Rum River Bandit recaps from skipper Tom Koplitz:
The Nowthen Knights came to Cambridge May 30 to re-kindle an old metro Minny League rivalry. Trailing 3-0 in the eighth, the Bandits scored two in the eighth and won it with two in the ninth on a walk-off, 2-RBI single by Tim Koplitz.
Ross Daugherty went 8.3 innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 8. Kevin Auth faced the last two hitters and got the win. Ben Poidinger led the attack with 2 hits. Josh Coleman had an outstanding game at short.
Old Black Bat comes home
On June 1, Rum River and the Quamba Cubs battled for the Old Black Bat traveling trophy in Quamba. Cole Willcoxen took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and allowed only 3 hits. Tyler Kronstedt battled control problems but finished up with 3 scoreless, hitless innings and the Bandits won 7-3.
The 11-hit attack was led by Mike Koplitz, Alex Kordiak and Kronstedt, each delivering 3 base knocks. Tim Hale set a Bandits record with 4 stolen bases on the night.
• On June 8, Princeton’s Josh Ludwig and RR’s Auth hooked up in a great pitching duel which finished with the Panthers prevaiing 4-2 in the Eastern Minny matchup. Princeton scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth for the final difference.
In non-league action June 9, host St. Francis hung an 11-2 loss on the Bandits.
Next up: at Hinckley June 15 (7:30 p.m.); twin bill at Nowthen June 17 (1/3 p.m.).
Eastern Minny League
Hinckley 5-1, 5-4; Mora 4-1, 6-2; Rum River 4-1, 5-5; Princeton 3-2, 3-4; Nowthen 2-5, 2-6; Chisago Lakes 0-3, 0-3; Quamba 1-6, 2-10