SALINA – The Abilene junior Babe Ruth Bandits won the opening two games of the Salina Tournament this weekend. Friday night the Bandits pounded Salina to win 11-5 in five innings. They came back on Saturday afternoon for a 15-0 shutout of the Salina Rage in three innings.

Friday, Braden Adams and Carter Taplin slapped two hits each to lead the Bandits offensively. Chris McClanahan went 1 for 2 and drove in three runs. Karsen Loader had an RBI double while Sam Burton drove in two with a hit. Stewart Scott, and Michael McClanahan also had hits for Abilene.

The Bandits scored seven times in the first and then added two in the second and single runs in the third and fifth. Salina scored twice in the top of the first, once in the fourth and then finished with two more in the fifth.

In the Bandits first inning, with one out Adams singled to left, Taplin singled and Loader walked to load the bases. Burton slashed a single to left to drive in two. Michael McClanahan singled, Chris McClanahan reached on an error, Brady Fitzgeralds walked before Ayden Taylor was hit by the pitcher. Both McClanahan’s scored on either a Salina error or a balk by the Salina pitcher. Stewart Scott singled in his second at bat of the inning to drive in Fitzgeralds.

Taplin doubled to lead off the Bandits second inning and scored on Loader’s triple. Loader scored Abilene’s ninth run on a Chris McClanahan single. Taylor scored the final two runs for Abilene after leading off the third with a walk and the fifth reaching on an error.

Michael McClanahan got the win on the hill for Abilene. He gave up one earned run on four hits in four innings of work. He walked four and struck out five. Burton tossed the fifth giving up one hit and striking out two.

Saturday, the bats were hot as Abilene smacked 14 hits and Brenton Reiff tossed a one-hit shut out in the Bandits 15-0 romp.

Taplin finished three for three at the plate, including a triple, and drove in three runs. Scott, Reiff and Michael McClanahan had two hits each for the Bandits. Scott had a double and drove in two. Reiff and McClanahan both had two RBI. Adams, Loader, Burton, Fitzgeralds and Taylor all had hits for Abilene. Adams, Burton, Fitzgeralds and Taylor also recorded RBI’s.

Abilene scored five times in the first, twice in the second and then pushed eight across in the third to end the game on run rule.

Reiff struck out four and walked one in his three innings of one-hit work.

The Bandits improved to 8-0 and were scheduled to play the Salina Kings on Sunday evening.

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