After yesterday’s hail out, it was bad weather all day around the Australian capital, and ast some point hailstones fell out of the sky, there was a double header scheduled for today between the Cavalry and the Bite.
In a very close game two (first game of the day), the Bite took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Adelaide pitching staff could not cling on to the lead. Starting pitcher Steven Chambers pitched five innings and in the fifth he surrendered the lead by giving up two runs. Chambers got within one out but then hit David Harris with a pitch, followed by two doubles that drove in the run that put Canberra on the board and the game tying run.
Takuro Ito replaced Chambers in the bottom of the sixth, which appeared to be a wrong move as he gave up the go ahead run when Bryan Pounds pounded a line drive over the left field fence.
Ito took the loss as he gave up one run on three hits in 1.2 innings.
Winning pitcher was Steven Kent, who lasted six innings. He gave up two runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out eight. Best hitter for the Cavalry in game two was River Stevens who went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.
So decisive third game was needed
In that third game both teams got the same number of hits and committed the same number of errors. Still the run differential was big.
In the first three innings, the Bite offense jumped on Cavalry starting pitcher Scott Cone.
The Bite took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first but the Cavalry bounced back by tying the game. In the next inning, the Cavalry took a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the third inning it looked like if Cone would cruise through the inning as well as he recorded two quick outs. But then the trouble started. After giving up a walk to Travis Demeritte, Cone gave up a single to Kyle Petty and a double to Stefan Welch that drove in two runs. Tom Brice’s single drove in Stefan Welch for the third run of the inning. Cone didn’t get the needed help of his defense as shortstop Jason Leblebijian, bobbled the ball hit by Angus Roeger, who reached first base safely. Tom Brice, who advanced to third on the fielding error, scored on Mark Wit’s single to make it 5-2.
Eventually the Bite scored three more runs to make it 9-2.
Nick Talbot earned the win for the Bite. In 5.2 innings he gave up two runs (one earned) on nine hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Best hitter for the Bite was once again Travis Demeritte, who went 2 for 3 with again two homeruns, two RBI and three runs scored.
Thanks to this win the Adelaide Bite advances to the ABL championship series where they will face the Brisbane Bandits, who finished on top of the standings. This means that European players Donald Lutz (GER) of the Bandits and Loek van Mil (NED) of the Bite will face each other.