After a convincing 7-0 win over Porepunkah last week, the Benalla Bandits have been brought back down to Earth with a crushing defeat at the hands of Wangaratta.
The winter weather had arrived for the Bandits’ second game of the season on Sunday when they took on Wangaratta Black away.
The Bandits started off the game in the field among threatening clouds, but Wangaratta’s attack was not hindered by the weather — in the top of the first inning, the home side had five safe hits and four players crossing the plate.
Unable to counter attack, the Bandits failed to score in the bottom of the first.
The second inning saw Bandits pitcher Ossie Osborne strike out two players bringing his strike out count to five for the season, but not before a powerful shot over left field hit from Wangaratta’s Shaun O’Neill resulting in a home run.
Bandits’ Lindsay Schintler had a safe hit to left field, but was stranded on base with the Bandits unable to bring him home.
Jordan Osborne took over the pitching from the third inning and managing three strike outs.
The third and forth innings saw good pitching performances from Wangaratta and the Bandits failing to capitalise with the bat.
After a couple of errors in the field, the Bandits let four runs come in over the next two innings and were unable to score, but continued to fight.
With a good job being done by Jordan Osborne on the mound, he struck out most of the Wangaratta batters that stepped up to the plate.
Rain and wind slowed the game, but the Bandits’ batters began to get their eyes in late on, with singles from Dwayne Yates and Jordan Service.
Tight defence and good pitching from the Bandits held the Wangaratta team at bay but the damage had been done and by the end of the seventh inning, time and game was called with the scorecard reading 10-0 in favour of Wangaratta.
The Bandits have a spell from playing over the Easter and Anzac breaks and will hope to regain the winning form from their first game when they regroup for the Warriors at Porepunkah in three weeks.