Bandits split doubleheader with Libby Loggers

After rain spoiled Saturday's home date, the Cranbrook Bandits split a Sunday doubleheader against the Libby Loggers

Cranbrook Bandits

Cranbrook Bandits

A weekend of American Legion Baseball action featured a little bit of everything for the Cranbrook Bandits.

Rescheduling, rain, wins and losses all made appearances in a busy weekend for Cranbrook’s boys of summer, who moved to 7-6-1 on the season.

Saturday’s doubleheader, originally slated to be played in Whitefish, Mont., was rescheduled to Confederation Park in Cranbrook where the Bandits battled to a 1-1 draw with the Glacier ‘B’ Twins with play being called due to inclement weather after 2.2 innings in the first game.

Mother nature was a more willing participant Sunday as the Bandits travelled south for a doubleheader with the Libby Loggers.

In the opening contest in Libby, Mont., the Bandits were washed away 10-0 as the Loggers scored early, often and consistently through five innings of play.

Bandits right-handed rookie Shayne Walker (3-1, 2.89 ERA) returned to the mound Sunday morning after throwing 2.2 innings in his abbreviated start Saturday.

The Creston native battled through 4.1 innings of work Sunday, taking the loss in Libby after allowing eight earned runs on six hits. The 15-year-old struck out five batters along the way.

Offensively, there was nothing much to speak of for the Bandits as they managed only four hits.

Collin Johnson claimed the win for the Loggers, tossing five innings of shutout ball. Oliver Grupenoff fuelled the offense for the hosts, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

The Bandits responded in the backend of the doubleheader, knocking around the Loggers en route to a 9-3 victory.

A four-run first inning was all the Bandits needed offensively, but they backed the early outburst with a five-run third inning to hammer home the victory.

Devon Marra went 2-for-4 at the plate, knocking in two runs and scoring one of his own.

Left-hander Tyler Thorn (1-1, 2.19 ERA) claimed the win on the mound, going four innings, allowing one earned run and only one hit, while striking out two batters.

Marra made a relief appearance, going three innings strong with seven strikeouts for the save.

Brayden Thom was tagged with the loss for the Loggers.

Next on the slate for the Bandits is a Saturday afternoon doubleheader June 6 at Confederation Park as the Mission Valley Mariners visit Cranbrook for a 1 p.m. start.

Sunday afternoon takes the Bandits to Eureka for another doubleheader.

Bandits head coach Paul Mrazek was unavailable for comment.