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Sunday one-day better than opening day

Box Score

Feb. 28, 2018

The Bandits took to the field on Sunday with more convincing purpose, and it showed in the two games' outcomes. In game one, we saw Stealth Elite in the other dugout. Always a solid program, they came out and gave our group some trouble in spots. Luckily, Landon King threw three solid innings which helped secure the victory. He had five strikeouts and only allowed one hit in his time on the spot-lit circle. Zeke Pruitt came in to wrap up the pitching duties going one inning, and giving up no runs or hits while striking out two. Offense was the most impressive part of the game for us this time around though, as the Bandit bats finally awakened from their long winter's nap.

Pretty much all the players had a hit, and everyone reached base but Mason Wells and Chris Wurster were our big sluggers in this game - each collecting two hits a piece. We had a lot of baserunners, and did a great job of advancing aggressively throughout the game. We had many players stealing bases, and were lead by Blake Hartness' three stolen bases in this game. Blake also had the biggest offensive strike in this game. He hit a high and long fly ball that EASILY would have been out of 90% of the ballparks we play at, but just so happened to "only" travel about 245 feet in the air at this field. He hit it to leftish center, and it wound up being a double only because he missed first base, and had to go back and tag it. This could have still almost been an inside the park home run had he timed his trip around first properly. But, the main point is he hit the ball farther than anyone on our team or any other 10u team this weekend and it was great to see. The heady baserunning by all helped propel the Bandits to a 16-3 victory in four innings of work. After three games to this point in the weekend, we had only played about twelve innings, and we had done a good job of scoring while keeping our opponents from scoring a whole lot. Sometimes you got it, and sometimes you don't. This game was our first solid performance all around this weekend, and year thus far.

In game two we saw a familiar face - Elite Baseball out of Rutherford County. We had three pitchers combine to throw a no hitter in this game, and that was paired with very timely and good hitting which made this game get out of reach pretty quickly. We stopped stealing bases in the mid second inning, and only ended up playing three innings total but the hits kept driving the runs in. Our opponent had one of those days where the ball kept falling even when they were in position to make a play, but our bats made the rain pour harder by hammering the ball through and past the infield consistently. Brody Crawford lead off our day pitching, and threw a complete no hit inning, one strikout inning. That first inning was highlighted on defense by a great running catch by Landon King in centerfield. In the second inning, Mason Wells came in to duplicate Brody's one inning, one strikeout, no hit effort. In the last inning pitched, Carsten Green threw no hit ball and struck out all three batters he faced. Bug looked exceptional on the mound in that inning, which was great to see since he has not pitched for us a whole lot.

Offensively, we hit the ball hard and often. We had some unusual happenings going on in game two on Sunday. In the second inning, diminutive Brody Crawford comes to the plate and hears the usual opposing coach spiel "come on in", as they expect him to hit the ball all of 60 feet if he's lucky. As a lefty, he proceeds to hit a ball opposite field down the left field line and hard enough to run bounce past the left fielder and run to the 235 foot fence. So, he scores an inside the park home run. Next up is Landon King. He smokes a ball over and past the centerfielder and races around the bases to notch an inside the park home run. For those keeping score at home, that is two home runs in his first tournament this year. So, an amazing back to back clean inside the park home runs put up. The number three hitter comes up to bat, Zeke Pruitt, looking to throw his hat into the ring. Zeke lines a shot toward the left fielder. He hits the ball so hard that the LF misjudges just how hard hit the ball was and as he goes 'flat' to the ball IT gets by him cleanly and goes all the way to the fence in left center...at least 240 feet away. So, he races around the bases and as the ball sails over the cutoff man's head he is rounding third and secures what is the THIRD and consecutive inside the park home run by our group in this inning. You don't see that much......or ever. I've never seen it. We're not talking about base hits with three base errors or anything like that. We were playing on a slightly bigger fence than usual, and those boys took advantage of it.

On the day, King lead our team going 4-4 with his HR included. Carsten Green was solid at the plate with 3-4 including a triple and Crawford, Pruitt and Chris Wurster all had two hits each in this game. The Belmont Bandits won this game 19-1 in satisfying and sporting fashion. We played base to base baseball for over half this game, so a lot of extra at bats were able to be had due to this. It was a great ending to a fantastic weekend. The upcoming weekends look exciting, and if this weather ever makes up it's mind we will get some more consistent practice time in and try to build on what has been started to date this year.





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