With the game tied at five in the top of the tenth inning and Jeremy Barnes on first, Jack Murphy hit a long fly ball over the fence in right field to give the semi-final win to the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, 9-5. The Cavalry beat the champions of the Korean Baseball Organisation, the Samsung Lions. The win catapults the Cavalry to the Grand Final of the 2013 Asia Series.
The game started quickly for the Cavalry with the Australian Baseball League champions jumping out to a 5-2 lead through four innings. But the Lions would not go quietly into the night. They put three runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score, and it stayed that way until the tenth inning.
The Cavalry bullpen was fantastic, with Jeff Lyman pitching three shutout innings to keep the game tied going into the top of the tenth.
Then it was all up to Jack. Jack had been struggling all tournament; having only one hit and hitting into seven double plays, but with the count full, he found his pitch to hit.
"It was a great feeling," the catcher said. "I knew right when I hit it that it was gone. This was the biggest home run of my career."
Aaron Sloan doubled in two additional runs after Jacks big home run, to make the score 9-5, and the Sean Toler took the mound and shut the door on the Lions.
"It was a great night," Cavalry Manager Michael Collins said. "Everyone contributed and I am proud of every member of this team. We still have work to do, but we are going to enjoy this one tonight.
Other top performers on the evening include Barnes who went 5-5 and Jon Berti who stole three bases.
The Cavalry will play the winner of the Uni Lions (Taiwan Champions) and the Rakuten Eagles (Japan Champions) on Wednesday night.
After the Asia Series, the Cavalry return home to Canberra to face the Brisbane Bandits for a three day four game series. The Bandits were swept over the weekend by the Sydney Blue Sox, so they will be coming to town looking to rebound. Tickets to see the history making Cavalry from the 22nd - 24th are available at canberracavlary.com.au/tickets or by calling (02) 6295 8379