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Bandits win one, tie one to open season

At Peoria, Ariz., the Idaho Falls Bandits started their season with a win and a tie, defeating the T-Rex Rawlings 18U team 5-0 and playing to a 4-4 tie with the Okotoks Dawgs Academy Black 18U team.

Against T-Rex, a baseball club based in Arizona, the Bandits scored two runs in the first and second frames before adding another run in the fifth to earn their first win of the year.

Randon Hostert went the distance on the mound, striking out 13 batters in 102 pitches. He walked three and surrendered one hit.

Offensively, Jace Hanson went 1 for 2 with two RVIs. Andrew Gregersen went 1 for 2 at the plate with one run and one double. Koby Sorenson went 1 for 3 with a run and an RBI.

Against Okotoks, the Bandits scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead after Okotoks led 3-2 heading into the fourth frame. Okotoks then scored one run in the top of the seventh to finish the game in a tie.

Alex Cortez led all Bandits offensively against Okotoks, going 3 for 3 and crossing home twice. Bridger Taylor went 1 for 3 with two RBIs. Caden Christensen knocked in two RBIs in three at-bats. Logan Ferguson went six innings on the mound, allowing six hits, three earned runs and one home run. He walled three and struck out seven.


T-Rex 000 000 0 — 0 1 2

Bandits 220 010 X — 5 7 1

T-REX — stats unavailable.

BANDITS — Pitchers: Randon Hostert 7 IP, 102 P, H, 3 BB, 13 K. Leading hitters: Jace Hanson 1-2m 2 RBIs; Koby Sorenson 1-3, R, RBI; Bridger Taylor 1-3, RBI; Andrew Gregersen 1-2, R.


Okotoks 021 000 1 — 4 6 1

Bandits 002 002 0 — 4 7 3

OKOTOKS — stats unavailable.

BANDITS — Pitchers: Logan Ferguson 6 IP, 110 P, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 K, 3 BB, HR; Easton Taylor 1 IP, 10 P, K, BB. Leading hitters: Alex Cortez 3-3, 2 R; Bridger Taylor 1-3, 2 RBIs; Caden Christensen 0-3, 2 RBIs; Bruer Webster 1-2, R.

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