Bandits alive and well in regional tourney
The Mound Time 14-year-olds start 2-0 at the regional tourney
KEIZER - Already a state champion, the Mound Time Bandits have even bigger goals on their minds.
The Bandits, who previously won the Babe Ruth state championship for 14-year-olds, have opened the Pacific Northwest Regionals at Volcanoes Stadium with back-to-back wins in pool play.
In game one, the Bandits routed Casper, Wyo., 18-4, getting six RBIs and a grand slam from Parker Stidham, and three strikeouts in one inning of relief from Josh Lewellen.
Stidham was front and center again in his team's game-two win on Tuesday, a 10-3 victory over Willamete Valley, the Southern Oregon champion and a team that beat the Bandits last year in Regional play.
Stidham threw all seven innings of the win, scattering seven hits, one walk and one hit batter while striking out eight.
The two teams were tied at 2-2 after the first inning, but the Bandits took over quickly after that, pushing across two runs in the second, one more in the fifth and five in the sixth.
Stidham went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, a triple, one RBI and one scored, while Ryan Kaser was 2-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored.
The Bandits faced Salem-Keizer yesterday (Wednesday) after the Valley Times' press deadline, meet Meridian, Idaho, at 1 p.m. Friday, then hope to advance to the tournament semis and final on Saturday.
The tournament champion will advance to the World Series in Virginia.