Cavalry Leads Stampede to Asian Series Championship

Entering this series the teams representing Australia had not won an Asian Series game, much less a championship.  The two times Australia was represented the Perth Heat lost all five games they played.  Not so the Canberra Cavalry.  Not only did they win three games, but they won the championship game as well, beating the Uni-President Lions from Taiwan 14-4.

The game was closer than the score indicates.  Taiwan was ahead in the game 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh.  The Cavalry jumped on the Lions for five runs, then added six in the eighth to run away with the game.  The MVP of the tournament Jack Murphy slugged a grand slam homerun in the eighth to finish the game with seven RBIs.  He had a 2-run single in the opening frame to drive in the first two runs for the Cavalry and drove in another run in the five run seventh on a sacrifice fly.  Murphy had hit a 2-run homer in the tenth inning of the semifinal game to give the Cavalry the lead against the Samsung Lions.

Mitch Denning also did some damage for the Cavalry with five hits in five at bats, scoring three times and driving in two.  The Cavalry pounded out twenty hits in the game with Jon Berti again spanking three hits from the leadoff spot to also score three times and drive in two runs.  He batted .500 for the tournament.

There were close to 8,000 who attended the finals but over 100,000 who watched the game on line.

The only countries now who have participated in the Asian Series and do not have a championship are Taiwan, China and Italy (who participated for the first time this year).

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