Rum River Bandits move into second place

After a big week, the Rum River Bandits find themselves one game out of first-place.

Andy Julkowski takes a big lead off against North Branch.

On July 12, the Bandits hosted rival North Branch. Pitcher Nathan Knudsen set the tone for the Bandits, pitching a complete game. While the first inning started 2-0 in favor of North Branch, Knudsen found the pitches he needed and did not surrender another run until the ninth inning.

The Bandit bats were also on display, as the team posted two runs in the second, and followed with a six run third inning. After allowing three runs to end the game, the Bandits were still able to hang on for the 9-5 win.

On July 14, the Bandits had another close encounter with the North Branch Nighthawks.

This time it was Shawn Motl pitching a nearly complete game. The game remained scoreless until the fifth inning, when the Nighthawks posted two runs. The Bandits answered with two of their own in the bottom of the sixth.

The teams traded runs until the final inning, where the score remained tied 6-6. The Bandits; however, found a way to get the job done, and broke the tie in the bottom of the tenth inning. The Bandits sent North Branch packing with a 7-6 extra inning win.

Jesse Jacobson takes a big cut at Larson Park on July 14. Photos by Mike Bleninger

The Bandits ended their week with a double header in Chisago Lakes on July 16. The Bandit offense took care of business this time around.

During their first game, Tyler Kronstedt went 3-3 at the plate with two RBI’s. His presence at the plate was key factor in the Bandits pulling off the 7-3 win.

The second game in Chisago was more of the same. The Bandits jumped in front early, scoring all five of their runs in the first and third innings. The Bandits were able to return to Cambridge with two more wins under their belt, taking the second game 5-3.

The Bandits only have three more games during the final week of the regular season. The first game, will be July 19 when Rum River hosts Mora at Larson Field at 7:30 p.m. After that, the Bandits will play their final road game on July 22 when they travel to Nowthen for a 2 p.m. game.

The final game of the regular season will be at Sandquist Park against rival Princeton. That game will be held on July 23 at 12:05 p.m.