2014 Bandits Foil Yankees in Central Alabama 35+ Division

Central Alabama Baseball Association 35+ Division

Bandits 5, Yankees 4

Game one – (Best of Three) Bandits 6 Yankees 2

The Bandits took the first game of the series 6-2 on a great pitching performance by Greg Hammond. Hammond gave up two early runs and then scattered eight hits while striking out six. After tying the game in the bottom of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Rick Sweeney the Bandits opened up the game scoring four in the bottom of the eighth on doubles by Drew Briese and Cris Speegle, with Sweeney adding a two run single.

Game two – Bandits 5 Yankees 4

In game two the Bandits got another great pitching performance, this time by Nathan Bland. The big lefty struck out 16 giving up only six hits and four runs. The Yankees struck first scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Bandits pulled ahead in the third when Cris Speegle and Mike Henry singled, Daniel Sims walked to load the bases and Nathan Bland hit a basesclearing triple to put the Bandits up 3-2. The play of the game came in the seventh with two outs and the tying run on third when the Bandits right fielder Drew Briese took a would be hit away by throwing the runner out at first preserving the one run lead. The Yanks would not go quietly and in the bottom of the eighth scored two runs on a two-run double with one out. Bland buckled down and struck the next two batters out. In the top of the 10th Daniel Sims delivered a run scoring double which proved to be the game winner.