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Summer Nationals Championship is what they call it
Jul. 18, 2017
After a long, wonderful time off - the Bandits hit the field again this extended weekend for a showdown of the toughest in the state. We wish we were in mid-season form, but are hoping the rest of the field has been getting fat and happy at the beach like the rest of us. If we were to enter a skim boarding competition this weekend, I would bet on our team. Either way, we will bring something to the table.
Hot take: This isn't a National Championship, and it isn't even a true state championship because we won't see every BEST team from the state, but it's the closest thing you can get to that around here. I wish we saw more from Raleigh and the coast, but vying for the top title against 3/4th of the state is pretty good, too. They come from Asheville, Randolph County, Statesville, Rock Hill to Rockingham. So, over 200 miles wide and 70 miles long we have representation of the best teams around. We know one thing- it'll be the toughest tournament we can find in this state to play in. So, the pretenders found somewhere else to be this weekend, and the contenders tightened their belts and are showing up.
We are set to face some daunting teams this Friday and Saturday in pool play. Going by what they've done in the spring/summer, we have a 16-10 team to face off against first, and then wrap up Friday's action with a 21-7 team. Ofcourse many of the teams we face will have picked up players to play in this tournament, but we will likely be the lone team that refuses to do this type of thing. We will dance with the ones who brung us, and hopefully close the disco down. We are proud of that. It helps make our crop better in the long run.
Saturday doesn't get any easier, as we are slated to see a team that is only 3-1 overall this spring/summer - but that record with few games played just means they're comprised of a few other teams and coming together to play on an All Star team of sorts in this tournament. They may end up being the best team in it- who knows. Then in our second game on Saturday, we see a 12-4 team. That's a couple of 75% win percentage teams on day 2 for us; oh joy.
So, we are looking down the barrel of a 52 and 22 combo of teams, and will try to piece together a run here or there when possible. 70% overall winning percentage means 1) they know how to win 2) they have people that put them in position to win with and 3) they have put in the time to do the little things necessary to have a great season.
Concord's Flowe Field has historically been a terrible venue for our group to play in; maybe this Friday we can turn our fortunes around at this place. We just hope to stay on the same field as a lot of these teams after being off for a while. Pitching will be key, but so will perseverance. The heat is our ally, and we hope to show some of that Belmont grit during the high temp games this weekend that will help us to compete.
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