Abilene Bandits

Bandits win Salina Tournament

Burton secures the win with 8th inning walk off single

CHAPMAN – Rain in Salina forced the relocation of the 5th Annual Salina Scorpions Baseball Tournament on Sunday to playable fields in Chapman where the Abilene Bandits blew out the Salina Kings in the semi-finals and needed a walk off single by Sam Burton in extra innings to repeat as champions.

Abilene scored 22 runs on 14 hits to blow by the Salina Kings 14U baseball team in the semi-final game to reach the championship against Chapman. Chapman proved to be the toughest foe of the Bandits all season as Abilene went into extra innings of the back and forth contest to grab a 6-5 win on an eighth inning single by Sam Burton.

Burton collected his biggest hit of the weekend tournament on a 0-1 pitch and laced it into centerfield to score Carter Taplin, who had led off the eighth inning with a double. Karsen Loader and Brady Fitzgeralds drew back-to-back walks to put the winning run on third base with no one out. Burton greeted Chapman reliever Liebau’s second pitch for the winning knock.

Burton began the game as the Bandits shortstop but earned the win in relief after tossing two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and struck out two.

Taplin started on the hill for the Bandits and was charged with five earned runs on seven hits through five and one third innings of work. He walked five and struck out three. Chris McClanahan finished the sixth inning on four pitches.

Abilene took a 3-2 lead after three innings only to have Chapman rebound with three runs in the fourth. Cavanaugh had a two-run double in the Chapman fourth.

Loader went three for three at the plate to lead the Bandits and he drove in a pair of runs. Loader and Taplin both had two-base hits for Abilene. Brenton Reiff and Burton had the other two Bandit hits.

In the semi-final game against the Kings, the Bandits scored 18 times in the second inning and added three more in the third to win the game by run rule after three.

The bottom third of the Abilene batting order collected multiple hits to drive in eight runs for the win. Michael McClanahan was two for three with two RBI and three runs scored. Fitzgeralds was three for three with an RBI and three runs scored. Chris McClanahan had a pair of hits that drove in two and he scored three times. Braden Wells had two hits including a double as he drove in three and scored twice for the Bandits in the big win.

Braden Adams drove in three runs with a hit a scored three times. Taplin had three RBI with two runs scored. Loader drove in two with a hit and Burton had an RBI single.

Abilene improved to 10-0 and was scheduled for two at Lyons on Monday before returning to Chapman on Wednesday evening.

Contact Ron Preston at sports@abilene-rc.com.

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