After three weeks off due to the late spring rains, the Bandits (5-0) hit the road for a game that would set the table for the second half of the season. It was to be a big test in a duel with their recent rivals, the Sierra Highlanders (4-1). The match-up pitted two of the top hurlers in the league. Highlander "Sugar" Cain faced off against the Bandits' Greg "Bacon" Jorgensen.
It took some time for the Bandits to kick off the rust, as their defense faltered early. Strong hurling from “Bacon” Jorgenson held the Highlanders to only one manufactured tally in the top of the first. Fortunately for the Bandits, their bats came to life, and they responded in the bottom half of the frame with four runs. Leadoff striker, Scott "Leather" Oltmanns reached safely, followed by a highlight reel swing off the bat of Darrin "Cookie" Kitchen. He sailed one over the center field wall for a round tripper! "Cookie" Kitchen kept his hot hitting alive with a triple in his second at bat, ending his day with a full stat sheet (2 for 3, 4 RBI, 2 R).
Bandit hurler, "Bacon" Jorgensen, continued dealing all morning, and held the Highlanders to only two runs on five hits. The rest of the story was told by the return of the Bandit solid defense, making the stops and throws when needed. All told, the final tally was Bandits 8 - Highlanders 2.
Father’s Day weekend is reserved for a friendly mixed Nine event here at Stonehouse Park in Rancho Murieta. A mixed team from the Bay Area Vintage Base Ball League is coming to our yard to stage a game for the community (Sunday, June 19th, 12:30PM).
Then, the Bandits return for games on June 26th, July 10th, and July 17th, all at Stonehouse Park. The Bandits look to keep the wins coming, in hopes of defending their League and California Cup Championships!