The Columbia Gorge River Bandits 18U team won three of four games July 19-21 at The Last Hoorah Tournament in Camas. The good news is they won three games in a row. The bad news is they lost their fourth and final game to the team it beat in the opening round on the 19th.
The Camas-Washougal Shredders scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning on July 21 to break a 2-2 tie en route to a 6-2 victory over the Bandits (27-9-1) at Camas’ Louis Bloch Park.
The Bandits led 2-0 after one inning as William Gross and Davis Koester both scored on errors. The Shredders tied it up in the third with a pair of runs off Gross, who went the full seven innings in the defeat. He yielded eight hits and two earned runs (due to six Bandit errors), and struck out nine. His didn’t walk a batter but hit two.
Camas got a complete-game effort from its starting pitcher, too. He limited the Bandits to four singles and recorded nine strikeouts versus zero walks.
Gross, Koester, Trenton Howard, and Ethan Perdue accounted for the Bandits’ offensive fireworks.
Each defense turned one double play in the afternoon, end-of-season game.
Bandits 5, Hammertime 2: Trenton Howard went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs to back Brandon Connell’s five-hit, 13-strikeout complete game on July 20.
Connell spotted the Brush Prairie side a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as two Hammertime runs cros-sed home plate because of an error and an ensuing sacrifice fly that brought home the batter who’d reached on the error. Both runs were unearned.
The Bandits evened the score in the top of the third. Jack Kelly and Trenton Howard singled back-to-back to open the frame. Kelly moved to third on a passed ball, then scored when Hammertime’s pitcher played William Gross’ bunt into an error. Howard made it 2-2 when he scored on the catcher’s throwing error during a double-steal attempt with Gross.
In the fourth, the Bandits took the lead at 3-2 when Payden Webster stole home. Howard grounded a single past the second basemen with one out to drive in Garrett Mathany with the Bandits’ fourth run.
Howard drove in Garrett Clark (lead-off walk) with the game’s final run with two out in the top of the sixth.
Connell worked around a lead-off single in the bottom of the sixth, setting the last two men down on strikes. It was the reverse in the seventh.
He struck out the first two batters up, then issued a full-count walk on the eighth pitch of the at-bat. The next hitter doubled to right field to put two runners in scoring position. No worries. Connell recorded the final out on three pitches, the last being a called third strike.
The Bandits finished with 10 hits, which included a double by Connell, who was 3 for 4. They hit into two double plays and left nine men on base. The Bandits left the bases loaded in the first and cost themselves scoring opportunities in the fifth with a pair of base-running outs.
Bandits 26, Outlaws 9: A trio of Stevenson players tallied 12 of the Bandits’ 22 RBI and nine of their 14 hits in the July 20 afternoon contest that ended after four innings.
Brandon Connell (3 for 3, triple, four runs), Carter Bennett (3 for 4, double), and Garrett Mathany (1 for 2, three runs, two stolen bases) each knocked in four runs.
Davis Koester was 2 for 3 with a walk, five runs, and two RBI. Trenton Howard went 2 for 2 with two walks, four runs, and one RBI. William Gross was 1 for 2 with a walk, an RBI, and three runs.
Kolby Riggleman was 1 for 1 with a walk, an hit by pitch, and two RBI. Nate Roth scored three runs.
Riggleman picked up the victory in relief of Ethan Perdue. The former worked 2.2 innings, allowing four hits while striking out four.
Bandits 3, Shredders 0: Davis Koester and Brandon Connell combined to throw a four-hitter in the July 19th night game. Trenton Howard went 3 for 4 with two runs and two stolen bases out of the lead-off spot.
Koester pitched the first five innings. He gave up three hits, walked one, and struck out one. Connell struck out five and walked one in two innings of relief.
Howard scored on a wild pitch with two out in the top of the first to stake Koester to a 1-0 lead. It remained 1-0 into the sixth.
Kolby Riggleman made it 2-0 when he came home on Garrett Clark’s RBI groundout. Koester made it 3-0 in the seventh when he doubled home Howard from first with two away.
Connell struck out the side in the sixth, stranding a runner who reached on an error at first base. In the seventh, the right-hander worked around a lead-off single and a two-out walk. He got the final out on a full-count, swinging third strike.
Connell, Jack Kelly (double), Payden Webster, and Carter Bennett each had one of the Bandits’ eight hits. The Bandits left 11 men on base, including runners at second and third in the sixth.
Defensively, they committed three errors but turned an inning-ending double play in the fifth on a flyout to Howard in center, followed by a throw to Gross at second to extinguish the runner who had failed to tag up before proceeding to third.