With three more weeks in the Australian Baseball League Schedule the playoff races are heating up. The Canberra Cavalry picked up a couple more games on second place Perth Heat by taking 3 of 4 games in this weekend’s series.
Canberra headed into the weekend series up 2.5 games on the two-time defending ABL champion Perth Heat. However, they jumped all over the Heat in Game 1 of the series winning 10-1. Brian Grening (4-0) picked up the win for Canberra tossing 7 innings allowing just 1 run on 4 hits. The Cavalry bats did the rest powering its way to victory. Marcus Knecht (1-for-5), Michael Wells (2-for-4, 3 RBI), Kody Hightower (2-for-5, 2 RBI), and Adam Buschini (3-for-5) all homered.
Game 2 was more of the same as Canberra downed Perth 16-9 in a slugfest. Knecht (2-for-4, 4 RBI), Antonio Callaway (2-for-3, 4 RBI), and Buschini (3-for-6, 5 RBI) all homered in the win. Carter Bell (3-for-4, 3 RBI) and Michael Ohlman (2-for-5, 3 RBI) both homered in the loss for Perth.
Perth finally got stopped the bleeding in Game 3 of the series winning 6-5. Daniel Schmidt tossed 6.1 innings but didn’t factor in the decision. Brendan Wise picked up the win in relief. Bell drove in 2 runs for Perth and Corey Adamson (3-for-5) homered.
However, Perth couldn’t stay on track losing the final game of the series 9-0 as John Holdzkom (3-2) pitched great going 7 scoreless innings allowing just 2 hits to earn the victory. Both Buschini (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Callaway (1-for-4, 3 RBI) homered once again for Canberra.
With the series win, Canberra built up a 4.5 game lead over both Perth and the Sydney Blue Sox.
The top four teams will advance to the playoffs and right now every team is still in the hunt. Melbourne trails first place Canberra by 9.5 games, but they are only 3 games out of a playoff spot after sweeping the Brisbane Bandits over the weekend.
1. Canberra Cavalry 22-11
2. Perth Heat 18-16
3. Sydney Blue Sox 18-16
4. Adelaide Bite 16-18
5. Brisbane Bandits 14-19
6. Melbourne Aces 13-21
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.