12 February 2018

Cavalry looking for Heat relief

| Dominic Unwin
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Canberra Cavalry and Perth Heat are planning to turn up the heat at Narrabundah Ballpark this week. Photo: BEN SOUTHALL | SMP IMAGES.

The Canberra Cavalry will head into their series against the Perth Heat, looking to leapfrog their opponents into second place.

The Cavalry will do battle with the Heat over four games beginning tonight as they aim to build momentum following their last home series against the Melbourne Aces.

What happened last week?

The Cavalry had the in-form David Kandilas to thank for delivering them a 3-1 series win over the Melbourne Aces at Narrabundah Ballpark last week. The ‘Kandi man’ has been a revelation for Canberra this season, boasting a batting average of .400. The 27-year-old was in fine form against the Aces with a crucial home-run setting up a win in game four to hand the series to the Cavalry.

The clutch performance came after a massive 17-2 win opened the series for the home side, followed by an equally impressive 14-2 victory and a 4-10 loss.

Can they handle the Heat?

If ever there was a team to avoid right now it would be the Perth Heat. The Western Australian side head to the Fort on the back of a seven-game winning streak. The Heat wrapped up their series against the Adelaide Bite with dominant 11-5 and 11-4 wins.

The Heat and Cavalry are also two teams with a bit of history, having battled it out for the 2012-13 title that ultimately went to the Cavalry.

Players to watch

Kandilas – Like last week much of Canberra’s fortunes will rest on the shoulders of their designated hitter. The joint-RBI leader on 20, Kandilas could well be the key to stopping Perth’s unbeaten run.

Kyle Simon – The Heat’s starting pitcher endured a mixed series against the Bite. Despite pitching five shutout innings, he also conceded five runs in the first. While there’s no doubting his side’s offensive capabilities, Simon will need to stand up if Perth are going to continue their streak.

Did you know?

The Cavalry are teaming up with Canberra Milk to help fight domestic violence. The ground-breaking partnership will see money raised for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) over this weekend’s series against Perth.

Every time Canberra strike-out an opposition batter, Canberra Milk will donate $500 to the DVCS. Their Chief Executive Officer Mirjana Wilson said that the partnership will prove invaluable to the good work done by DVCS in the Canberra community.

“This is also a great opportunity for DVCS to receive exposure to a group of people who might not have otherwise been exposed to the work we do, or indeed that we exist,” Wilson said.

When and where?

Game one: Thursday 7 pm,

Game two: Friday 7 pm,

Game three: Saturday 7 pm,

Game four: Sunday 12 pm, at Narrabundah Ballpark.

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