PITTSBURG — It was better late than never for the KTCCU River Bandits on Monday, as they rallied back from a one-run deficit to win 6-3 against SEK Urgent Care on Monday inside Jaycee Ballpark.
After tying the game at 1-all in the second frame, the River Bandits fell behind again in the third at 2-1, but broke through for five runs in the fourth and held on to win the game.
“We started off a little flat tonight,” KTCCU head coach Adam Jameson said. “I don’t know if it was because it’s hot and we were feeling sorry for ourselves, but we got it going at the plate in the middle innings by hitting the ball hard and running the bases well. I thought our two pitchers Gianni Piccini and Blaise Dawson threw the ball well and we made enough plays behind them to win the ballgame.”
The Marauders hit the scoreboard in the opening frame to take a 1-0 lead.
Austin Cosens got the Marauders going by beating out an infield single, before moving up into scoring position on a single by Braden Benson and coming in to score on a defensive miscue.
The River Bandits responded with a run of their own in the second inning to tie the game at 1-all.
Caleb Worsley reached first safely on an infield single, moved up to second after Gabe Beaman drew a walk and crossed the plate on a pair of defensive errors.
The Marauders regained the lead in third inning at 2-1 on the strength of an RBI single to center field off the bat of Cosens, but the River Bandits took control of the contest with five runs in the fourth to gain a 6-2 advantage.
The five-run inning began with a leadoff single by Piccini and included RBI singles from Cole Jameson, Caleb Worsley and Beaman.
SEK Urgent Care got one run back in the sixth, but couldn’t complete the rally.
Benson led off the inning with a single up the middle, before stealing second and scoring on a defensive error.
KTCCU AT THE PLATE
Worsley was the offensive catalyst, going 2-for-2 with an RBI, two runs scored and three stolen bases.
Cole Jameson also had a pair of hits with an RBI and a run scored.
SEK URGENT CARE AT THE PLATE
Cousens drove in a run and scored a run for the Marauders with two hits in the contest.
Benson went 3-for-3 with run and a stolen base.
KTCCU will take on Phalen Law at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Jaycee Ballpark.
SEK Urgent Care will square off against Rotary at 8 p.m. on Thursday inside Jaycee Ballpark.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.