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Bandits Compete to Finals with only 10 players traveling; Win # 2450

Saturday March 17 USSSA NIT Tournament @ Albuquerque
Game 1: Bandits 17 NM Rampage 13
The Bandits battled back from an early 0-3 deficit
Winning Pitcher: Derek Ramos 2 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 HR, K
Starting Pitcher: Jacob Aguilar 2 IP, 7 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K
Offensive Leaders: Ruben Archuleta 3X3, 2 R, 5 SB, 3 RBI; Ruben Rodriguez 2X2, 3 R, SB, BB, 2 RBI; Derek Ramos 1X1, 2 R, 3 SB, BB, RBI, SacB; Danny Ramirez 2X3, 2 R, 3 SB, 2 RBI; Sergio Vargas 2X3, 3 R, 2 SB; Jacob Aguilar 1X2, 3 R. 3 SB. BB. RBI; Christian Cabral 1X2, R and John Michael Mania 1X3, 2 RBI
Sacrifices: Derek Ramos SacB

Game 2: Bandits 22 Rio Rancho Gamblers 3 (run rule)
The Bandits trailed 0-3 and scored the next 22 runs in the game including 19 in the second inning
Winning Pitcher: Sergio Vargas 2 IP, 3 R, HR, H
Offensive Leaders: Danny Ramirez 3X3, 3 R, SB, 2 RBI; Ruben Rodriguez 2X2, 3 R, 2B, 3B, BB, 3 RBI; Jacob Aguilar 2X2, 3 R, HR, BB, 3 RBI; John Michael Mania 2X2, 2 R, BB, 2 RBI; Jonathan Martinez 2X2, 2 R, SB, 2 RBI; Sergio Vargas 2X2, R, 2B, SB, RBI, SacB; Christian Cabral 1X1, 2 R, SB, BB, RBI; Ruben Archuleta 2X3, 2 R, 2B, SB, 3 RBI and Derek Ramos 2X3, 2 R, 2B, 4 RBI
Sacrifices: Sergio Vargas

Sunday March 18 USSSA NIT Tournament @ Albuquerque
Game 3 (Elimination Round) 9:45 AM @ Las Lunas: Bandits 24 NM Ravens 0 (run rule)
Bandits scored 24 runs in first inning. This was the only game in the tournament the Bandits did not trail their opponent at some point in the game.
Winning Pitcher: Jacob Aguilar IP, 0 R, 0 H, K
Other Pitcher: Ruben Rodriguez IP, 0 R, 0 H, K
Offensive Leaders: Jacob Aguilar 3X3, 3 R, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 SB; Danny Ramirez 3X3, HR, 4 RBI, SB, 3 R; Sergio Vargas 1X1, 2B, 3 R, 4 SB, BB, HBP, RBI; Ruben Rodriguez 1X1, BB, 3 R, 3 SB, RBI; Noel Pinon 1X1, 2B, HBP, BB, 2 SB, RBI, 3 R; Ruben Archuleta 2X3, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, 4 SB; John Michael Mania 2X3, 2 R, 2B, 3 SB, 2 RBI; Derek Ramos 2X3, 2 R, 3 SB, 2 RBI; Christian Cabral 1X2, R, 2 RBI, SB and Jonathan Martinez 1X2, SB, R, RBI
“Taking A Dose”: Noel Pinon and Sergio Vargas

Game 4 (Quarter Finals) 11:30 AM @ Las Lunas: Bandits 6 E P Rangers 4
Jacob Aguilar hit two home runs over the fence driving in 5 runs; including the game winner with 2 out and 2 runners on in the bottom of the fifth inning rallying the Bandits from a 3-4 deficit
The Bandits trailed 0-3 early and 4-3 late going into the bottom of the fifth inning
Winning Pitcher: Danny Ramirez (Complete Game) 6 IP, 4 R, ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 3 K
Offensive Leaders: Noel Pinon 1X1, R, BB, SacB; Jacob Aguilar 2X3, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI; Ruben Rodriguez 2X3, 2 R; Sergio Vargas 2X3, SB, R; Jonathan Martinez 1X2 and Danny Ramirez 1X3
Sacrifices: Noel Pinon SacB
Bandits then grabbed a meal on the go and drove 20 miles to Belen

Game 5 (Semi-Finals) 2:10 PM @ Belen NM: Bandits 12 Southwest Stingers 4 (run rule)
Bandits trailed 0-3 in bottom of second inning when Danny Ramirez hit a fence clearing home run over center field to lead to a 6 run second inning
Winning Pitcher: Noel Pinon (Complete Game) 4 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 9 H, BB, 3 K
Offensive Leaders: Ruben Rodriguez 3X3, 3 RBI; Ruben Archuleta 2X2, 2 R, RBI, 2B; Derek Ramos 2X2, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB; Christian Cabral 1X1, 2 R, BB; Danny Ramirez 1X1, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB; Jacob Aguilar 1X2, 2 R, BB; Jonathan Martinez 1X2, SB, 2 RBI; Sergio Vargas 1X2, 2 R, HBP and Noel Pinon 1X3, 2B, RBI

The win was number 2450 for the Bandits baseball organization!!!

The Bandits then traveled approximately 35 miles south back to Rio Rancho to play the Mesquite All Stars who defeated Kaos 11-2 and had played at the same park the whole day

Game 6 (Finals) 5 PM @ Rio Rancho: Mesquite All Stars 8 Bandits 5
The Bandits trailed 0-4 and closed the gap to 5-6 but fell short
Offensive Leaders: Sergio Vargas 2X3, 2B, 2 R, SB, 2 RBI; Ruben Rodriguez 1X2, RBI; Noel Pinon 1X3, 2B, RBI; Jacob Aguilar 1X3, RBI; Ruben Archuleta 1X3; Derek Ramos 1X3; John Michael Mania R, BB, SacB
Sacrifices: John Michael Mania SacB and Christian Cabral SacB

Albuquerque USSSA NIT All Tournament Selections(3):
Jacob Aguilar had 3 home runs and drove in 5 of 6 runs in victory over EP Rangers and went 10X15 (.667 batting average)
Danny Ramirez had a complete game pitching win over E P Rangers, his Home Run started a comeback over Southwest Stingers and went 10X16 (.625 batting average)with 2 home runs
Ruben Rodriguez went 11X13 with a .846 batting average to lead the Bandits for the tournament; had clutch RBI’s and started the two out, nobody on rally in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Rangers that allowed Jacob Aguilar to come to bat and be able to launch his game winning home run

All Tournament Honorable Mention: Sergio Vargas had the second highest batting average on the team for the tournament hitting .714 going 10 for 14

Other Outstanding Offensive Performances included: Ruben Archuleta who went 10 for 15 (.667); Derek Ramos went 9 for 14 (.643); Christian Cabral went 4 for 8 (.500); Noel Pinon went 4 for 8 (.500); Jonathan Martinez went 5 for 11 (.455) and John Michael Mania went 5 for 12 (.417)
The Bandits finished second of 15 teams entered in the 12 and under USSSA NIT National Qualifier tournament held in Albuqerque New Mexico