|2005 World Series Game Summary
La Costa Bandits Finalists In 2005 World Series
By Staff Writer
07/25/2005-The La Costa Bandits packed their bags and headed to Steamboat Springs,
Colorado to defend their 2004 World Championship Title on July 17th, 2005. The team
members were excited to defend their title from the previous year, but the boys were also a
little nervous, as they knew they would be facing even tougher opponents in the 10-Year
Old, Open Division 1 classification. This Division 1 class included the 23 best teams in
the country including state champions from Nebraska, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Utah,
Hawaii, and many other states.
Game 1: Bandits vs DC Rockers (Colorado)
The Bandits started the tournament against the DC Rockers, the second place finisher in the
Colorado State tournament. The Rockers played a tough game in this tournament opener,
forcing the Bandits to play near perfect defense against a very good game of “small-ball”.
Fortunately, the Bandits came prepared to defend against excellent bunting because the
Rockers laid down five great bunts, four of which were defended successfully by the Bandit
infield. The Bandit bats eventually warmed up just enough to squeak out a 5-4 win, with JP
scoring the winning run on an RBI single by Niko, and Danny shutting down the Rocker
Final score: Bandits 5 - DC Rockers 4
Game 2: Bandits vs Mac N Seitz (Kansas)
With a first game victory under their belt, the Bandits headed into their second game of pool
play against the Indians of Mac N Seitz, Kansas. The Bandit bats were hot from the first
inning on with the Bandits jumping out for six big runs in the first inning. The Bandits
went on to win this game by a final score of 12-8. This win gave the Bandits a 2-0 record
in pool play securing the number six seed in bracket play.
Final score: Bandits 12 - Mac N Seitz 8
Game 3: Bandits vs Del Mar, CA
The Bandits headed in to bracket play against the Del Mar Powerhouse team. The Bandits
quickly dispatched the Powerhouse team to the losers bracket, beating them soundly with a
final score of 10-3. The game was never in question, as the Bandits again jumped on their
opponent for four big first-inning runs. Nick Anderson was superb on the mound, and
Trevor provided excellent relief.
Final score: Bandits 10 - Del Mar 3
Game 4: Bandits vs Texas Rattlers
The Bandits next faced the Texas Rattlers from Flowermound, Texas. Seeded number
three in the tournament, the Rattlers were known to be a strong team. The Bandits again
jumped out to an early lead with five runs in the top of the first inning on five hits
including three doubles off the fence. The Rattlers were clearly outmatched in hitting as the
Bandits put on a hitting display with six balls hit to the 225’ fence, and a total of 23 hits.
The Bandits played perhaps their best game ever and finished the game with a final score of
23-3, with the game called short on account of mercy. When the game was over the
Bandit boys were asked to visit the media tent so they could be interviewed for their
possible play in the nationally televised final game. The boys excitedly answered interview
questions on what they liked to do, what players they admired, etc.
Final score: Bandits 23 - Texas 3
Game 5: Bandits vs Mac N Seitz (Kansas)
With a very solid victory under their belts and thoughts of playing on television, the Bandits
headed into the semi-finals of the Winners Bracket. The opponent was the Mac N Seitz
Indians, a team which the Bandits previously beat. Unfortunately the Indian bats were hot
and they scored five runs in the top of the first inning. The Bandits were not prepared to
respond to this early rally and the Indians went on to win the game with a final score of 12-5.
Final Score: Bandits 5 - Mac N Seitz 12
Game 6: Bandits vs Ark-La-Tex Tornadoes
Stunned by an unexpected defeat, the Bandit boys retreated to McDonalds to re-group and
escape the 95-degree mid-afternoon heat. The boys filled up with burgers and drinks to
begin their long journey back to the championship game. The boys knew they would face
tough opponents as all the “easy” teams were now gone from the tournament. Looking at
the brackets the boys learned they would face the #1 seeded Tornadoes from Ark-La-
Tex in their next game. The Tornadoes were a viscous opponent with excellent coaching
and high expectations to win the national title.
Nick Shirreffs threw the best game of his life, and the defense played their best
game ever. With this combination, the Bandits shut out the Tornadoes. Niko produced a
key triple in the sixth inning to secure a final score of 6-0. Defensive highlights of the game
included two key double plays – one by Danny & Kevin in the infield, and a second one
by AJ in the outfield.
