SYDNEY, 10 January - The Canberra Cavalry (19-17) proved what a difference a day makes, stampeding over Aaron Sookee (4-5, 3.03) and the Sydney Blue Sox (17-19) on Friday Night, 10-0.
The round nine ABL Pitcher of the Week was roughed up by the offensive powerhouse that is Canberra, giving up six runs in the first inning. The Penrith native suffered the loss, lasting only one inning on six hits and giving up eight runs in total.
The Cavalry piled on the hits, catcher Jack Murphy going 5-for-5 on the night with two runs batted in. Casey Frawley had three hits, while Jeremy Barnes and Jon Berti each had two.
Cavalry starter Ethan Cole (4-4, 4.30) was sensational, earning his second win of the season at Blue Sox Stadium. The righty gave up only two hits in his six frames while striking out two.
For Sydney, sophomore Josh Guyer stopped the bleeding, relieving Sookee in the top of the second. Guyer fanned five Cavalry batters, scattering six hits and giving up two runs. Todd Van Steensel, Matty Rae and Keiran McCluskey each contributed scoreless innings, but all the damage had been done.
Sox hitters were limited to only three hits, Jacob May and Keon Broxton punching singles, while Zac Shepherd contributed a double.
Canberra now lead the Hume Highway Cup 5-4 and are one win away from clinching bragging rights for the season.
The two sides return to action Saturday night at Blacktown International Sportspark. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.