Bandits finish strong at tough U.S. tournament

Cranbrook team takes on Whitefish Glacier B team Sunday

The Bandits finished strong in a tough tournament this weekend in Montana, beating the Whitefish Glacier ‘B’ team 12-4 on Sunday after suffering three straight losses.

Glacier scored a single first, but the Bandits responded with a monster of a second inning with five runs and another six in the sixth.

Brenden Bird had a big day on the plate with three hits, knocking a pair of singles and a double, while posting an RBI single and scoring two runs.

Tyler Thorn picked up the win, throwing three strikeouts, four walks and allowing only five hits in five innings.

The Glaciers scored their first run after tripling to third, but the Bandits responded in the second inning to even it up and build a lead.

After a pair of walks, Robert Nickell brought home Cedar Kemp and the bats went to work. Bird, Brandon Ouilette, Devon Marra and Thorn went to work at the plate and the boys ended the inning up 5-1.

Whitefish ate into the lead, scoring a single run in the fourth inning, while Cranbrook scored once again in the fifth.

Glacier made it interesting late in the contest, scoring twice to make it 6-4 at the top of the sixth, but the Bandits followed up with six runs to put the game way out reach.

Nickell, Ouilette and Kei Chlopan all had two RBI’s each, while Noah Renette, Kemp, Bird, Marra and Andrew Schubert all had RBI singles.

Prior to the Whitefish game, the Bandits had a tough go at the Polson tournament.

They opened the action with a 6-1 loss against the Livingston Braves on Thursday, as the opposition scored all six runs in the first three innings before the Bandits answered back in the sixth.

On Friday, the Bandits suffered a 15-2 loss against the Helena Reps, as the winners scored 14 runs in two innings on the road to victory.

Saturday wasn’t any easier, with a 5-0 loss to the Mission Valley Mariners. The Bandits gave up four runs in the second inning, as the Mariners shut down the Cranbrook bats all game.

NOTE: Tuesday’s (July 8th) home doubleheader with the Glacier ‘B’ Team at Confederation Park has been cancelled.