The coronavirus-affected start to the ABL season can be summarised with a simple Bear Grylls quote for the Canberra Cavalry: Adapt, overcome, survive.
Greater Brisbane's three-day lockdown led to Canberra losing 10 players for their third series against the Melbourne Aces at Narrabundah Ballpark.
But Keith Ward's outfit overcame the setback to split the series two-all, having called on local players to step up when the Cavalry needed them most.
Dean Stoka and James Trevanion earned their first caps this weekend, with the former becoming the oldest debutant in ABL history at 39-years-old on Thursday night.
His stellar seven innings led Canberra to a series-opening win, but the Cavalry failed to back it up and fell 4-3 in a ten-frame thriller for match two.
Melbourne were held scoreless in their first eight innings with Cavalry's Shawn Morimando on the mound, the former Major Leaguer struck out seven, allowed four hits and a walk across his 101-pitch outing.
But Melbourne's Damek Tomscha blasted a three-run homer to spark a late comeback for Aces, who went on the secure the match in extras.
The Cavalry's strength continued with the ball when Frank Gailey tossed his third complete match on Saturday afternoon, helping lift Canberra to their fourth win of the season.
He threw 104 pitches in the 2-1 triumph, allowing one run, seven hits and a four walks with four punchouts.
Robbie Perkins doubled to send Cam Warner home in the second frame, before Mikey Reynolds scored off a Samad Taylor single to double their lead.
The split series ended with Melbourne scoring twice in the sixth to secure the fourth match 3-2, continuing the clubs' run of close finishes.
Cavalry general manager Sunny Singh said Canberra's ability to overcome adversity and rebuild on the fly holds them steadfast moving forward.
"The character and resolve in this squad is unrivalled," Singh said.
"At the moment, our backs are against the wall, but these guys just keep finding ways to fight and perform. They're doing the Canberra name and jersey proud."