The Manitowoc Bandits won an extended contests with the Oshkosh Giants on Tuesday night, winning 6-2 in 13 innings. Mike Hall drove in Galen Duff who had reached second base on a dropped third strike and errant throw to first base by the Giants catcher. Duff advanced to third on a single by Brock Wetenkamp. Wetenkamp would also score on an RBI double by Sam Spurney. Brad Liermann capped off the four-run inning with a two-run single. Joe Christensen got the win, pitching the final four innings. He struck out one, walked one and gave up two hits.
The Manitowoc Bandits made their annual Chicago Weekend Trip to face the Lombard Orioles this past weekend and left with only one victory in the series. Lombard, League Champion nine of the last ten years, won the first and last games of the series 11-1 and 12-2. In between those two games, the Bandits played well, dropping one contest by a score of 1-0 behind a solid performance from Brennan Rhode and winning the opener on Sunday by a score of 2-1 behind the pitching of Parker Johnson. The Bandits continue their road swing through this week by visiting Osh
The Oshkosh Giants jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead as Bandits starter Miles Mayer hit the first two batters of the game. After a strikeout and a walk, Oshkosh thirdbaseman Doug Beattie hit a 2 RBI double to open the scoring. From there Mayer settled down, allowing only two more runs, one earned over the next five innings. The Bandits bats came to life in the bottom of the third inning as Galen Duff, Brandon Bartels and Mike Hall each scored. Sam Spurney hit a double to deep centerfield cutting the score to 4-3.
Tonight's Bandits Game at Appleton has been cancelled due to rain. It was an exhibition game and their are currently no plans to make it up. The Bandits will be hosting the Oshkosh Giants tomorrow night (Wednesday) at Muncipal Field. Batting Practice begins at 5:30 and the game starts at 7:30.
The Bandits travelled to Appleton on Saturday to open Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League play and left with a split of the two games, though each were completely different contests. The Legends jumped all over the Bandits in game one, winning a shortened 10-0 contest. Parker Johnson took the loss on the mound. Then the Bandits bounced back in Game 2 to win 5-2 as Matt Phipps took the hill and tossed 6 2/3 innings, earning his first win of the year. Brennan Rhode collected the final out for the save as he posted a strikeout with the bases loaded. T
The Bandits came back after a disappointing outing against the Kewaskum A's to wrap up their pre-season with a 12-2 win over the Two Rivers Polar Bears. The Bandits jumped out to an early lead, scoring two in the first inning as Nat Richter and Tony Jandron scored on a Mike Hall sacrifice fly and Sam Spurney single respectively. The Bandits then came out swinging in the third inning, sending ten batters to the plate. Tony Jandron hit his second homer of the season, another three-run shot and Brock Wetenkamp hit his first, a two-run shot. The Bandits would cruise from
The Kewaskum A's handed the Bandits their first loss of the young season by a score of 15-5 at Municipal Field on Wednesday night. The Bandits outhit the A's 13-12 but Bandits pitchers allowed ten walks and the Bandits defense had three errors that allowed Kewaskum to take advantage of every scoring opportunity they were given. Greg Herr took the loss on the mound as the Bandits used five pitchers in the ballgame. Chris Krepline started and Joe Christensen, Mike Ruzek, Herr and Brennan Rhode each saw action in the contest.
The Manitowoc Bandits opened their 2010 season by defeating the Branch Blaze 13-3 in non-league action. The offense came in one giant swoop as the Bandits plated eleven runs in the bottom of the second inning that featured the Bandits sending sixteen batters to the plate. Tony Jandron led of the inning with a single and launched a three-run homerun during his second at bat of the inning. Brad Liermann had a pair of hits and RBIs in the frame as well. Mike Hall ended the game with a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning, ending the game early.
UW-Stevens Point took a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth inning on a suicide squeeze and held on to advance to the DIII College World Series next weekend at Fox Cities Stadium by defeating the Whitewater Warhawks. They will facy Cortland at 10am on Friday, May 28th to open the World Series. Sam has had an outstanding senior season and the Bandits players and fans will be rooting for him and the Pointers this upcoming weekend.
Outfielder Sam Spurney will be entering his fourth season with the Manitowoc Bandits, but is currently finishing out his senior collegiate season at UW-Stevens Point. He has posted a .373 AVG and in impress .443 OBP this season so far for the Pointers and is looking forward to the opportunity to lead the Bandits back to the top of the NEWBL again this season. Online Content Intern Shawn Wagner had the opportunity to interview Sam on his thoughts about his college season and the upcoming Bandits season. Click Read More to see Sam's Q&A...