Bandits first baseman Linden Meggison slugs away during American Legion Baseball action at Confederation Park in Cranbrook earlier this season.

Bandits first baseman Linden Meggison slugs away during American Legion Baseball action at Confederation Park in Cranbrook earlier this season.

Short-handed Bandits strikeout at Big Bucks tourney

Cranbrook Bandits take young squad to Montana, return winless; host Mission Valley Mariners Wednesday afternoon at Confederation Park

A short-handed Cranbrook Bandits squad battled, but ultimately came up short this past weekend at the Big Bucks Tournament in Libby, Mont.

The Bandits, without the services of a number of veteran players due to graduation ceremonies ongoing in both Cranbrook and Kimberley, took a young crew, including practice roster players, south of the border for the Libby Loggers’ Big Bucks Tournament.

Opening the tournament Friday, the Bandits fell 14-6 to the Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen, before dropping a 9-1 decision to the Tri-County Cardinals Saturday morning.

A Saturday afternoon matinee saw the Bandits shot down 10-1 by the Lewiston Cubs.

Having dropped three games in round-robin action, the Bandits faced the Strathmore Reds on championship Sunday, finishing the weekend with a 6-5 defeat.

The weekend results dropped the Bandits to 12-13-0 on the season.

Next up on the calendar is a home doubleheader with the Mission Valley Mariners, with first pitch set to go at 1 p.m. at Confederation Park.

The back end of the doubleheader will go at approximately 4 p.m.

Canada Day long weekend with take the Bandits south of the border for tournament play in Polson, Mont., hosted by the Mariners.