Canberra Cavalry hit Perth Heat out of Narrabundah Ballpark

Canberra Cavalry hit Perth Heat out of Narrabundah Ballpark

It was a birthday present like no other, not just because Ryan Miller had produced two home runs for his mother, but because he hoped it would help put a smile on her face as she recovers from breast cancer.

Sporting a pink-ribbon tattoo on his left wrist, the Canberra Cavalry designated hitter played one of the games of his life to drive his team to an emphatic 16-7 demolition of the Perth Heat at Narrabundah Ballpark on Thursday night.

Ryan Miller unleashes a grand slam in the first inning on Thursday night against Perth.

Ryan Miller unleashes a grand slam in the first inning on Thursday night against Perth.

Photo: SMP Images

The win kept Canberra one game behind the Brisbane Bandits in second spot on the Australian Baseball League ladder.

"It's actually the first time in my entire life hitting a multi-home run game and it felt amazing," Miller said.

"Hopefully my mum was watching back in the States for her birthday and hopefully she loved this because this was for her.


"She was diagnosed just a couple of weeks ago with breast cancer. She's doing OK, she had surgery. They're still running some tests on her to see how everything's going. So far she's good."

It was more akin to a home-run derby than a ballgame with Canberra hitting four, while the Heat chipped in with one in front of 1187 fans.

Millar blasted two out of the yard, including a first-inning grand slam that got the home team off to a 7-0 lead after the first.

Canberra batted around in the opening frame as Heat starter Daniel Schmidt was lucky to last the inning.

He wasn't helped by a couple of errors. First baseman Correlle Prime dropped a regulation bouncing ball that would have had Boss Moanaroa out before the first-base umpire called Moanaroa safe on the follow-up play when he appeared to be well short.

Moanaroa has loved his move to Canberra and has re-signed for a further two years through to the end of the 2017-18 season.

Along with Miller's long bombs, the second of which was a two-run effort in the sixth, Cavalry catcher Jack Murphy hit one (two runs, bottom of fourth) and Bryan Pounds (three runs, bottom of sixth) also went yard, while Heat shortstop Sam Kennelly hit a solo shot in the eighth.

Part of the San Diego Padres organisation, Miller was sent Down Under to get more at-bats after a shortened 2016 season back home.

"The Padres sent me down here to get some at-bats and some games behind the plate because I missed a month in the beginning of the regular season with a back injury, so I'm just trying catch up on some repetitions here," he said.

Cavalry pitcher Steven Kent will start game two of the four-game series at the Fort on Friday night at 7pm.

PERTH 0 2 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 7R 12H 2E

CANBERRA 7 1 1 2 0 5 0 0 x 16R 13H 1E

Win: Brian Grening (5-4, 3.67). Loss: Daniel Scmhidt (3-6, 5.40). Cavalry's best: DH-LF-Ryan Miller (3-5, 2HR, 6RBI); 3B-1B-Bryan Pounds (3-4, HR, 6RBI); C-Jack Murphy (2-3, HR, 2RBI); 2B-Jason Sloan (3-4, RBI).

David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne covers the Canberra Raiders, local rugby league, Canberra Cavalry, racing and cycling, along with every other sport, for The Canberra Times.

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