Sutter Creek, CA
On Sunday April 11, stormy weather threatened to delay the start of the Gold Country Vintage Base Ball season. However, before the rains came it was the Rancho Murieta Bandits that stormed the field to take the season opener 19-3 over the Mother Lode Miners. The morning tilt proved to be a full team effort, as all Bandits got a hit and solid defense was played across the field.
Starting hurler, Matt “Splint” Corsaut made quick work of the Miners, as he surrendered no hits during his three innings in the box. Relievers Jonathan “Junk Yard” Aberle, Scott “Leather” Oltmanns, and Todd “Penny” Pennington followed suit, allowing only 5 hits over four innings.
The Bandit bats also came alive early and often. Blake “Calaboose” Carmichael hit safely in the first at bat of the season. Two batters later, “Splint” Corsaut crushed his first of two triples to drive in the first run of the season. A six run 4th and a seven run 6th tallied by the Bandits proved to be too much for the Miners to overcome. Muffins Darrin “Cookie” Kitchen (2x3) and Greg “Bacon” Jorgensen (3x4) did not disappoint in their debuts, tallying a combined 7 runs. Veteran power hitters Colby “Cheddar” Craig and Terry “T-Bone” Conway broke out with 2 for 4 days, while the speedy Todd “Nellie” Dilbeck and the rafty John “Deuce Hog” Dodson rounded out the day reaching base two times each, and crossing the plate for three more runs. At the completion of the blustery day, the Bandits prevailed 19-3 versus their long time (though gentlemanly) nemesis.
The Bandits are coming home this Sunday April 18th to play one of two games at Stonehouse II Park. The Bandits line-up against a revamped Ione Preston Nine at 1PM. The morning tilt at 10AM is a re-match of the 2009 championship contest between the Amador County Crushers, and defending champion Sierra Highlanders. Both games will prove to be highly entertaining.
Traditional ball park BBQ will be available from the Rancho Murieta Capitals; our local youth traveling softball team. Please come out to the park to support their efforts in raising funds that help them travel to various tournaments across the country. Hope to catch you at the yard soon! For more information, you can visit the league site at www.gcvbb.com or the Bandit “group” page here on ranchomurieta.com.