For most college-aged young adults, summer is a time to come back home to relax and have fun with family and friends. However, for Manitowoc Bandits ballplayers Parker Johnson and Galen Duff, it has been a time away from home in hopes of continuing to sharpen their baseball skills and compete at a higher level. Both Johnson and Duff recently completed their freshman seasons at Williamette University in Salem, Oregon and have traveled a long way from their Carlsbad, California and Spokane Valley, Washington homes, respectively.
Santa Allen is coming to town this Saturday night for Christmas in July... for those that have participated in this promotion for the last 17 years, yes, I said 17 years, you know how much fun the evening will be... So come on out and enjoy the ballgame and a soda/beer/brat and if you're good, go home with a Christmas present (which could be one of three TVs)... you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why...
Tonight's Bandits game against the Sheboygan A's was called in the bottom of the first inning due to lightning and the threat of severe weather. A makeup date has not yet been set.
The VeePak Hawks broke the Bandits four game winning streak by taking both ends of a doubleheader by scores of 4-1 and 7-4. In Game one, it was a pitcher's duel as Bandits starter Matt Phipps held the Hawks scoreless through six innings. The only run was provided by a Brad Liermann solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth but the Hawks answered by scoring four runs in the top of the seventh, sealing their Game 1 victory. In Game 2, starter Greg Herr took the loss as the Hawks scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Bandits built a pair of rallies in the
The Chicago Wildcats came to town as part of the Wisconsin State League/Chicago Suburban League Challenge and the Bandits prevailed with two victories, 4-3 in Game 1 and 6-4 in Game 2. In both contests, the Wildcats had the tying or winning run in scoring position when the Bandits recorded the final out. During Game 1, Brennan Rhode pitched seven innings of superb baseball, picking up the win, as Sam Spurney provided most of the offense with a first-inning run scoring double and a third inning, two run home run. In Game 2, Joe Christensen would pitch 5 1/3 innings before y
Pitching and defense were on display this year as the Northeastern League and Frank Langsdorff League of Southeastern Wisconsin battled it out Friday night in the 4th Annual All-Star Game. The NEWBL All-Stars took home a 4-1 victory in part to some stellar defensive plays and great pitching by our own Bandits representation. Both Brennan Rhode and Brandon Bartels pitched hitless innings and Bartels made two amazing plays defensively at third base, the first a diving stop and then turning a 5-4-3 double play and then another diving stop and toss to first for the final out of the
Starter Miles Mayer pitched eight solid innings Thursday night before yielding to Brennan Rhode who recorded the final three outs in the Bandits 3-2 victory over the Appleton Legends. The Bandits got off to a quick start as Galen Duff led off with a hit by pitch and Brock Wetenkamp homered, giving the Bandits a 2-0 lead after just two batters. Scoring would become scarce for the rest of the game as the Bandits plated their only other run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Josh Krowiorz hit a two out single to right center to score Wetenkamp. Appleton would score a sing
Four players were selected to represent the Bandits in each of the upcoming two All-Star Games. The Northeastern League/Southeastern League All-Star Game pits players from all seven NEWBL teams against representatives from the Frank Langdorff League of Southeastern Wisconsin which plays its ball in the Milwaukee Metro area. Representing Manitowoc on the team will be Brock Wetenkamp, Galen Duff, Brandon Bartels and Brennan Rhode. The NEWBL/SEWBL All Star Game is this Friday night at Sheboygan. The HR Derby is at 6:00 pm with the game scheduled to begin
Down 5-3 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Manitowoc Bandits mounted a rally, plating a pair of runs and forcing the game into extra innings where Sam Spurney drew a bases loaded walk with two outs to end the game and send the Bandits home with a 6-5 victory. Oshkosh would score all five of its runs on two pitches during a rough fifth inning for starter Parker Johnson. After hitting two batters and giving up an infield single, Johnson walked in a run and then gave up a grand slam to Travis Derocha, the catcher for Oshkosh. That is all the runs Oshkosh would get on the
Tonight's game at Menasha has been cancelled due to poor field conditions. The game will be made up on Monday, August 2nd at 7:15 at Koslo Park in Menasha.