In the first game of the best of three semi-final between the Adelaide Bite and the Canberra Cavalry, the Bite took off very well. After the Cavalry took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a two run jack hit by Ryan Miller, the Bite evened the score in the very same frame on two doubles (one of them was a ground rule double).
In the bottom of the third inning, with runners on the corners, Angus Roeger singled to right field on a fly ball that drove in Davis Page from third and moved Tom Brice to third all the way from first. Then Cavalry pitcher Brian Grening gave up two consecutive walks; one that loaded the bases and one that allowed Tom Brice to score from third base for the 4-2 lead for Adelaide.
Both teams scored two more times in the remainder of the game. The Bite’s Travis Demeritte went yard twice, one solo shot in the sixth and one in the eighth inning.
After Adelaide’s Hei Chun Lee gave up a run in the seventh, Loek van Mil was called to the mound to replace Lee. In the remaining 2.1 innings Van Mil stayed perfect as he recorded two ground outs, two pop outs and three fly outs for the save.
Next to being the best hitter, going 3 for 3, Pat Demeritte was also man of the match as he belted in the game winning run and the insurance run with two solo shots. Next to the two homeruns, he hit a double as well and drove in four runs in total.
Both teams will move to Canberra for game two and game three (if needed), which will be played Saturday and Sunday.