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Bite stunned by late Cavalry charge
01/07/2017 12:03 AM ET
Two hits by Stefan Welch cannot get Adelaide over the line against Canberra at Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex.
Two hits by Stefan Welch cannot get Adelaide over the line against Canberra at Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex. (Ryan Schembri/SMP Images/ABL Media)

ADELAIDE, JANUARY 7 - The Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, led early but a late Canberra ELITE Cavalry saw the away side win 5-2 at Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex.

A solo home run to Karl Hoschke was one of the major highlights as Adelaide, led by Zach Cooper on the mound, made an impressive start, before the Cavalry chipped into the Bite's bullpen and picked out every hole in the field.

Mitch Dening's bat was firing in the first inning with a sacrifice fly, before D.J. Davis' RBI single tied the game up for Canberra in the second.

Hoschke, who arrived in Adelaide via the Brisbane Bandits last season, smoked a Sean Guinard (W, 3-1, 2.78) pitch over left field with ease.

Several scoreless innings followed as Zach Cooper impressed in his pitching debut with seven hits, one run and four strikeouts in five innings before the experienced Loek van Mil (L, 0-2, 0.61) stepped onto the mound with Boss Moanaroa at first.

While Moanaroa was out on a fielder's choice, the sixth inning sparked a Canberra rally which saw Josh Almonte score on a bad hop, while Davis clubbed his second RBI of the night to send in the go-ahead run.

Adelaide threatened in the sixth when Jordan McArdle doubled, but despite getting two runners on base, the Bite could not get a run late in the game.

Utilising an experienced bullpen, not even Hei-Chun Lee could stop the late Cavalry comeback when Aaron Sloan knocked in a RBI double, while youngster Jackson Brebner-Russ also fell victim to an RBI double as Canberra pushed ahead 5-2.

The win puts Canberra (14-12) back into second ahead of Adelaide (13-13) with two games left in the series.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.