SPOKANE – You couldn’t have prescribed better medicine for an ailing team than three road wins to nurse it back to health.
And that’s just the pick-me-up the Spuds got as they erupted for 35 runs to sweep the NE 49ers by identical 10-0 scores Saturday, and beat the Bandits 15-14 Sunday in Spokane.
“It took us a while to get it going in the first game of the doubleheader,” assistant coach Craig Carter said. “But once we got going, we were firing on all cylinders. Everyone hit the ball well … we pitched well … and played good defense.”
The Saturday games were blowouts for the Spuds to say the least. But the game against the Bandits Sunday wasn't decided until the final out in the ninth inning was recorded.
The Spokane-based Bandits jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings of play. The Spuds brought five across the dish to tie it 5-all in the top of the third.
The Bandits responded with four in the bottom of the frame to regain the lead 9-5. The Spuds knotted it up again 9-9 in the top of the seventh, and then went out front 13-9 with four runs in the top of the eighth. The sea-saw battle put the Bandits back up top 14-13 in the home half of the inning.
A clutch two-run single by Blake Springer in the top of the ninth sealed the come from behind 15-14 win for the Spuds.
“We spotted them four runs and were down 9-5 at one point in the game,” Carter said. “But the guys stayed focused and kept working hard … we brought Zack Wulf on in relief in the fifth and he did a good job keeping it close as we battled back for the win.”
Tyler Clark had the hot stick for the Spuds going three-for-five at the plate with five RBI. Springer finished with two hits in four at bats and four RBI. Wulf recorded the win on the hill and Jaime Vela picked up the save.
The Spuds are back at it Tuesday night for doubleheader action with the Pasco Sun Devils at Larson Field. The first game is scheduled for a 5:30 start.