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Sunday play showed some steady hitting for the Bandits
Mar. 6, 2018
On Sunday, we opened up the last day of this tournament's play against the team we had just faced the day before, the LKN Hurricanes. We came out hitting and running like the 1980 St. Louis Cardinals. It was great to see. Blake Hartness steadied himself on the mound and produced three spectacular innings of pitching while racking up six strikeouts, walking only one and giving up one hit in three innings. He filled up the plate area with strikes and was able to settle in as the lone pitcher we would need in this game.
Offensively, we had a couple guys break out of slumps and some others continue to stay hot. The offensive day was highlighted by Aydan Bradley's over the fence Home Run. He came alive at the plate in this game, and was taking no prisoners. Aydan ended up going 3-3 inccluding the HR and two singles. Patrick Blee got hot at the plate and went 3-3 with two singles and a double that hit the botom of the fence in the air....JUST missing garnering himself a HR. Carsten Green stayed hot and notched three doubles out of three trips to the plate. Blake Hartness finished on offfense what he started on defense, when he tallied a 3-3 day including two doubles. Zeke Pruitt and Brody Crawford each had two hits in this game as well.
The best play of the day was a contact squeeze play where Christopher Wurster laid down a perfect bunt, and the opposing catcher flashed great athleticism to gather the ball some 6-7 feet away and down the first base line, and attempt to race back to the plate. The play was executed on the bases perfectly by Patrick Blee though, and we were able to secure that run and keep an inning going. But, the story of the game was the team offense coming alive at the plate and on the bases. It was done against a solid team, so we were happy to get out of game with with a 17-2 win. This win set us up to be in the championship game against the Carolina Bullfrogs 10u group.
In the championship game, we saw the Bullfrogs. They were fresh off a victory over our other 10u team that competed in their first ever travel tournament. It was sad to hear about the reaction from the green team's coach to an intentional walk made by our other Bandit team. I wish we would have heard about that before this game was played. Jared and his crew are doing a fantastic job, and they will continue to get better as they continue to learn how to navigate this travel baseball game.
We faced the Carolina Bullfrogs and Landon King pitched a masterpiece on the mound. He went four strong innings with minimal pitches thrown while striking out eight and walking only one. He was in total control from the defensive side of things. We've had some great pitching this year thus far, but this was the best we've seen yet from any of our guys. Aydan Bradley continued to lead us at the plate, and went 3-3. We had everyone involved in this game though with Landon King, Patrick Blee, Blake Hartness, Carsten Gren, Mason Wells and Brody Crawford all having two hits a piece. It was a satisfying and dominant 11-1 win and we were happy to get the big trophy at the end. We look forward to many more tournaments coming up.
The weekend was good as a whole. We scored 59 runs and gave up 13. The boys did all that, and we hope to continue working to get better and clear up some major flaws we still have going on. We know we are about to face an absolute bear down in South Carolina this upcoming weekend. We will cherish this victory for another couple days and see how good we are next weekend.
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