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Bandits crush Rebel force

Tuesday, 10th March, 2015

The Bandits became the inaugural winners of the Open Men’s softball competition on Friday night with an impressive performance. PICTURES: Patrick Reincke The Bandits became the inaugural winners of the Open Men’s softball competition on Friday night with an impressive performance. PICTURES: Patrick Reincke

By Patrick Reincke

The Bandits became the inaugural winners of the Open Men’s softball competition on Friday night with an 18-run win over the Rebels at The Jube.

The Bandits proved too strong for the Rebels with an excellent pitching display from stalwart Brendan Shailes.

The Bandits brought home nine runners at the top of the first to put the Rebels on the back foot.

Some shaky pitching to start off saw the Bandits capitalise and have a nine-run lead as the Rebels took the plate.

The Rebels responded but only managed to score three before using their three outs.

The second inning saw the Bandits open up a big lead and tilt the game in their favour.

A homerun to Peter Fenwick brought home three runners and things were starting to get out of hand.

Sheldon Hall was also finding himself on base a lot with young Preston Slater and Evan Ferguson proving exceptional as well.

It was noticeable that the losses of Shawn Kemp and Damian Pascoe had taken its toll on the Rebels side but they refused to give in.

The Rebels tried to claw some runs with John Nicholls bagging a homer, but some fast pitching from Shailes to catcher Matt Day saw the score sit at 17 to 5 at the start of the third.

Rebel Adam Betts was dynamite in deep centre-field, the slender fielder making some terrific catches at the bottom of the third.

Young Bailey Miller did the same in the fifth, holding some high flyers in deep left-field.

Bases were being stolen at an alarming rate and both teams could have probably been arrested for so much stealing.

The Bandits continued to work their way out to a comfortable lead with Craig Olsen bringing some runners home at the top of the fifth.

Shailes continued to send down some heat and the Rebels’ batters had no response.

At the end of the fifth inning, it was 25 to 7.

The game was called after that and the Bandits were declared the winners.

Shailes was declared Player of the Finals and the Best and Fairest award resulted in a two-way tie with Sheldon Hall and Zane Kemp.

The turnout to the game was great and the whole night proved to be an enormous success with the competition set to continue for another season later this year.

The possibility of a junior competition is also being discussed.

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