enough to impress the national coach.

The Canberra product has had limited opportunities so far this season for the Cavalry, mainly due to the dominant performances of the Cavs' starting pitchers and closer Sean Toler. But he was credited with the first save of his short pitching career since converting from catcher.

''I came out, I had a strong innings, to make up for the bad one I had in Sydney [playing for Team Australia against the Sydney Blue Sox],'' Perkins said. ''Just doing all I can, trying to pitch well and letting everyone know I'm still around and still doing the right things.''

While Perkins was the only Cavalryman who played for the Aussies, Canberra boasted seven players in the All Star game on the back of three consecutive series wins.

But it wasn't a great day for the men in orange.

Cavalry starter Brian Grening gave up three runs in his one-inning stint, including two home runs.

Kody Hightower, Jeremy Barnes, Jack Murphy and K. C. Hobson all failed to get a hit, but Ryan Stovall was his usual dominant self with two hits from three at-bats.

Perkins had bragging rights over Hightower and Barnes - both were his victims.

The second-placed Cavalry starts a four-game series against the Brisbane Bandits at Narrabundah Ballpark on Thursday.

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