Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bandits win late vs. Hudson

The St. Croix River Bandits (3-2, 6-6) avoided a losing streak beating the Hudson River Rats 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. Adam Lewis started on the hill for the Bandits, pitching 7 2/3 strong innings, giving up only 3 hits, and 2 earned runs.

The Bandits were no-hit through 5 innings, but put the first run on the board in the top of the 6th inning when Nick Johnson hit an RBI single scoring Kyle Kahl. The Rats answered back in the bottom of the 6th with two runs of their own.

The Bandits tied the game in the top of the eighth inning. Cory Gebhard reached on an error and stole his eighth base of the year. Matt Vold collected his second hit of the day, scoring Gebhard from second base.

Gus Koecher led off the top of the ninth inning with a double, his second in as many days. Koecher would come off the field with a tweaked hamstring - replaced by Marcus Campbell. Michael VanderPlas answered with another double, scoring Campbell and giving the Bandits the 3-2 lead they would hold.

Will Ball pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief, getting four straight outs and nothing the win.

This marks the latest in the season that the Bandits have had a) a winning conference record and b) a .500 overall record. Congrats Bandits. Keep up the competitive baseball. The Bandits next games are at home on 6/18 vs. River Falls (always a challenge) and away vs Elmwood 6/19.

Game Balls

1) Gus Koecher 2-4, R, 2B

2) Matt Vold 2-4, RBI

3) Adam Lewis -Will Ball 9IP, 2ER, 6K, 9BB, WIN,

Bandits find nothing but water and misery in Menomonie

The St. Croix River Bandits (2-2, 5-6) dropped another game to Menomonie in Menomonie in what was another rainstorm. In the past 3 outings to Menomonie the Bandits have played a total of 13 innings. The game made it until about the bottom of the third inning before the rain started coming down, and took only another inning for it to come down steady and hard.

The Bandits gave up a leadoff homerun to Stout Junior, Jake Duske - and it did not get much better from there. Duske would finish the day going 3-3 with 2 homeruns and a double in Menomonie's 7-0 rout of the Bandits in 5 innings.

Everything the could go wrong for the Bandits did. Bandits caught stealing, caught advancing extra bases, balls dropping between fielders, and more. The Bandits strengths turned against them Friday night and got worse as the rain started pounding.

Menomonie's team is loaded with some good baseball players, and even their outs were some hard hit knocks. The game could have been closer in score, but the Eagles had this one well in hand before the game ended after the 5th inning.

Trevor Todd took the loss for the Bandits - going 2 2/3.

Gus Koecher hit a double to deep center field for the Bandits, but ended up getting thrown out at third base on a spectacular relay from center to shortstop to third base.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bandits Mug Braves, 8-5.

The St. Croix River Bandits (2-1, 5-5) defeated the Osceola Braves for the first time on home soil Sunday, June 5th. Trevor Todd started the game for the Bandits, but the early story was the Bandits bats. The Braves started former UW-La Cross pitcher Mark Zurbriggen and the Bandits got to him early.

Cory Gebhard led off the bottom of the 1st with a single. Recently graduated SCF senior Nick Johnson stung a double to right centerfield scoring Gebhard, who had stole second. Matt Vold poked a single through the infielders. Steve Siqueiros walked to load the bases with no outs. Gus Koecher struck out, followed by a Michael VanderPlas fielder's choice, forcing Siqueiros out at 2nd base and scoring Johnson from third base. Kyle Kahl followed by hitting an RBI single, and Scott Lindholm walked to reload the bases with 2 outs and with a 3-0 lead. Bandits rookie Brock Luehman hit a bases clearing double to left centerfield giving the Bandits a 6-run cushion to start the game.

Trevor Todd cruised through the first three innings. Todd wriggled out of jams unscathed in the 4th and 5th inning, but the Braves finally posted a run in the top of the 6th inning thanks to some shaky Bandits defense which commited two errors in the inning.

