Cranbrook Bandits ‘A’ team player Tatsuki Ishihara makes his way to third base during the team’s game against the Lethbridge Lakers on Saturday, May 27, 2017. (Brad McLeod Photo)

Cranbrook Bandits ‘A’ team player Tatsuki Ishihara makes his way to third base during the team’s game against the Lethbridge Lakers on Saturday, May 27, 2017. (Brad McLeod Photo)

Cranbrook Bandits ‘A’ team to play in championship game of home tournament tomorrow

Team finishes with 2-1 record, will seek redemption against Redbirds in tourney final on Sunday

The Cranbrook Bandits ‘A’ team will look to defend their home field in the championship match of the 2017 Bandits Wood Bat Invitational tomorrow (May 28) at 2 p.m.

The U19 ‘A’ Bandits went 2-1 in their round robin games on Friday and Saturday, earning themselves a chance to win the tournament on Sunday afternoon.

The championship, however, will be a game against the Calgary Redbirds, the only team to have defeated the Bandits in the round robin. The Bandits-Redbirds showdown was the last game on Saturday night and ended in a 3-1 win for Calgary.

The Bandits booked their way into the finals by beating the Calgary Jr. Dinos 10-6 on Friday afternoon and the Lethbridge Lakers 6-5 on Saturday morning.

Although the Jr. Dinos also finished with a 2-1 record in the round robin, the Bandits advanced to play the 3-0 Redbirds instead of them as the tiebreaker was determined by the head-to-head winner of the Dinos and Bandits game.

In the third place consolation game at 11:15 a.m. tomorrow, the Dinos will face the Mission Valley Mariners, who went 2-1 despite winning their first game 12-4 over Lethbridge.

The Cranbrook Bandits ‘B’ team, on the other hand, struggled throughout the tournament, losing all three games. They kicked off the tournament with a 12-0 loss to the Redbirds, then fell 17-1 to the Dinos, and finally lost an 8-7 heartbreaker to Lethbridge that was decided in an extra inning.

The ‘B’ Bandits will play in the fifth-place game at 9:00 a.m. in a rematch against Lethbridge.

All of the Sunday games will be played a Confederation Park in Cranbrook.

Full Results and Championship Schedule:

Friday, May 26:

Cranbrook ‘A’ vs. Calgary Jr. Dinos (10-6 Cranbrook)

Mission Valley vs. Lethbridge (12-4 Mission Valley)

Cranbrook ‘B’ vs. Calgary Redbirds (12-0 Redbirds)

Saturday, May 27:

Calgary Redbirds vs. Mission Valley (7-1 Redbirds)

Cranbrook ‘B’ vs. Calgary Jr. Dinos (17-1 Dinos)

Cranbrook ‘A’ vs. Lethbridge (6-5 Cranbrook)

Calgary Jr. Dinos vs. Mission Valley (4-2 Dinos)

Lethbridge vs. Cranbrook ‘B’ (8-7 Lethbridge)

Calgary Redbirds vs. Cranbrook ‘A’ (3-1 Redbirds)

Sunday, May 28:

9:00 a.m. – Lethbridge (5th) vs. Cranbrook ‘B’ (6th)

11:15 a.m. – Calgary Jr. Dinos (3rd) vs. Mission Valley (4th)

2:00 p.m. – Calgary Redbirds (1st) vs. Cranbrook ‘A’ (2nd)