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.