Finney Co. team manages one run in home twinbill.

6/12/2013

Finney Co. team manages one run in home twinbill.

Finney Co. team manages one run in home twinbill.

By GRANT MELIN

sports@gctelegram.com

After beginning their season last weekend at the Ulysses tournament, the Finney County Bandits opened their 2013 home opener against the Lamar, Colo., Merchants looking to see where their game plan was going.

The Bandits found plenty of room for improvement as Lamar swept the Bandits 17-1 and 8-0, respectively, on Tuesday at Clint Lightner Stadium.

In Game 1, after holding Lamar in the first two innings of play, the third inning began to take a toll on the Bandits, giving up nine runs in the inning as the Merchants took advantage of the Bandits two errors while getting six hits.

Jordan Jara, Kodiak Ratzlaff, and Brynden Burns loaded the bases for Lamar before Charlie Ferris tripled to right field to clear the bases and set the tone for the evening. Tylon Jara, Bryan Gonzalas, Tanner Barth, Hayden Crum, and again Jordan Jara all followed next by taking advantage of several wild pitches and two errors to score in the inning.

The Merchants followed with more in the fourth and fifth innings as Ferris, Isaih Martinez, and Gonzalas each scored a run in each inning with Tylon Jara also scoring a run in the fourth.

The sole bright spot on the night for the Bandits was a lone run by Isaac Garcia in the third inning as he walked to first then advanced to second on a wild pitch. He moved to third on a fielder's choice groundout by Zack Hopkins. Garcia raced home on a wild pitch for the Bandits' only run of the night.

Game 2 for the Bandits was not as messy but still left a lot to be desired as Lamar's Ratzlaff scored in the first inning on a wild pitch with Burns and Tylon Hara also coming home in the inning to go up early on the Bandits.

The Bandits managed to get hits from Derek Cook in the first inning and from Edam Arreola in the third inning but were not able to score despite Syras Swartz, Arreola, and Jack Spellman all advancing to third in the game.

Lamar scored two more runs in the third inning from Martinez and Tanner Barth. Ferris and Tylon Jara were next to score, this time in the fourth inning with Ratzlaff being the last to score on the night as the Bandits allowed 25 hits and committed 11 errors in the two games.

For head coach Joe Kraft, the ball handling was the number one issue for the Bandits.

"When you have that many errors to try to come back it kind of makes it hard for pitchers to perform as well as climb out of a deficit," said Kraft. "Letting them score was how well we took care of the baseball, and it wasn't the best."

With the Finney County Bandits playing in Great Bend next on Saturday and Sunday, coach Kraft knows he has some team building to accomplish in order to improve.

"We need to take care of the baseball and putting the ball into the play ... once everything goes together, were going to have a great squad, we just have to stay with it," said Kraft.

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Game 1

Lamar, Colo. 17, Finney Co. Bandits 1

Lamar, Colo. 109 43 -- 17 16 0

FC Bandits 001 00 -- 1 0 5

WP--J. Jara; LP--Laureles.

Lamar, Colo.--J. Jara, Barth, and Ferris.

FC Bandits--Laureles, Cook, and Calderon.

Game 2

Lamar, Colo. 8, Finney Co. Bandits 0

Lamar, Colo. 302 21 -- 8 9 0

FC Bandits 000 00 -- 0 2 6

WP--Barth; LP--Terrazas. Lamar, Colo.--Barth and Ferris. FC Bandits--Terrazas and Swartz.

3B--Lamar, Colo. (T. Jara, Ratzlaff).

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