ABL: Series Review – Adelaide Bite V Canberra Cavalry

Fiasco Sports gives you a review of the series.                                                    


Image: Jeffrey Chan

Image: Jeffrey Chan


Note: All statistics shown are up to date as of the end of the series, not on a game-by-

game basis.


The SA Power Networks Adelaide Bite (16-18) took the away series against the Canberra

Cavalry driven by Rolfe Renault (18-16), 3-1 at Narrabundah Ballpark this past weekend.


Game 1


The Canberra Cavalry defeated the Bite in Game 1 of the series, winning 5-2 following a

strong performance by their pitching staff and outfielder Mike Crouse.


Starter for the Cavalry, Brian Grening (5-3, 3.95 ERA) was able to pitch six strong innings,

surrendering two earned runs on six hits. Reliever, Nick Pugliese (3-0, 0.78 ERA) was able

to earn his first hold of the season, pitching 1.2 innings while only giving up one hit and

striking out four. Canberra’s Sean Toler (1-1, 2.40 ERA), was able to shut the door,

earning his eighth save of the season.


Adelaide starting pitcher, Matthew Williams (0-3, 3.18 ERA) was able to hold the Canberra

offense to one run through the first five innings of the game.  Unfortunately for Williams,

Canberra outfielder, Mike Crouse was an offensive force, going 3-4 with two home runs

and three RBI. Crouse’s home runs in the 6th and 8th inning providing enough spark to give

the Cavalry a Game 1 win. Williams’ final line was 6.2 innings pitched, four earned runs on

nine hits striking out five.


W: Grening (5-3, 3.95) L: Williams, Ma (0-3, 3.18) SV: Toler (8) HR: CAN: Crouse 2 (6)




Game 2


Adelaide rebounded from its Game 1 loss and found some much needed offense to take

Game 2. A five-run third inning and a combined four runs in the top of the eighth and ninth

inning was enough to give the Bite the win, 9-7.


Import, Kyle Brueggemann (3-3, 3.83 ERA) earned a no-decision, pitching 5.2 innings,

giving up five hits and two earned runs while striking out two. Brueggemann did not allow

any runs until the bottom of the sixth. Canberra shortstop, Casey Frawley tripled on a fly

ball to centre field, followed by a Jeremy Barnes single on a ground ball to left field.


Adelaide’s bullpen was not able to hold the lead, surrendering seven runs between the

sixth and eighth inning. Nick Valenza (0-0, 18.00 ERA) yielded two earned runs on three

hits in 0.2 of an inning. Fu-Te Ni (3-1, 2.08 ERA) was credited with his first blown save of

the season, conceding three earned runs in 1.2 innings. Despite the blown save, Ni was

awarded the win after Richard Olson (2-1, 0.68 ERA) was able to close the door, earning

his first save of the season.


Canberra starter, Ethan Cole (3-4, 4.30 ERA) struggled. Cole pitched five innings,

allowing five earned runs on nine hits. He was awarded a no-decision with Clint Everts (0-

2, 13.50 ERA) receiving the loss.


W: Ni, F (3-1, 2.08) L: Everts (0-2, 13.50) SV: Olson (1) HR: ADL: Hebert (1)


Game 3


Adelaide continued to carry momentum into Game 3, taking the game, 5-3 after 13 innings

on a Stefan Welch double and Andrew Davis single.


Starter, James Campbell (1-1, 4.94 ERA) allowed three earned runs in 2.2 innings. Wilson 

Lee (0-0, 0.75 ERA) came in relief and pitched six shutout innings, striking out nine. Bite

pitchers, Richard Olson and Blake Holovach (3-4, 4.63 ERA) were able to nullify the

Canberra offense. Holovach was credited with the win, with Matthew Williams collecting

his seventh save of the season.


For Canberra, Steven Chambers (1-2, 5.09 ERA) was given the start, lasting 6.1 innings

and surrendering three earned runs. Nick Pugliese was fantastic in relief, giving up no

runs, going 3.2 innings and striking out seven. Sean Toler was credited with the loss,

conceding two runs in three innings of work.


W: Holovach (3-4, 4.63) L: Toler (1-1, 2.40) SV: Williams, Ma (0-3, 3.18) HR: None


Game 4


Needing to win Game 4 to split the series, the Canberra Cavalry could not find a way, losing 6-5 in the final game of the series.


For the Bite, starting pitcher Darren Fidge (0-0, 3.63) lasted six innings on the mound,

yielding four earned runs on three hits and five walks, striking out two.


Canberra’s Aaron Thompson began the game on the hill for the home team, lasting 5.2

innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits, two walks and striking out one.


Bite centre fielder, Byron Wiley got the offense going early, hitting a 3-run RBI double in the

top of the first to give the Bite a 3-0 lead. Adelaide’s Angus Roeger continued the offense,

a two run RBI double to extend the Bite’s lead to 5-2.


Three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for the Cavalry pulled the score back to 5-5

heading into the ninth inning before an RBI single by Joe Sclafani gave the Bite a 6-5 lead.


Matthew Williams came in and claimed his first win of the season, pitching 1.1 shutout

innings and giving the Bite a 3-1 series victory.



W: Williams, Ma (0-3, 3.18) L: Everts (0-2, 13.50) SV: None HR: None




The SA Power Networks Adelaide Bite (16-18) will be back in Adelaide taking on the

Melbourne Aces for a four game series beginning at Norwood Oval on January 9.


Stay tuned to Fiasco Sports for a preview before the series.


For ticket information, go to http://web.theabl.com.au/tickets/tickets.jsp?sid=t4064


Written by Fraser Fyfe


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