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Record Setting day for Bandits

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Feb. 25, 2017

Unelievable day of baseball today. Several records were set at the ball park in Concord this morning. If you are still reading you know this isn't true. We got the blood beat out of us twice in two games. Just as we have forecasted to the boys thus far....get ready to experience some good, and some bad in this sport we call baseball. There are far too many moving parts  to consider it  to be easy or effortless...and so fate dealt a cruel and just punishment to start our  inaugural kid pitch season:  sweet 0-2.

The upside is we played two really good teams that have had some kid pitch games under their belts this fall. So, we lost to two winning programs. In Belmont we like to also groom these boys to do something on the football field, so we take it one season at a time. Congrats to the two teams that beat us. They deserved to win each game. Still....with one hit given up today, it is tough to accept these losses in some ways. The sun will rise again tomorrow though, and we will be back to eat a couple left jabs in order to land our left hook. 

In game one against Stars Baseball 9u out of Pageland, SC we lost the game 12-5. Blake Hartness was the star of this game for us, as he showed very strong command for 4 solid innings. He was very efficient, and kept their runners off base and from scoring most of the game. The win wasn't to be for the Bandits, though, as 12 out of the last 14 batters walked. Three pitchers got a try that last inning, but as the time ticked closer to expiration our opponent was smart enough to be taking a lot of pitches and thus most of their runs came from our lack of throwing enough strikes. Blake gave up zero hits on the day and walked a few himself;  but he was the reason we were in the game at all. The typically strong defense didn't get a chance to make a mark very much, as not many swings occurred the whole game. So, our first outing in a kid pitch game turned sour. Offensive leaders were Brody Crawford with 2 singles out of two plate appearances and scoring a run. Zeke Pruitt, Carsten Green, Patrick Blee and Luke Lassiter all contributed a hit as well. Not much offensive fireworks for us this game;  we hope to hit it better as the season goes on.

Landon King got the nod in the second game on the hill, and pitched great today. We faced the Carolina Spinners. They are a really solid and crafty team. Landon allowed one hit, struck out 12, had ONLY 2 walks but gave up four runs in total. Those runs were primarily due to one bad inning where we had a couple missed throws on strikeouts and other errant throws in the field. They scored two late to secure the victory, but was a tightly fought contest until the last inning. The Spinners showed great defense, especially the left side of their infield. Diving catches, snags to shots hit right at them and good fundamental defense spelled doom for our offense. We mustered only 2 runs on 5 hits. We hit the ball much better than 5 hits shows to be, but good defenses have a tendency to make ten probable hits end up being five actual hits. Luke Lassiter led the offense going 2-2 with two singles. Bug Green, Patrick Blee and Aydan Bradley each contributed a hit. A 5-2 loss and a pedestrian offensive attack signaled the end to a sunny day that felt like a dreary Saturday.

If our hitting can catch up to that pitching we got on Saturday, then we should be able to figure some things out. We left a lot of runners on base, especially in the second game;  a recipe for sure disaster in baseball. We ended up giving up 17 runs today, and only scoring 7. Like we tell the boys....we will play the best, in the best league and test our mettle a bunch of times this year. If you don't think it's the place to be....come get you some and find out. We will play you anywhere, anytime.  Tomorrow is a new day, and we have a lot of fight left in us.

 

 

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