Final score: Bandits 6 - Ark-La-Tex 0
Game 7: Bandits vs Placentia Mustangs(CA)
Playing their third game of the day, the boys showed NO signs of being tired or ready to
give up. The Bandits now faced another nationally ranked team – the Mustangs from
Placentia, California. The Mustangs featured extremely large players including a pitcher that
threw heat in the mid-60’s. The Bandits showed complete confidence again, jumping out to
another early lead with six runs in the top of the first inning. AJ, Danny, Brandon, Nick
Anderson, JP, Niko, and Kevin all had hits in the first inning as the Bandits provided one of
their patented “Bat Around Bandit” innings. The game eventually ended at 9:30 pm, with
a final score of 14-9. Excellent pitching was provided by JP and AJ.
Final score: Bandits 14 - Placentia 9
Game 8: Bandits vs Cobras(Florida)
The La Costa Bandits team now prepared to play their most important game of the season.
With a very short night of sleep, the boys woke up early to prepare for the tournament semi-
final game against the Cobras of West Pine, Florida. The winner of this game would play in
the nationally televised World Series Championship game, and the loser would go home.
Once again the Bandit boys came out with their bats swinging. The bats exploded in the
first inning with Brandon, Danny, and Nicholas all hitting balls to the 225’ fence. Both
teams played excellent defense and the game score was tight throughout the first three
innings. The Cobras however managed to score two critical runs in the top of the fourth
inning to go ahead by three runs. Things did not look good for the Bandits. With key
hits the Bandits put two runners in scoring position. Nick Shirreffs stepped to the plate
and smashed a bomb over the left field fence. This home run scored three runs, enough
to put the Bandits ahead by one run going in to the final inning. The Bandits defense held
steady and JP fielded the last grounder to secure the victory, by a score of 9-8. With this
one run victory, the Bandits had now secured their place in the championship game. Great
pitching was patched together by Nick Shirreffs, Danny, and Evan, and Bryan provided
another great game of work behind the plate.
Final score: Bandits 9 - Florida 8
Championship Game: La Costa Bandits vs Mac N Seitz(Kansas)
Immediately following the Florida game, the Bandit boys quickly gathered their belongings
and moved from Ski Town Field to Howelson Field for the nationally televised final game.
All coaches and all players were overwhelmed with emotion as they stood on the freshly
chalked baselines, listening to the national anthem. With five television cameras peering
from all angles, the Bandits came up to bat in the top of the first inning. The Bandits
produced one run on three hits. In the bottom of the first inning, Danny threw perfectly and
the Bandits shut the Indians down with no runs scored. Neither team scored in the second
inning, and things looked better in the third inning when the Bandit bats produced two runs.
With Bandit pitching arms tiring, the Indians found a way to push six hits through the infield
scoring eight runs in the bottom of the third. Entirely exhausted by nine games of baseball
in three and a half days, the Bandits produced one more run in the rest of their at-bats.
The Indians went on to win the game and the National Championship.
Final score: La Costa Bandits 4 - Kansas 9
After the game ended, the Bandits conducted a team meeting. All members of the team
agreed that the team could not have played better in this very competitive 2005 World
Series tournament. Each and every boy was proud to accept their World Series award
hardware and lifetime memories. The coaches agreed that the week could not have been
better (unless we had won that last game!).
The La Costa Bandits tournament record was 7-2 outscoring its opponents 88-56
(including a shutout), with its only losses to the Mac N Seitz Indians.
Congratulations La Costa Bandits 2005 World Series Finalists!!!
2005 Triple Crown World Series Tournament Teams:
HAWAII TSUNAMI (HI), AZBA BIG DAWGS (AZ), PARKER BEARS (CO), ARK-LA-TEX TORNADO! (LA),
TEXAS RATTLERS (TX), SFS THUNDER (CA), MURRIETA KNIGHTS (CA), WEST PINES COBRAS (FL),
COLUMBINE REBELS (CO), PLACENTIA MUSTANGS (CA), LA COSTA BANDITS (CA), DC ROCKERS
(CO), COLORADO BULLDOG WARRIORS (CO), OMAHA PACESETTERS (NE), UTAH HORNS (UT),
COLORADO SLAM (CO), OMAHA GLADIATORS (NE), MAC-N-SEITZ INDIANS (KS), FORT COLLINS
CARDINALS (CO), SO CAL BANDITS (CA), DEL MAR POWERHOUSE BLUE (CA), BINGHAM
DODGERS (UT), CHATFIELD RAMS (CO)