The Canberra Cavalry summited the Australian Baseball League ladder for the first time this season on Friday night.
It came after Canberra won their opening two games in Brisbane but they only breathed the rarified air for about 20 hours before losing game three on Saturday afternoon.
Canberra Cavalry pitcher Steve Kent has been in good form this season.Credit:SMP Images/ABL Media
Getting to the top of the table at any point this season didn't look likely when Canberra was swept by Melbourne in their season-opening series two months ago.
But Cavalry pitcher Steve Kent said the team have been typically slow starters in recent years and added it doesn't matter if you're producing your best at the pointy end of the season.
Their best was certainly produced in games one and against the three-time reigning ABL champions in Queensland, as Canberra prevailed 11-6 and 4-1 but then fell 10-3 on Saturday.
"It’s always nice to come up to Brisbane and win a few because it's typically are a pretty tough place to win," Kent said.
"They build their roster around playing up in Brisbane and they've got a lot of power hitters in the lineup and it's a pretty small field, so they have the ability to hit it out of the park.
"But we’ve managed to really keep them inside the ballpark so far this weekend."
Canberra has all but guaranteed their place in the postseason with one round remaining and Kent said their home series against Adelaide next weekend will be the perfect lead-in to finals.
"We did have a bit of a slow start to the season but that's been typical and we do tend to start playing pretty well over the second half of the season," Kent said.
"Over the last couple of weeks we've got a nice roll on and we're hot at the right time of the season leading into playoffs and hopefully we carry on next week against Perth then into finals.
"Home field is definitely is an advantage in finals, getting to play in front of your home crowd helps but if we do have to go on the road then that's just what we've got to do.
"We've had some success on the road this year so it's all just a part of baseball."
Kent was part of the Brave's championship-winning season in 2013 and said he feels like the current roster have what it takes to deliver the club a second title.
"We definitely can win it, I think we’ve built a really good squad, even when we were struggling we knew that, but we are getting hot at the right time and building momentum," Kent said.
"All our hitters are doing well, with Mike Fransoso and Zac Wilson hit home runs this weekend but pretty much all our hitting lineup are stringing together good at-bats and hits.
"I've pitched the first game of every series this season and thankfully I was able to get another win this week, knock on wood I can keep getting us off to good starts."
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