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BANDITS FLASHBACK 2002 World Series National Championship (96 Teams 11U Compete)

2002 National Final. . . Chez Sidney Bandits 3 Bandits 2 (11 innings) in Little Rock Arkansas
It took just over 4 hours to decide the National Championship but the Louisiana team scored a run in the bottom of the 11th to claim the crown. The Chez Sidney Bandits faced our Bandits twice and handed them two 1-run losses with the title clincher taking 11 innings to decide in 105 degree weather. The Bandits trailed 1-0 before tying the game in the top of the 4th. They took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth but the Louisiana team took advantage of a defensive mental lapse to tie the game. Offensive Leaders: Matthew Ortega 1-1; Bobby Mares 1-2; Steve Vizcaino 2-4 and George Stoltz 2-5. The Bandits finished the year with a 66-17 record and a 7-2 record in the World Series and the third National Finalist designation in their history. Four of the final 5 Bandit games were decided by 1 run. The Louisiana team won the tournament with an 7-1 record and Central Arkansas finished third with a 8-3 record. The Bandit players earned watches, patches and baseballs for their effort as well as the opportunity to wear finalist rings celebrating their effort. Players named to the All Tournament team were: Kyle Bumpas, Jonathan Bustamante, Justin Lopez and Matthew Ortega and Head Coach Larry Hernandez. Congratulations for a valiant effort and thanks to all our families, friends and supporters!

Bandits 13 Central Arkansas Trailblazers 1 (Advance to National Finals)
Three times the Bandits met the Arkansas State Champs and the result was always the same. After a pool play 3-1 victory, the Bandits had a come from behind 3-2 win in championship play and advanced to the National Finals with a resounding 13-1 win.
The Bandits scored 9 runs in the first inning and never looked back. Matthew Ortega was the winning pitcher. Offensive Leaders: Justin Lopez 3-3; Josh Blancarte 1-1; Steve Vizcaino, Kyle Bumpas, and Julio Velez each went 2-3; Albert Pinon, Isaac Herrera and Ortega each went 1-2.

Chez Sidney (LA)Bandits 4 El Paso Bandits 3
In the battle of “Bandits” the Louisiana team took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the 6th and saw the El Paso Bandits rally for 3 runs and leave the tying run on 3rd base.
Losing Pitcher: Jonathan Bustamante
Offensive Leaders: Steve Vizcaino 1-1, George Stoltz 1-2 and Julio Velez 1-2. The Bandits now will play at Noon on Thursday August 1, to see who plays in the National Finals against Chez Sidney at 4 PM (CST). The Bandits have guaranteed themselves no worse than a 3rd place finish in the World Series.

Bandits 2 Texarkana Indians 1 (Bandits advance to Final Four)
The Indians scored a run in the 2nd and the Bandits tied the game in the bottom of the 4th. The Bandits scored what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the 5th to advance to the Final Four of the World Series. Julio Velez was the winning pitcher. Offensive Leaders: Albert Pinon 1-1, Isaac Herrera and Velez each 1-2.

Bandits 3 Central Arkansas Trailblazers 2
(Coach Larry Hernandez’s 1000th Win)
The Trail Blazers worked their way through the first round of the winner’s bracket and the two teams met again. The Trailblazers scored 2 runs in the first and were done for the day. The Bandits scored 1 in the 3rd, 1 in the 5th with 2 outs and won the game with a run in the top of the sixth. Isaac Herrera was the winning pitcher with Julio Velez picking up the save. Offensive Leaders: Herrera 2-2, Steve Vizcaino 1-1, and Albert Pinon who went 2-3. The win marked the 1000th victory for Coach Larry Hernandez.

Bandits 9 Magnolia Arkansas 1
Kyle Bumpas tossed the Bandits 3rd consecutive complete game and went 3-3 with a double to lead the team to a 5th round win in the Super Series World Series. Bobby Mares was 1-1. George Stoltz was 2-3, Julio Velez and Jonathan Bustamante each went 1-2. The Bandits continue undefeated into the 6th round of play with a 4-0 record coupled with a bye earned by winning their pool.

Bandits 3 Central Arkansas Trailblazers 1
Jonathan Bustamante threw a complete game no hitter. The Bandits only generated 2 hits but used their short game to earn the win.
The teams were each 2-0 entering the contest with the winner earning a bye in the 4th round of play and advancing to the 5th round Monday afternoon. Central Arkansas won this year’s Arkansas State Championship.

Bandits 9 New Orleans-Lakeview Vikings 1 (2001 National Champs)
Matthew Ortega threw a complete game 2-hitter with 4 strikeouts and no walks.
Offensive Leaders: Anthony Carmona 2-2, Albert Pinon 1-1, Jonathan Bustamante 1-2.
The Lakeview Vikings won the 2001 USSSA National Championship.

Bandits 8 Flower Mound Jags 3 (2002 Super Series Texas State Champs)
The Bandits avenge a June loss to the Jags who claimed the Super Series State Championship in Euless. Isaac Herrera and Julio Velez each tossed 3 innings in the win.
Offensive Leaders: Anthony Carmona, Matthew Ortega, Justin Lopez and Jonathan Bustamante each went 1-2.