2017/18 ABL CS – Canberra v Brisbane
11 Feb 2018 17:00 AEST
GAME 1: Friday, 7.00pm AEDT / 6.00pm AEST
GAME 2: Saturday, 7.00pm AEDT / 6.00pm AEST
GAME 3 (if required): Sunday, 5.00pm AEDT / 4.00pm AEST
Brisbane and Canberra opened the season on November 16, now they will close it out when they clash in the 2018 Australian Baseball League Championship Series this weekend.
The Bandits will feature in their third-straight decider as they chase a historic three-peat while the Cavalry are back on the ABL’s biggest stage for the first time since 2014.
Canberra will be the host for game one on Friday night ahead of game two and three (if required) in Brisbane on Saturday and Sunday as the ABLCS is split across two cities for the first time.
The Bandits booked their spot after taking down Melbourne 9-8 on David Sutherland’s walk-off homer in their winner-takes-all semi-final on Sunday.
After the opening two games of the series were washed out at Holloway Field, Brisbane survived a late scare when Aces’ infielder Darryl George tied the ballgame in the top of the ninth on his second homer.
Sutherland’s lead-off home run in the bottom of the ninth propelled the Bandits into another ABLCS.
Brisbane will be chasing its third-straight title after defeating Melbourne last season and Adelaide in 2016.
The Cavs will be hunting for a second ABL title at their third attempt after completing a comeback victory in their best-of-three semi-final series against Perth at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark.
Canberra lost to Perth 2-0 in its last ABLCS appearance in 2014, a year after claiming the 2013 crown against the Heat.
This season’s version of the ABLCS looms as a fascinating contest, especially with hosting rights split between the competing teams.
The Bandits claimed five of seven regular-season contests between the teams with one game rained out in Brisbane.
The Bandits won all three encounters at Holloway Field with the series in Canberra ending in a split.
Despite the difference in the head-to-head ledger, the season-series was a tight affair with Brisbane winning several games from behind.