File photo

Cranbrook Bandits battle it out in Montana

The junior and senior teams were successful south of the border going 2-2 and 3-0 respectively

The Cranbrook Bandits opened up their first weekend where they split into their junior and senior teams.

On May 11-12 the junior squad (17 and under) was in Ronan, Montana, where they split their four games on the road.

The senior team went south to Libby, Montana for a tournament and went 3-0 on the weekend.

“That was a very good start,” said Paul Mrazek, head coach of the senior team. “They went out and played very well.”

Mrazek, who was with the senior team says he was happy with the pitching and defence overall at the tournament.

“Those are the areas that we are focusing the most on throughout the season,” he explained. “We have hit a lot and we will continue to hit, but we did a lot of work in the fall and the winter. It looks like it’s paying off.”

LOOK BACK: Local ball team heads south for prestigious tournament

Mrazek has confidence in his team and hopes with the success at the tournament they will continue to have the confidence in themselves.

“I do expect that from them — more times than not. They know the expectations and we play in a tough league. We are going to be playing some tougher teams, but if they go out and play like that then we are going to be competitive,” he said.

Pitching and defence will continue to be worked on throughout the year, with an emphasis on base running.

“We hit the ball fairly well, but baserunning is a big focus this year. Our infield, a lot of ground ball work, to get better at that, and just more situational stuff in practice to be comfortable when it happens in the game,” said Mrazek.

The teams will have a busy weekend with the junior team playing at home for four games against the Bitterroot Red Sox. The teams will battle it out on May 18 at 2:30 p.m. and at 5 p.m. While on May 19 they will have another doubleheader at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. for games.

The senior team will head to Kalispell, Montana for a three-day tournament on May 17-19.



jessica.dempsey@cranbrooktownsman.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Theatre renovations uncover the past

Historic Studio Stage Door gets extensive upgrading; renos at the ‘putting-back-together stage’

National energy conference wraps up in Cranbrook

Provincial, territorial and federal ministers discuss energy policies, challenges and opportunities

East Kootenay Xtreme gets ready for provincials

The team will be heading to the Senior B Ladies Provincial Championships from July 26-28

UPDATED: RCMP confirm one death in accident

Two motorcycles ran into the back of a vehicle towing a boat trailer on highway near Cranbrook

Feds announce battery technology challenge at energy conference

Provincial and territorial energy and mines ministers talk policy, challenges at annual meeting

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

After B.C. dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Tax take stays ahead of increased B.C. government spending

Tax revenue $2.1 billion higher than budget in 2018-19

Two toddler siblings found drowned on First Nation in Alberta

The siblings were found drowned on their family’s property, according to RCMP

Most Read