Bandits fall short

By Benalla Ensign

Bandits fall short

Round two of the North Eastern Baseball Association had the Benalla Bandits face off against the Bears.

Sunday’s match against the premier Bears saw the Bandits start off strong in the first dig with pitcher Dwayne Yates holding Bears back with a three up, three down dig.

But the second saw the Bears gain momentum and runs on the board.

It wasn’t until the fifth innings when the Bandits finally got some momentum of their own to get some runs, starting off with Aaron Blanchard breaking his bat to get Alex Bell home.

Then the hitters and runners started to get their eye in, and a total of four runs in the inning.

With a new and inexperienced team, the Bandits fell short on the field and couldn’t keep up with the pace of the reigning premiers.

Dylan Barber had a great catch in the outfield and the cricketer-turned-baseballer also managed to make it over home plate as well as Jordan Service and Cheyne Osborne.

Tom Grinter and Osborne also got up on the mound to pitch but even changing the pace couldn’t get the Bandits the result they were hoping for. At the end of the game the score was 4-27.

This Sunday the Bandits face off against Wodonga Warriors Maroon at 2.15pm and Porepunka Play Warriors White at 10.30am with juniors playing at 12.45.

Head down to Racecourse Reserve on Midland Hwy to see Bandits play their first home game of the season.

The club is seeking voluntary umpires, no experience necessary and full training provided.

●For more information, phone or email Aaron on 0410095004 or at