Bandits season ends with another tough loss

The Rum River Bandits played another very solid game on Saturday afternoon in Hinckley only to come up short against the Mora Blue Devils by a score of 2-0.
Mora’s ace pitcher allowed only four hits while striking out 16 Bandit hitters.
“We had excellent scoring chances in the second and eighth innings, but could not come up with a clutch hit,” said Bandits manager Tom Koplitz. “Four singles were all the Bandits could muster; Kevin Auth, Jake Gagne, Andy Julkowski and Tim Koplitz tallied the Bandits hits.
“Two key starters missing really hurt us, as our number two hitter and our number five hitter were not in attendance on Sunday,” Koplitz said.
Once again, the Rum River pitching was outstanding, with Mitch Ziebarth and draftee Terry Hadden holding the Mora hitters to only six hits.
“Ziebarth was outstanding in the region tournament, holding the number-one-rated Sartell Muskies to one unearned run last Sunday in the Bandits 1-0 loss, and throwing another five innings this weekend,” Koplitz said. “Ziebarth threw 23 innings of playoff baseball, allowing only four earned runs, striking out 20 and walking only five batters. This should bode well for Mitch at Concordia this spring!”
Bandits pitchers and defense allowed only four runs in three games during the region tournament.
The Bandits had a very successful season, peaking a playoff time. With 15 wins and a veteran team returning next year, Rum River will be one of the favorites in the Eastern Minny in 2018.