Rum River’s Killebrew Bandit Bash this weekend

The 5th Annual Bandits Bash will take place at Larson Field in Cambridge on Friday, June 29  thru  Sunday, July 1st, 2012. The Rum River baseball squad welcomes Killebrew Root Beer as the primary sponsor this year.

The field is set:  defending tourney champs Blue Package Delivery, Bloomington Bandits, Nowthen Knights, Quamba Cubs, Champlin LoGators, Princeton Panthers, St. Francis Saints and the host Rum River Bandits.

The tournament will open with two games on Friday night: Rum River vs. Quamba at 6:30 p.m. and Blue Package vs. Nowthen at 8:30 p.m. The quarterfinal round will be completed on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with Champlin vs. Princeton and at 12:30 p.m. with Bloomington vs. St. Francis.

Saturday at 3 p.m. will start the consolation bracket, with Friday night’s losers facing off.  At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Friday night’s winners will play, followed by the second semifinal, pitting Saturday morning’s winners at 7:45 p.m.

Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. the Saturday morning losers will face off, with the winner of that game playing for 5th place at 12:45 p.m. The 3rd place game follows, and the Championship game is slated to start at 5:45 p.m. Sunday evening. All games will be seven innings.  Presentation of the championship awards and Tournament MVP Bat will follow the title game.

Come on out and enjoy great food, music and baseball. Admission is free.


Bandits 10, Quamba 1

The Quamba Cubs came to town shorthanded on Sunday, and the local nine took advanatge with  a 10-1 win. The Bandits retained possesion of the Old Black Bat, one of Minnesota’s only town ball travelling trophies. The teams have now played for the bat 12 times, with Rum River holding a 9-3 edge.

Kevin Auth pitched 8.6 strong innings, with crafty Tom Koplitz getting the final out. Auth gave up 5 hits and struck out 8 Cubs on the day.  The Bandits offense was solid as they cracked out 15 hits against four Quamba pitchers.  Dan Schoess and Alex Kordiak got 3 hits apiece, but it was Billy Shay who led the attack with 2 hits, 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs and 2 walks on the day.  Tyler Kronstedt and Mike Koplitz had 2 RBIs each, and Schoess added 3 stolen bases.

Rum River faces Quamba in the opening game of the Bandits Bash on Friday and will face a much different, much tougher Cub nine.

Eastern Minny League

Mora 7-1, 12-5; Rum River 9-3, 10-7; Princeton 9-3, 9-5; Hinckley 7-3, 8-6; Nowthen 6-7, 6-8; Quamba 4-7, 5-12.