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Apr. 9, 2017

Saturday proved to be a solid day at the park for the Belmont Bandits. We didn't get off to a great offensive or defensive start, but we got it together for the latter part of game one. We had solid team wins and showed well in all phases of the game at certain points during the day. In both games we had shaky first innings, giving up three runs in each game. So, we gave up 6 our 7 total runs on the day in the first innings. We calmed down a little, steadied our pitching and made comebacks in each game.

Game one was versus Elite Baseball 9u. We did not play a great offensive game versus them, and never really got going with the bats. They had a little trouble locating strikes, and it made for an inconsistent day at the plate for our team. We were able to get on the bases via plenty of walks, and those opportunities led to runs scored eventually. Landon King was this game and overall on Saturday our offensive leader. In game one Landon went 2-2 that included a big triple and a single. He also walked and most importantly scored two runs. Six out of our first seven hitters in the lineup scored two runs each during this game, so that was a positive. We did run the bases very well as a team, and that was the difference in the game for our team. Blake Hartness and Walker Spargo pitched very solidly on the mound in this game, and made sure we secured the win 16-3.

Game two we faced Team 24 Gamecocks. They are a solid team who threw strikes, and that must have been what our boys were looking for because we had several who hit the ball hard into the field. Our pitching was impressive this game, with Zeke Pruitt leading the way. He pitched three solid innings and recorded five strikeouts while only walking one and allowing one run. He has been getting more impressive on the mound the last month, and gaining confidence every time out to the rubber. Offensively we had a solid team effort all around. We had most of the team hitting the ball hard into play, which caused some errors from our opponent. Leaders in this game were Patrick Blee going 2-3 with two doubles. He also reached base three times out of three appearances, also reaching on an error due to a hard hit ball. Brody Crawford going 2-3 with two singles and reaching on error. This allowed him to score three runs out of three plate appearances. There was a funny play when Brody hit a ball really solidly at the pitcher;  the pitcher made a great play to snag the ball and showed extremely quick reflexes, but the ball got stuck in the web of his glove. He struggled to get it out, but couldn't do it until Brody was already at first base. Their coaches, a great bunch of guys, yelled "just throw the glove to first" after realizing that he couldn't wedge the ball out of his glove. Rascals. Landon King continued to stay hot and went 2-3 with a single and a double. He also scored two runs. Walker Spargo rounded out our top hitters by going 2-3 with a single and double. That double he hit was sorely needed in the bottom of the first inning, which responded to Team 24s top of the first three run score. That hit scored two and gave us momentum on the offensive side the rest of the game.

Our 2-0 start on Saturday allowed us to be the #1 seed in the Gold bracket, and set to play in Stanley at Harper Park on Sunday. We look forward to being a little closer to home, and seeing if we can bring home a championship. Seeing who is still left to play, it will be a tough task to accomplish, but that is the fun part about baseball:  testing yourself every time you play. We hope to continue some streaky hitting, and see what may come of it. That puts us at a record of 10-5 getting close to the mid point of the year. We had a slow start in the beginning of the year, and hopefully will keep progressing along the way. The weather is warming up, and I hope our play matches up to that as well.

 

 

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