The Rancho Murieta Bandits and Amador County Crushers historically play tight games when they meet each other. The game on Sunday April 25th proved to be no exception. This time the Bandits (3-0) bettered the Crushers (0-2) on a tally of 4-2. The victory excited many home town cranks, who continue to grow in number and spirit.

The Crushers took an early one run lead in the top of the first. But the Bandits stormed back for three runs in the bottom of the frame, when the first three Bandit strikers crossed the plate. Terry “T-Bone” Conway’s 3 for 3 effort led the charge, and the Bandits never surrendered the lead. Although Bandit strikers continued to reach base in large numbers, the final Bandit run was tallied in the second frame after Bob “Bullet” Gignilliat reached base, stole a base, and was driven in by Todd “Nellie” Dilbeck.

Starting hurler, Jonathan “Junk Yard Dog” Aberle, was on his game, inducing many ground ball outs. “Vintage hits” were hard to come by because of the fine leather of the Bandits. Scout (outfield) play of the Bandits was particularly impressive by Todd “Hammock” Pennington, “T-Bone” Conway, Darrin “Cookie” Kitchen, and “Nellie” Dilbeck as they recorded outs in the challenging high sun and breeze. Scott “Leather” Oltmanns shut down two Crusher rallies over the final three innings, and the Bandits came away with their consecutive win of the young season.

The team would like to thank the Relay for Life team “Family for Life” for providing traditional ball park BBQ. Many cranks and ballists visited the BBQ stand, and proceeds directly benefit the American Cancer Society.

The Bandits have two weeks off with a bye and Mother’s Day approaching. Their next game is at 10:00 AM on Sunday May 16th at Amador High School. The day features the Bandits playing the defending champion Sierra Highlanders (1-0), and will determine which team stakes an early claim to the top of the standings.

For more information, you can visit the league site at or the Bandit “group” page here on

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