The Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, have a penchant for shiny trophies and they are looking to add the Hume Highway Cup to their collection. Thanks to a 10-0 shutout win on the road against the Sydney Blue Sox, they are one game away from putting a little more hardware on the shelf.
The Cavalry were looking to make a statement after dropping four games in a row and they started right away with six runs in the first inning. Sox starting pitcher Aaron Sookee had troubles from the get go, only pitching the first inning and two batters in the second. Though it was a short outing it will likely wreak havoc on his season stats as he gave up eight runs on six hits, one of which was a home run shortstop Casey Frawley smashed over the left field fence.
But the Cavalry weren't content with a 7-0 score and kept their bats alive scoring at least one run in each of the first three innings, taking a break in the fourth and tacking another on in the fifth, rounding out their comfortable ten run lead, one Sydney just couldn't overcome. Blue Sox fans were frustrated, yelling and clapping in hopes of igniting their team; at one point even a man belting out show tunes as between inning entertainment was giving his all in hopes of inspiring the Sox offense, to no avail.
Meanwhile, Sookee's counterpart Ethan Cole shined every bit as much as his last outing in Sydney where he gave up a single run over seven and one third innings of play. This time around, Cole pitched six innings giving up only two hits and holding the Sox scoreless. While Cool-Hand Cole remained calm on the mound, Sydney threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Cavalry burning through a total of five pitchers over the course of the game, none of whom were able to stop the charge.
With Cole pitching well, the bats were led by catcher Jack Murphy's five hits in his five at bats on the evening, driving in two runs. Jeremy Barnes continued his hot hitting adding two doubles, and the Sloan brothers, Jason and Aaron, driving in half of the Cavalry runs combining for five runs batted in.
Cavalry head coach Michael "Tubby" Collins was pleased with the way that the team played tonight.
"That was the game when all the pieces were there together throughout the nine innings," Tubby said. "One error and even that was a tough play, so hitting exploded early and pitching and defence were keeping them to zero runs."
Canberra is one win away from packing up the Hume Highway Cup and taking it home to sit next to the Claxton Shield and the 2013 Asia Series trophy. They'll attempt to clinch the hardware on 11 January in the third of a four game series at Blue Sox Stadium.
The boys return home to take on the Alcohol.Think Again Perth Heat for their final home series of the season starting on 16 January at 7 pm. The series will be jam packed with fun including Canada Night and an exciting game to benefit Lifeline. On Saturday, 18 January, the evening is sponsored by Canberra Elite Cabs and we are asking all fans to come in orange for an "Orange Out." The Leukaemia Foundation will be on hand offering to paint people's hair orange. Tickets are still available, for more information go to canberracavaly.com.au/tickets or call 6295 8379.