The Manitowoc Bandits won a trifecta of games over the past week, defeating the Oshkosh Giants 7-4 on Tuesday and sweeping the Appleton Legends on Saturday in a doubleheader by scores of 5-4 and 10-5. Thursday's game against Sheboygan was rained out and will be made up on Saturday July 16th.
The first of four matchups of the regular season with the Sheboygan A's was as good as any game in recent years. The Bandits jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead by scoring three in the bottom of the first behind a 2 RBI single by Kevin Valerio and would threaten to score in as many as six other innings but Sheboygan continued to work out of jam after jam, eventually closing the gap and forcing the game into extra innings before scoring a single run in the top of the tenth inning to send the Bandits to defeat. Chris Krepline pitched seven solid innings, recording six strikeouts.
Matt Roberts efficiently eliminated any hopes the Giants had of winning on Tuesday night as he cruised to a 3-0 victory, tossing seven innings on only 87 pitches and recording seven strikeouts, no walks and only three hits. Liam O'Brien pitched the final two innings to record the save. The score in the contest was knotted at 0-0 with two outs in the fourth inning when Brad Liermann laced a double to left center that scored Mike Hall and Sam Spurney. Kevin Valerios would score in the fifth on a Mike Hall base hit to end the scoring. The Bandits move to 6-1 in WSL
The Manitowoc Bandits travelled to Kenosha to take on the Kenosha Kings in Wisconsin State League play on Saturday afternoon and split a doubleheader, losing game one 2-0 but winning the second contest 7-3. It had been five seasons since the Bandits were last able to secure a win at Simmons Park. In Game one, Bandits pitcher Brennan Rhode took a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings before Kenosha finally got their first base knock. Rhode's outing was outdone by Kenosha Kings Randy Johnson, reigning Wisconsin State League Pitcher of the Year who held the Bandi
At Menasha, Miles Mayer and the Bandits held the Macs to five hits in their tenth straight win, defeating Menasha bya score of 2-1 at Koslo Park in Menasha. Brock Wetenkamp led the Bandits at the plate, going 2x5 with a double while Mike Hall was 2x4. The Bandits, trailing 1-0 after four innings, scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. The Bandits moved to 2-0 in Northeastern League play and will visit the Kenosha Kings on Saturday in WSL play at 1pm at Simmons Field in Kenosha.
The Bandits returned home from their successful road trip to Addison to open their 2011 Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League schedule against the Menasha Macs on Tuesday night. The Bandits continued their winning ways, taking the 5-1 victory and extending their winning streak to nine games. The Bandits struck early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second inning on a Nat Richter 2 RBI double. Richter added to the Bandits lead in the fifth inning with a solo homerun to right field. Menasha was only able to score a single run on local native and UW-White
The Manitowoc Bandits have seldom travelled to the Chicagoland area and returned with four wins in one weekend. The competition is tough, the weather is hot and its a three hour drive with little down time. The Bandits, however, opened their 2011 Wisconsin State League schedule by winning all four games in their opening series with Addison. Scores for the contest were 9-4, 16-0, 12-0 and 6-1. The Bandits return home for a Tuesday night game against the Menasha Macs at Manitowoc's Municipal Field. Gametime is 7:30.
The Bandits completed their preseason schedule by defeating the Branch Blaze by a score of 15-0 on Friday night. The Bandits were led offensively by Mike Hall (4x4, 2B, 3 Runs), Sam Spurney (3x4, GS-HR, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 3 Runs) and Stewart Larsen (2x4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 Runs). Chris Krepline pitched five shutout innings for the win while Mike Wallerich added a pair of shutout innings to wrap up the contest. The two combined for eleven strikeouts in seven innings. The Bandits open their WSL season this weekend in Chicagoland against the Addison Braves.
The Bandits won both ends of their Wednesday night doubleheader with the Appleton Legends at Municipal Field. In Game one the Bandits won in dramatic fashion as Mike Hall hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Stewart Larson with the winning run. Matt Phipps picked up the win in relief of Matt Shea. Brock Wetenkamp hit his first homerun of the season in the bottom of the first inning.
Tonight's game versus Freedom that was to be played at Appleton's Nienhaus Field has been cancelled due to scheduling and weather issues. A makeup date will be scheduled in the near future to be played at Freedom's own home field. The Bandits next game is tomorrow night (Wednesday) at Municipal Field... 6:30pm DH vs. Appleton