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Bandits lose in Gold Championship game.

Apr. 8, 2019

Well it was a tough weekend for more reasons than one. The Bandits ended up 3-1 on the weekend. On day one we played great in the field and hit the ball pretty well overall. We scored 32 runs and gave up only 5 on the day. Bug Green had a great day pitching in one game against the game Carolina Cannons. I love their team makeup and play. They can hit with anybody. We beat the Cannons 12-3. We had some great plays in the field. Patrick Blee and Walker Spargo both made big league plays. We also beat the Dubbs team 20-2. Chris Wurster came up big and nailed a runner from RF at home with a throw in this game.  We secured the #1 seed going into Sunday.

Day two we had to see the Cannons again. Bug pitched another masterpiece, and we hit the ball and made some great offensive plays along the way as well. Everybody on the team hit well for the better part of three games leading up to this championship game. In game two on Sunday we ran into a buzzsaw  - The Mission Vipers- Black team. They're a really strong team, and can play with anybody. They got a strong effort from their starting pitcher, and had good defensive play behind him. We didn't help ourselves much, and they probably think we're a sorry team given our performance in the field (mostly infield play). One bright spot on defense was Brody Crawford in CF going about 35 yards in full sprint and back toward the fence in the alley and snagging a ball. Our IF usually plays like that too....so I'm not sure what got into us in that second game on Sunday. I counted 13 plays that are routine for us that we absolutely didn't make. So...when you make the mistakes we made against a really good team, they will pounce on you and cruise to victory. We look to show we are better than that in games to come. Later in the game we found our comfort zone on offense, and rapped a few doubles back to back to back. It was too little too late though, and we have to go get better on the practice field. Mission - Black is a really good team that deserved to win. They made the pitches, plays and strong hits that earned them the victory....and our miscues just exacerbated the score.

We had some devastating news hit right before the Gold series Championship game on Sunday. The information was received that Richard Comer had passed away. He was the beloved father to Melissa Comer Pruitt, grandpaw to Zeke and father-in-law to Sam. So, Melissa and Sam had to be at that championship game while dealing with the scheduling details of what comes after a loved one's death, all the while knowing they would have to find a way to relay this to Zeke and attempt to make sense of it afterward. It takes strong people to stand upright in situations like this....much less watch and coach a ballgame supporting their son who will receive the most crushing news of his young life to date.

This is a team baseball site so I don't often put my personal family business on here. But, Richard was one of those guys who loved unconditionally and genuinely pulled for everyone. Those are my favorite fans in the stands. At one of our football games two years ago, my wife was able to catch a video of Brody scoring two or three TDs on consecutive possessions. Our favorite part of that video...without question...what can be heard in the background. You hear Richard's elevated voice get louder and louder as Brody broke the line of scrimmage and got closer to the end zone each time he scored. TouchDOWN.....TouchDOWN.....TOUCHDOWN....TOUCHDOWN!!!!!! There is no question that Richard was pulling for Brody. 100% unconditional love and support. We broke the news to Brody last night, and the first thing he talked about this morning was Richard's voice on "that video". We had forgotten about that game, and those touchdowns. But none of us hadn't forgotten about that voice. He may as well had been shouting "I LOVE YOU" because he did, and you knew it.

I believe that part of heaven is how you are remembered by the people who loved you, and how those same people you influenced carry on your presence and memory through their lives. I loved Richard, so that thought gives me comfort....knowing Melissa, Sam and Zeke will carry on with their lives with him in their hearts. Still....A little girl lost her daddy. A grandson lost his grandpaw. It puts baseball and a lot of other things in perspective.




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