Vintage Base Ball returned to Stonehouse Park II on Sunday April 18th. The home town Bandits (2-0) took a 6-0 victory from the Ione Preston Nine (0-1) infront of a healthy load of "cranks" in the home opener. The ball park atmosphere was made complete by the traditional ball park BBQ offered by the 14-U softball Capital City Comets. The sits, sounds, and smells at Stonehouse Park were enjoyed by all!
The Bandit hurlers and defense were the story of the day. Matt “Splint” Corsaut continued his crafty blind start to the season. He was supported by fantastic defensive play, including an assist from the right field wall by Mark “Manley” Walthers. Jonathan “Junk Yard Dog” Aberle also continued his hurling momentum, inducing many ground ball outs, and striking out two. A running snag by right scout John “Deuce Hog” Dodson prevented a mid-inning surge from the Nine. Greg “Bacon” Jorgensen escaped a sixth inning scare, but struck out two on his way to keeping the Nine off the score board. Scott “Leather” Oltmanns closed things out by surrendering only one hit in the seventh.
An otherwise silent day from the Bandit strikers was enough for six runs and the victory. One and two hitters, “Bacon” Jorgensen and Blake “Calaboose” Carmichael, each crossed the plate twice. Darrin “Cookie” Kitchen (2-3, 2B, 1 RBI) led the charge for the Bandit offense, reaching safely all three of his at bats.
The Bandits play their second home game this coming Sunday April 25th at 1PM. The Bandits square off with the Amador County Crushers (0-1), who are looking to rebound from their opening day loss. The morning tilt at 10AM features the Mother Lode Miners (0-1) and the Preston Nine. Both teams fighting hard for their first win of the young season.
BBQ will again be offered at the park. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and their signature event Relay for Life. Team members from “Family for Life” will offer hot dogs, hot links, and other ball park fare to help raise money for cancer research, treatment, and patient support. Please come out to support your local organizations, and enjoy another great day of base ball in your back yard!
For more information, you can visit the league site at www.gcvbb.com or the Bandit “group” page here on ranchomurieta.com.