THE Canberra Cavalry used every cylinder of its firing offence to surge past Adelaide in a wild series opener on Thursday night.
Canberra scored the last four runs of the game to record a 10-9 victory at Narrabundah and move half-a-game behind league-leading Brisbane.
The Cavalry and Bite combined for 13 runs in the first three innings and looked on pace to match or eclipse the ABL runs record set by Canberra and Sydney last Sunday.
But the scoring slowed and a couple of power plays guided the hosts to a 1-0 series lead.
Boss Moanaroa doubled in the sixth to cut the lead to one before red hot Robbie Perkins drove in two runs with two outs to put the Cavs ahead.
The duo combined for six hits and six RBIs while Mike Reeves went 2-for-5 and plated three runs.
Zech Lemond, Andrew Case and Steve Kent ensured the lead stayed for good.
Earlier, winless Adelaide starter Steven Chambers – who had received just one run of support in his first two starts – got the perfect start as the Bite took a 1-0 lead before he got to the mound.
But the Cavs piled on four runs of their own.
The lead changed a few more times and import Marcus Greene Jr homered to make it 9-6.
Game two is Friday night.
- Chambers, a former Brisbane and Canberra pitcher, remains winless after three starts this season. The right-handed went 8-1 in 14 regular season starts in his first year at the Bite.
- Marcus Greene Jr put the Bite ahead 9-6 with his first ABL home run in the fourth. The two-run shot was just Adelaide’s second homer this season – last in the league behind Brisbane (3).