Former catcher Brandon Ouillette keeps watch behind home plate as head coach Paul Mrazek (back bench

Baseball season draws near as Cranbrook Bandits prepare for tryouts

Cranbrook Bandits Montana State ‘B’ Baseball tryouts set to begin Friday at Confederation Park

The Cranbrook Bandits have made two consecutive trips to the Montana State ‘B’ Baseball championship and will look to make it three in a row as the 2016 season rolls around.

The first step on that long, dusty trail will be taken this Friday at 5:30 p.m. as the Bandits open two-day tryouts at Confederation Park in Cranbrook.

Bandits head coach Paul Mrazek expects to have 11 to 12 players returning from the 2015 squad, leaving openings for five or six newcomers on the active roster. American Legion Baseball teams are permitted to carry 18 players on the active roster.

Monday morning, Mrazek said his wish is to carry 16 players on the active roster for the 2016 campaign, with an additional two to four players on the practice roster.

Having seen a number of key components, including infielders Connor Armstrong, Devon Marra and catcher Brandon Ouillette age out, there exists plenty of opportunity for young players to earn a roster spot in 2016, according to Mrazek.

The Bandits dugout director has seen regularly increasing interest in the program, sparking him to expand tryouts from one day, as was previously the case, to two days ahead of this season.

After the opening day of tryouts Friday, auditions will wrap up Monday, April 25 (5:30 p.m.) at Confederation Park in Cranbrook. From there, Mrazek and his staff will pare the roster down in preparation for team’s first tournament, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 in Libby, Mont.

After playing a 43-game regular season in 2015, Mrazek said the expectation is to play 46 games over the course of the 11-week campaign this summer.

The Bandits will open their home slate when they host Trail for a doubleheader Saturday, May 21 before welcoming Eureka to Confederation Park for a doubleheader on Sunday, May 22.

Aspiring players interested in trying out or with questions about the Bandits program are encouraged to contact Mrazek via email (yanzek@shaw.ca) or phone (250-919-6706).

While the Bandits came up short in the 2015 Montana State ‘B’ championship, it was their second consecutive trip to the state finale after winning it all at the conclusion of 2014.

 

Just Posted

Dynamiters win Game 3, Nitehawks on brink of elimination

McDowell scores twice to lift Kimberley Dynamiters to a 3-0 series lead against the B.V. Nitehawks,

Kimberley designers to host eco-friendly fashion show

ElChupacabra Collective is hosting a fashion show with a focus on sustainable, hand-made clothing

Creative Monkeys gets permanent home, launches summer camps

Grand opening for new studio is April 6

Military Ames hosting second annual Pasta with a Purpose fundraiser

For the Bulletin Military Ames is happy to announce our Second Annual… Continue reading

College of the Rockies to add 96 beds for student housing

$17.7 million project of six cottage-style buildings to be completed by 2020

Dynamiters keep their winning streak going

Nitros beat out the Nitehawks 4-3 in game two of the Conference finals.

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

2 fires in Victoria caused by cigarettes prompts warning from deputy fire chief

Two separate fires caused by cigarette butts were avoidable

Wildlife activists slam B.C. business, clubs for ‘wolf-whacking’ contests

Chilcotin Guns, Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club and West Kootenay Outdoorsmen Club under fire

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Boy who went missing from park remains largest probe in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

Most Read