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River Bandits claim Men's SP tournament title, 15-13

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Members of the team, front row, l-r, include Jake Davis, Brandon Keller, Brock Jones, Dave Watson, Matt Cano and Easton Riegel. Starting from the back row left are Jed Lampton, Garren Atchley, Blake Carlquist, Jacen Davis, Ethan Kraai, Austin Watson, Robe

Alpine Offroad won the league title in Men's Slowpitch. Alpine had a chance to win the post-season tournament title but fell short with a 15-13 loss to number-two seeded River Bandits last Thursday night.

At the end of regular season play Alpine Offroad sat atop the Thursday Men's League with an 11-1 record. Second-place River Bandits were close behind with its 10-2 mark.

Alpine drew a bye as post-season play began, while River Bandits faced number seven Casers in its first-round contest. The Bandits scored an easy 17-7 win against the Casers.

Number four Balls Deep took on fifth-seeded Big B's in opening round play and scored a 21-11 decision to advance to round two and a chance to knock off top-seeded Alpine Offroad.

In a third opening-round game, number three Moralez Trucking blazed past the fourth seed, Delta Metals Crusaders, 23-13.

With the win, Moralez Trucking faced the River Bandits. In a close game, River Bandits posted a 13-7 win and advanced to take on Balls Deep, a 22-19 winner over Alpine Offroad.

A confident River Bandits crew sent Balls Deep to the losers' bracket after a 15-4 win.

On its way to the title game, Alpine defeated Delta Metals Crusaders 20-5 in losers' bracket action on July 9.

Last week's 15-5 win over Big B's and a 22-2 whalloping of Balls Deep set the stage for a title game between the top two teams.

Alpine Offroad failed to score in its half of the first inning. Brandon Keller reached on a single and later scored to give River Bandits a 1-0 lead. Ethan Kraai's two-run homer boosted the lead to 3-0 heading to the second inning.

Alpine Offroad picked up its first run in the third. A triple by Keller, a two-RBI double from Austin Watson and an RBI single by Kraai highlighted River Bandits' offense in another three-run inning.

The River bandits had a 6-1 lead going to the fourth.

A three-run home run in the top of the fourth cut River Bandit's lead to 6-4.

Two sacrifice flies, a double and a single helped lead Alpine Offroad to five runs and a 9-6 lead going to the bottom of the fifth.

The River Bandits also picked up five runs on a home run, a double and a pair of singles to take an 11-9 lead to the sixth.

Alpine regained the lead after a two-run single and a Jared Gastineau RBI single produced a 12-11 lead for the Offroad crew.

River Bandits' offense answered the challenge in its half of the sixth with RBI hits from Watson, Matt Cano and Robert Smith, making the score 15-12.

Alpine picked up a singleton in the seventh inning to fall short in a 15-13 loss.

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