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Box Score

Jun. 19, 2017




Another Gold Championship Sunday for the Belmont Bandits, and we came away victorious. Lots of action to recap in this one- so let's jump right in with two feet. This will only be the first game on Sunday, because I get tired just thinking about it. You're welcome, Blee.

First up was a game against the Park Sharon Nationals. There was a lot of buzz around this game because they had their full assortment of players ready to play, and we know they are one of the better teams in the area to compete against. On top of that, Carolina Travel Sports was broadcasting the game Live on Facebook. The word is we had about 500 viewers during this game at times, so the boys had a larger than normal audience to showcase their skills. Zeke Pruitt got the nod on the hill, and he went a sturdy four complete innings against a tough hitting team. He gave up five runs during those four innings, and struck out three batters. It was an impressive performance because he kept coming at the hitters all day long, no matter the previous pitch, out or play. Once he was relieved of pitching duties, he also made a couple of his best defensive plays on the year. He stopped one line shot that literally knocked him backwards....but he stayed behind the ball, and watched it in his glove which made the coaches happy to see. Landon King came in to further frustrate the Nationals when his two innings pitched featured five strikeouts and only one hit allowed. They were a geat pitching tandem in this game for the Bandits. Brody Crawford was our pitchers' best friend during this game, as he made several big, running catches to eliminate the threat of some shots the Nationals hit. They could absolutely hit, and we needed the defense along with the pitching to be in this game. Bug Green caught a great game behind the plate, and was a big reason our defense ran smoothly.

Pruitt also saved his best offensive game of the year for Sunday's first tilt. He went 2-3 with a walk, a double, two runs scored.....oh yeah, I forgot....he also had a 2-run moonshot HOME RUN in the first inning. This was huge because it answered the top of the first Nationals inning where they notched two runs early. Carsten Green had a great game at the plate in this one as well, going 2-2 (1B, 2B, BB and 2 runs scored). Aydan Bradley had a big hit for us when he smashed a ground-ruled double. One of the biggest plays in this game for either side came in the bottom of the third inning though. Feeling momentum slipping through our grasp, we sandwiched Pruitt and Green doubles with outs. So, we had a tie game with two outs and desparately needed a player to make something happen. Landon King came in and walked with one runner on. Walker Spargo ran the pitcher to a four ball thank you sir, which loaded the bases for the next batter. Those previous guys were eager to hit, but didn't see enough strikes before getting sent to first base via first class airmail. Christopher Wurster steps in to hit, and he turned out to be just the man for a job that was needing done. Wurster has been hot these last few tournaments and we have watched his confidence soar, as ours has in him. The opposing pitcher delivers an early count strike and Wurster sends it to the fence in left center scoring two runs and lifting our team to a lead pony position. What a huge hit - and what perfect timing! Fast forward to the last inning (which happened to be the fifth, due to time limits), and the Nationals park one run on us in the top of the fifth to send the game to extra innings. Using the international tie-breaker rules, we got to start in the field (second to bat, as the home team/number 1 seed) with the opponent's runner on second base. They scored one run in the top half, which meant we had to score one to tie, and two to win. Wurster started out on second base. We had a couple strikeouts between Luke Lassiter's reaching base via error, so we did get the runner over to third base and also Luke to second base. Brody Crawford strides up to bat full of confidence, and hits a ball to SS that is bobbled for a 1/2 second that scores Wurster and ties the game. Crawford was safe as soon as he hit the ball to the left side. Pruitt at bat next, gets intentionally walked so the bases can be loaded, and the opponent can get a force out at each base. That sends Patrick Blee up to the plate, our number 3 hitter. Blee proceeds to send a zero ball, one strike pitch liner to right center that scores Lassiter and lifts the Bandits to the Gold Championship round. Big time play, by a big time player. The crowd, the kids and the MILLIONS WATCHING ON FACEBOOK LIVE went nuts.

These plays, and these players propelled us to the championship game to be played immediately after this game. All we needed was 15 minutes and a snickers, and we were ready to get back after it.






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