The sixth annual “Bandit Bash” amateur baseball tournament hosted by the Rum River squad will be held June 28-30 at Larson Field in downtown Cambridge.
The Bandits will open the tourney in the 8:30 p.m. game on Friday night against two-time defending champion Blue Package Delivery.
“Blue Package is a Class A team out of St. Paul, and they just love coming up to our tournament,” described Bandit skipper Tom Koplitz. “Their manager is Ron Adams who is also the head baseball coach at North St. Paul. He puts together some of his college buddies, along with some current college players, to form a good ball club. So we’re excited to go after them in the opener.”
The Bash begins with the 6:30 p.m. Friday night game of East Bethel vs. Quamba. The tourney resumes Saturday morning with heated rivals Nowthen vs. Elk River (10:30 a.m.) and the final quarterfinal game of Princeton vs. the Bloomington Bandits (12:30 p.m.).
Consolation games will then follow at 3 p.m. Semifinal games will be 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Saturday evening. Sunday’s schedule is 10:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m. (5th-place), 2:15 p.m. (3rd-place) and 5:45 p.m. (Championship). All games will be at Larson Field, unless rain delays may cause some games to be played at Sandquist Park.
Killebrew Root Beer is again the primary sponsor, with the root beer and creme soda on sale at the concession stand (to go with the burgers, hot dogs and other treats). Souvenirs will also be on sale during the tourney. Updated tourney posts will be on www.rumriverbandits.org.
• The Bandits went 1-2 over their games last week, including splitting two Eastern Minny games. On June 19, they downed visiting Nowthen 7-4 behind five strong relief innings from Josh Coleman (four strikeouts). Kevin Auth, Tyler Kronstedt and Jake Gagne all supplied two hits, with Coleman and Kronstedt both scoring two runs.
On Saturday night at a packed Brennan Field, host Hinckley got past Rum River 7-2. Auth struck out eight Knights over his eight innings but also allowed eight walks. He and Gagne led the offense with two hits.
In non-league action on June 23, visiting Roseau defeated the Bandits 4-2. Nate Knudsen stuck out five and allowed six hits over six innings on the mound for RR, with Eric Koplitz throwing one inning of shutout ball. The Bandits were limited to four hits.
Eastern Minny Baseball
West Division– Princeton 7-4, 7-5 all; Rum River 4-4, 5-6; Sartell 3-3, 3-4; Nowthen 3-6, 3-9. East Division– Hinckley 8-1, 10-4; Mora 7-1, 10-3; Quamba 1-6, 1-8; Ogilvie 0-10, 0-10.