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Bandits Take Second Place In Triple Crown San Diego Open

Playing in their first tournament in several months the Bandits came out ready to play in the San
Diego Open Tournament held in Rancho Penasquitos on April 16 and 17, 2005. The tournament
was loaded with good quality, nationally rated teams from San Diego to Ramona to Santa Fe
Springs.

The Bandits started out with a game against archrival La Costa Riptide.  The Bandits came out in
the bottom of the first inning in true
Bash Brother style with six quick runs.  The game was
never in question as the Bandits sailed on to a 10-6 victory.  Highlights of the game included a
homerun by Danny Martin and great pitching by Niko Marinos.

In
Game Two of the weekend, the Bandits faced a much tougher opponent – the Thunder from
Santa Fe Springs.  The Thunder had beaten the Bandits in a tournament the previous year.  The
Thunder jumped ahead in the first inning with a quick run then added two more in the second
and three in the third.  By the bottom of the third inning the Bandits were looking at a 6-0
deficit.  Things did not look good for the Bandits.  The Bandits huddled together and decided it
was time to
break out the bats.  Trevor Jones lead off with a single and his Bandit brothers
followed with a nice rally, adding four runs to bring the score to a more manageable 6-4
position.  The Bandits defense, with
JP throwing heat from the mound, held the Thunder to no
runs in the 4th inning.  The Bandits came in and scored five more big runs in the bottom of the
fourth.  The Bandits went back out on to the field and held the Thunder to just two runs with
AJ fielding the last grounder of the inning.  
The Bandits won the game 9-8.

With two victories, the Bandits were declared the number one seed and placed into the semi-
finals against the Riptide.  The Bandits heard lots of stories and talk before the game about how
this was going to be the game where the Riptide FINALLY beat the Bandits.  Unfortunately for
the Riptide, this was not to be.  The Bandits, with
great pitching from Nick Shirreffs, proceeded
to beat the Riptide by a lop-sided score of 5-1.  This victory put the Bandits in to the tournament
finals against the Scripps Ranch Falcons.

Playing in the tournament finals, both teams were nervous and a little tentative to start.  
Neither team scored in the first inning.  Starting in the second inning, the Falcons began to find
their sticks and they added runs each inning with extremely solid hitting top to bottom in their
lineup.  The Bandits could not put together any significant hits until the bottom of the last inning
when it was simply too little, too late.  The Falcons won the final game by a score of 11-5.

The Bandits finished the tournament in second place with each boy receiving a nice piece of
championship hardware and a
berth in the 2005 Triple Crown World Series in Colorado!

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