Bandits have tough weekend

Cranbrook team goes winless at a Kalispell tournament.

It was a tough weekend in Montana, as the Bandits were winless in four games during a tournament in Kalispell.

The Calgary Rockies doubled up 10-5 on the Bandits on Friday, pulling away early to take the win.

In the first inning, the Rockies scored four runs, while the Bandits posted three, with a one-run deficit. However, Calgary pulled ahead in the second with three more runs, and were able to shut down Cranbrook for much of the game.

Tyler Thorn had three RBI’s on two hits, singling in the first inning and doubling in the fourth. Thorn was also on the pitchers mound, walking two and throwing one strikeout in just over two innings.

The Bandits took to the field later that afternoon for their second game against the Mission Valley Mariners, which ended in a 15-3 defeat.

The Bandits scored one in the third and two in the fourth, but it was tough to come back after giving up a 10-0 lead after two innings to the Mariners.

Brenden Bird had a pair of RBI’s, while Robert Nickell added the third.

Bird also pitched most of the game, while four teammates hit the mound as well in relief.

On Saturday, it was a devastating second inning that led to a 11-1 defeat at the hands of a team out of Medicine Hat. The Bandits gave up eight runs after the opening inning, and couldn’t mount a comeback.

An RBI single from Brandon Ouilette brought Noah Renette home for Cranbrook’s only run of the game in the third inning.

Again, the Bandits handled pitching by committee, with four players on the mound. Renette handled the majority of the duties, with a walk and a strike.

On Sunday, the Kalispell Lakers jumped early on the way to a 15-6 win over the Bandits.

Despite facing a 9-2 deficit after two innings, the Bandits battled back to make it 9-5 before the Lakers took it away with six runs in the fourth inning.

Renette, Nickell, Bird, Cedar Kemp and Jake Bromley all hit RBI singles. Ouilette handled most of the pitching duties with four walks and three strikeouts.