Down 1-0 in the series at Canberra, the Adelaide Bite put on what could arguably be their best display of the season, withstanding a late comeback to hold their nerve and claim a 9-7 win in Game Two. Alex Jacobs with more.
The game started off slowly with neither team creating any chances until the third inning, and it was Adelaide who instantly turned on the style with a five run inning.
Josh Cakebread, John Cannon, Jeremy Cresswell, Joe Scalfani and Byron Wiley all scored, and it was the American, Wiley, who really gave the Bite the advantage in just his second appearance for the club.
Starting pitcher for Canberra, Ethan Cole, recovered after that, and conceded no more runs in his five innings. Kyle Brueggemann, meanwhile, only allowed two runs from his 5.2 innings, and just five hits compared to Cole’s nine.
It was in the sixth inning when the Cavalry comeback began, as two usual suspects in Jon Berti and Casey Frawley scored to reduce the deficit to three runs.
Jeremy Barnes doubled in the seventh and sent Robbie Perkins and Berti home, bringing Canberra right back into the match, down 5-4 heading into the eighth.
Ben Lodge looked at getting the Bite back on track and he did just that as he doubled, allowing Stefan Welch to score, before he scored through an Angus Roeger hit to put the away team up 7-4.
The lead would not last though. Antonio Callaway doubled and Mike Crouse scored, before Berti hit a 2RBI, allowing Antonio Callaway and Ben Warner t score, leveling the game at 7-7 and extra innings seemed imminent.
However, buoyed by an impressive 17 hits for the night, the Adelaide Bite responded straight away through a Brock Hebert homer that flew over left field, while Cresswell soon crossed for his second run of the night through a Ben Lodge hit.
Impressively all but one Bite player scored in the 9-7 victory which keeps their slim post-season chances alive, moving to 14-18 for the season, while Canberra still remain just one win behind the Perth Heat, slipping to 18-14.
With the series split 1-1 Game Three is sure to be intense, and a win is getting more and more important for each team.