The Bandits, meanwhile, added another run in the bottom of the 4th inning with Johnson's 2nd double of the day. Johnson was scored by Matt Vold who slapped another bloop single into right field. Johnson would finish the day 4-4 with 2 runs, 3 doubles, a stolen base, and RBI.

The Braves were down 7-1 going into the top of the 7th inning when they finally made a run. Todd started off the inning by striking out CF Pete Droher, but then allowed a single to LF Ryan Rugg and double to C Nick Collins. Todd was lifted for Bandits rookie and recently graduated Unity alum Luke Nelson. Nelson's debut started off a little rocky giving up a walk to RF Ryan Rybicki and single to Braves veteran SS Dave Measner. Nelson struck out 3B Brady Flaherty for the 2nd out of the inning with the Bandits still leading 7-3. 1B Tyler Pilz would reach on a costly error and DH Tom Roberts followed it up with an RBI single, cutting the lead to 7-5. Nelson was able to strike out 2B Darcy Nelson to end the inning.

The Bandits would add another run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Scott Lindholm walked, and advanced to 2nd base on a wild pitch. Brock Luehmann knocked him in with his 2nd single and 4th RBI of the day.

Luke Nelson shut down Braves in the 8th and 9th inning, capturing six consecutive outs to close out the game.

The win puts the Bandits at 2-1 in conference play, the Braves dropping to 0-1. Bandits next games are Friday June 10th @ Menomonie - 7:30pm start and Saturday @ Hudson - 1pm start.

In years past the Bandits would probably have thrown this game away. The Bandits showed a lot of grit in sticking this one out and not giving up when the chips seemed to be down when Osceola had a big inning. Congrats Bandits.


Game Balls:

1) Brock Luehmann 2-4, 2B, 4RBI
Nick Johnson 4-4, 2R, 3 2B, RBI, SB
(too tough to pick!)
3) Trevor Todd 6 1/3 IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 9K, 3BB, WIN

Unheralded Hero(es) of the Game:

Luke Nelson - playing in his first game as a Bandit he pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowed only 2 hits and a walk while striking out four, and allowing two run, none earned.

Brian Jacobson - for bringing it all together.

MIA (had a whopping 18 guys in the dugout):

Adam Lewis - typhoid sickness
Austin Whittenberger - mountain climbing

Bandits take victory in first Bandits Bash round robin.

The Bandits played two games on May 28th, the first - a 8-0 victory versus the East Bethel Bandits. Will Ball started the game for the Bandits, and was treated to an early 3-0 lead. Cory Gebhard led off with a walk, followed by a Brock Leuhmann double. Matt Vold drew first blood with an RBI single, followed by a Steve Siqueiros RBI fielder's choice. Michael VanderPlas scored Siqueiros with a double to left centerfield.

The Bandits had a real life scare in the bottom of the third inning when pitcher Will Ball had a line drive come back up the middle and hit him directly in the face. Ball left the game (but would later return with six stitches and a smile) and was relieved by Bandits veteran Adam Lewis. Lewis pitched 4 2/3 strong innings, allowing only 3 hits, 3 walks, and striking out 5, and yielded no runs.

The Bandits knocked out 12 hits in the 7 inning game, including 5 doubles.

The Bandits second game of the day came against the St. Paul Mud Hens. The Mud Hens took an early 4-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings, but the Bandits bats came alive again in the bottom of the finish 3rd and 4th innings. The Bandits added 3 runs in the 3rd thanks to a walk and three singles. The 4th inning provided 3 more run, the Bandits playing station to station baseball - grinding out 4 singles and a walk to take a 6-4 lead.

Trevor Todd finished the game strong allowing no hits and only one walk over his last 4 innings pitched in his 3rd Bandits victory of the season.


Game Balls

1) Matt Vold 5-8, 3R, 2B, RBI

2) Brock Luehmann 3-6, 4R, 2B, 2RBI, BB, SAC Fly, SB

3) Bandits Pitching (Ball, Lewis, Todd): 14IP, 10H, 8BB, 12K, 3ER, 2 WINS