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Reality check; back to normal
Feb. 27, 2017
Sunday was a better day at the ball field for the Bandits. After our initial foray into kid pitch baseball on Saturday, we settled in a little more on Sunday. We still have a lot of work to do, and plenty of room for growth. Pitching was steady for the most of the day, and we ended up capturing two wins. It was a better day on the whole, as we scored 27 and gave up 8. We reversed the trend from the previous day, thank goodness.
Our first game was against the Stealth Orioles. They have a top notch facility and program (like the other two teams we saw on Saturday), and we ended up opening up our offense in one inning (FINALLY!!!) and secured a 14-3 win. We had only waited about 13-14 innings this year for that to happen....so we were glad when it did. We won decidedly, but it wasn't in dominating fashion. We had some huge offensive displays in spots, which helped get a little momentum going at the plate. Patrick Blee was the absolute leader for this game, and proved to be for the whole weekend once reflecting on his body of work. He was 2-2 in this game, with a (over the fence) Home Run and a double. He also walked, and scored two runs. Zeke Pruitt was hot in this game hitting and went 2-2 with a triple and single, scoring two runs. Bug Green went 2-3 including a double and single, and scoring two runs. Aydan Bradley was 2-2 at the plate, got hit by a pitch and scored a run. We really love to track how many times a guy can get on base- no matter how he gets there. Aydan had a particularly good day as we got on three times out of three plate appearances. Brody Crawford had a single, walk and scored two runs, as well. Landon King got a hit and scored a run. Luke Lassiter had two walks and scored one and finally Walker Spargo got on twice and scored two runs. Getting on base and scoring runs is what we like to focus on - and we started heating up a little bit in this game.
Defensively we got to pitch a few guys in this game which is always good. Carsten Green was steady in two innings pitched, with three strikeouts. Walker Spargo did a great job on the hill, too and threw a solid two innings, struck out two and gave up no hits or runs. We played pretty good defense and had better throws as a team in the field. We were happy to get that first kid pitch win out of the way; something that eluded us the previous day despite feeling like we had both games in hand at various times.
The second game was against the Mooresville Legends. The Legends have been around a long time, so their name is fitting. We got a quiet 13-5 win in this one, and ended the day 2-0. Our second day of this new brand of baseball certainly was better than the first. Once again Patrick Blee lead our offensive momentum going 1-2 (triple) and scoring two runs. Zeke Pruitt went 2-2 and walked scoring two runs. So, that was a big game getting on base three times out of three chances. Dalton Skipper went 2-2 including a double and single while scoring a run. Luke Lassiter got a hit and scored. Walker Spargo and Christopher Wurster both got on base twice in this game and scored a run. Anytime you have two plate appearances, and get on to score two runs you helped our team immensely! Bug Green had a single and scored two runs and Brody Crawford got a hit and scored a run, too.
Patrick Blee dazzled on the mound in this game. He threw three innings, allowed only two hits, walked two and struck out eight. He was the player of the weekend for us. Blee showed poise and battled the Legends hard on every at bat, and then helped himself out by generating a good offensive game too. Blake Hartness came in to close out the win with some more strong pitching.
All in all, we didn't hit great on the weekend. We were hesitant on Saturday, and slow to start on Sunday. We will try to be more explosive and consistent as the days go forward. Not too bad for our first weekend of taking those steps closer to playing 'real' baseball. The pitching was exciting to see, and that is something many of our guys have worked hard on this off season. On to next weekend, where we hope we can build on what little success we had this weekend.
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