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Canberra beat Perth in ABL final opener
23:24 AEST Fri Feb 8 2013

Canberra Cavalry's Brian Grening turned in a strong pitching performance to carry his side to a 6-4 win over Perth Heat in game one of the Australian Baseball League Championship Series on Friday night.

Grening pitched 7.2 innings and struck out 6 batters in Canberra.

The home side scored their six runs in the first four innings of play.

Jack Murphy drove in one run in the first to put the Cavs on the board.

In the second, a double from Kody Hightower turned into a three-run inside the park home run after a costly error from Perth centre fielder Corey Adamson.

A duo of solo home runs from Aaron Sloan and Ryan Stovall in the fourth tacked on two more runs for the Cavalry.

The Heat battled back in the eighth to put two runs on the board and back-to-back solo home runs in the ninth from Tim Kennelly and Luke Hughes cut Canberra's lead to two.

Sean Toler was awarded the save for the Cavalry for his 1.1 innings of relief.

Anthony Claggett took the loss for Perth after allowing 12 hits and five earned runs in six innings.

Game two in the best-of-three series is on Saturday night, again at an already sold-out Narrabundah Ballpark and another win for Cavalry will earn them the Claxton Shield.