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Championship belts all the fashion rage for the Bandits

May. 6, 2019

Blackbeard is reportedly quoted in history as having said "“It is a blessing for a man to have a hand in determining his own fate” ...

It was a rainy, fun weekend in Gastonia at the Top Gun tournament. While they were playing and watching golf in Charlotte, we were playing baseball in Gaston County. We had a bunch of tough tests this weekend, as we had to play the #17 team in the state in game one on Saturday, the LKN Hurricanes 11u. We came away with a 7-2 win against LKN in a rain-shortened affair. We ended up not being able to play our second game due to heavy rains moving in on Saturday. With other teams getting both games in, and our only having the one to stand on - we were the #3 seed in the Gold bracket of the American division.

On Sunday, we came out ready to play and had to face the #14 team in the state, which is also ranked #5 regionally in the Charlotte Metro area- Copperheads Snell/Heis. So, we had two very tough teams to play out of our first two games in this tournament. We have become accustomed to having to face this, and beating these really good teams consistently is a hard thing to do. Anybody can beat anybody at any time in baseball...so getting by those teams was a relief. We won against the Copperheads Snell/Heis team by a score of 7-1. That win propelled us into the Gold Championship to face the winner of the CBC Baseball Club and Carolina Cannons winner who were playing in the other semi-final. The Cannons won that game, and so we had a new/old foe to play against in the final. The boys each won themselves a championship belt, and so they had a lot of fun after the game celebrating. We ask a lot of them on the practice and game field, so when it's time to celebrate - it's always a good thing.

First things first...the Carolina Cannons are out of Fort Mill...so they're to be ranked in the SC state rankings. They are 14-12, but absolutely should be ranked in the state. They are an extremely good ball team and program. Their coaches and players know what they're doing, and it shows. They've lost to our team 4 times, the Copperheads Snell/Heis team 4 times and the Dirtbags Black team 1 time out of those 12 losses. So, as usual around the Charlotte Metro area...we all beat up on each other. Our weekends are like the SEC in college football around here....some teams' records look one way on paper, but you see them play and realize they would probably be a top team in about every other conference. The Cannons won their way into the Championship (as usual), and so we had to face them yet again. They won a Gold Championship last weekend, so they were primed to give us a great shot.

We played them in a tightly contested game. We were up 3-0 through half the way, then they found a way to get three runs on the board and tie the game 3-3. The Bandits came back with a surge and notched a 9-3 score, but the Cannons loaded their cannonballs and set aim for our pirate ship. Sure enough -  they cut the lead to 9-7 and with bases loaded in the last inning, we were able to escape with the victory. We can't say enough about that team because they, like our team, seem to always have a tough road to get to the finals. I'm proud of them for having great attitudes and competing so well every time we see them.

I'm also proud of our boys as we had a great weekend of team play. Every one of our players had a great contribution to our wins somewhere...defense, pitching, base running or hitting. We had good attitudes and a fun bench...which makes baseball more fun anyway. We have some spring football (HS) and MS playoffs this week mixed in with some pending rain, so we may practice one or two times if we are lucky. Mother's Day is coming up, and we eyed possibly playing a one-day, but are going to take this weekend off. So - an early 'Happy Mother's Day' to all our Bandit moms, step moms, grandmaws and anybody who plays a maternal role in these boys' lives...you are doing a great job, and we appreciate it because it makes coaching your boys much easier!

Viva La Los Bandidos




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