Nursing a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Bandits plated six runs, capped by a Brad Liermann Grand Slam (the team's fourth of the season) to defeat the Appleton Legends by a score of 8-1. The Bandits scored right off the start when Doug Bloom singled to lead off the game and then Brock Wetenkamp drilled the Subway sign on the scoreboard for a home run and a quick 2-0 lead.
Tom Vieau came off the retirement list and made his first start for the Bandits in eight seasons, earning a 10-5 win over the Denmark Devilbears of the Shoreland League. The Bandits offense staked Vieau to an early lead after four runs in the third inning on a Donovan Strouf 2-rbi single. Newcomer Joseph Jost threw four innings of ball, giving up only an earned run, to pick up a save in his first appearance on the team.
Doug Bloom was 2x5 with four stolen bases while Sam Spurney and Max Stepan each chipped in a pair of hits.
The Bandits hosted the VeePak Hawks of Elmhurst Illinois on Sunday afternoon on the second day of the Wisconsin State League vs Chicago Suburban League Challenge and like Saturday, but not like Saturday, earned another doubleheader split.
The Bandits split their Day one Wisconsin State League vs. Chicago Suburban League Challenge Doubleheader on Saturday afternoon in front of a great crowd from the area Kwik Trips. The Crestwood Cardinals came to town before heading to Oshkosh on Sunday. Game one saw the Bandits start off with a bang as TC Lee, Sam Spurney and Max Stepan hit back-to-back-to-back homers but that would be all the offense the Bandits would muster for the game as they got only one more hit in the seventh inning and fell by a score of 6-4.
The Wednesday night game at Little Chute was postponed until a later date. A makeup date will be announced soon. The Bandits are now off until Saturday when they host the Crestwood Cardinals at Municipal Field.
The Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League will be participating in the 2009 All-Star Game against the Langsdorff League of Milwaukee on Friday night in Burlington, Wisconsin. Representing the Bandits on the NEWBL squad will be catcher Max Stepan, shortstop Doug Bloom and outfielder TC Lee as well as pitcher Jayme Sukowaty. Both Stepan and Lee are also entered into the Homerun Derby which begins at 6:30pm.
The Bandits cruised to a 14-1 victory over the Green Bay Storm on Tuesday night to get back on the winning track. Andrew Wyman picked up the victory on the mound as the Bandits grabbed an early 7-1 lead after three innings. Mike Hall hit his team-leading fourth homerun of the year and Sam Spurney collected another two hit night. Max Stepan hit a bases clearing double in the top of the eighth inning.
In another close matchup, the Sheboygan A's once again tripped up the Manitowoc Bandits, this time by a score of 4-2. The A's apparently have the Bandits number this summer after the Bandits have won the series over the last few years. Jayme Sukowaty took the loss on the mound, going six innings and allowing four earned runs. Brock Wetenkamp and Sam Spurney each had a pair of hits for the Bandits who fall to 21-14 on the season.
The Bandits split a Sunday afternoon doubleheader in DePere, taking the opener 11-0 before falling 11-7 in the nightcap.
Former Bandits player/manager Jordan Bischel has been named the interim Field Manager of the Northwoods League's Green Bay Bullfrogs. Bischel had been an Assistant Coach with the team for the first half of the summer after playing and managing the Bandits for three seasons. Bandits catcher Kyle Schroeder, who coaches baseball at Luther College in Iowa, will be joining Bischel's staff in Green Bay.