The Cranbrook Bandits ‘A’ team opened up their 2017 season yesterday on a winning note.
The ‘A’ squad was in Eureka, Montana for a double-header against the Rangers.
The Bandits took game one in the afternoon by a score of 7 runs to 6.
The second game was tied at 13 when it was called after five and a half innings due to poor lighting conditions.
Although the Bandits were able to sneak out a win, head coach Paul Mrazek was less than impressed with the effort.
“We didn’t play at our level, we went down to their level.” says Mrazek. “We barely won by one, it shouldn’t have been that complicated, we didn’t pitch well in both games.”
Cranbrook was without one of their strongest starting pitchers, Dan Mercandelli, but Mrazek explains that shouldn’t matter against Eureka.
“[Eureka] doesn’t have as many veterans as we do, they’re not as solid, they only had ten guys out there.” explains Mrazek in frustration. “We shouldn’t have to rely on one pitcher.”
Cranbrook will be home Saturday for an exhibtion game against the Bandits Alumni.
– Paul Mrazek, Cranbrook Bandits ‘A’ head coach
– Devin Howard