Bandits drop three of four in Libby

Bandits setback in Libby; hope to bounce back in Polson this week

Cranbrook Bandits

Cranbrook Bandits

The Cranbrook Bandits dropped three of four contests during tournament play in Libby, Mont., this past weekend.

The Bandits opened the annual Libby tournament with a 12-2 loss to the Mission Valley ‘A’ Mariners before dropping a 10-1 decision to the Coeur d’Alene Loggers on Friday.

In their lone Saturday outing, the Bandits claimed their only victory of the weekend with an 8-7 triumph over the Strathmore Reds.

Sunday afternoon, the Bandits closed out the weekend with a 20-5 loss to the Tri-County Cardinals.

Veteran right-hander Devon Marra (3-2, 2.37 ERA) earned the win over the Reds after 4.1 innings of work.

Right-hander Rylan D’Etcheverry (0-0, 1.11 ERA) went one inning strong, striking out two batters, en route to the save.

The Reds and Bandits went back and forth over six innings.

Heading into the final inning tied 5-5, the Bandits scored three runs in the top of the frame, including a two-run jack from Marra that scored Noah Rennette.

The Reds pushed back, bring two across the plate in the bottom of the inning, but Marra’s homer stood tall.

Marra (.420/.473/.700) went 3-for-4 at the plate, with a single and a double in addition to his two-run blast.

In Sunday’s 20-5 loss to the Cardinals, the Bandits held a 5-1 lead after three innings before giving up four runs in the top of the fifth.

A 15-run sixth inning for the Cardinals ended the game.

Next up, the Bandits travel to Polson, Mont., this weekend, with games schedule for July 1 to 5.