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Bandits series 1 recap
The Bandits swept the Canberra Calvary in three games for the season opener.
11/19/2017 7:30 AM ET

The Bandits swept the Canberra Calvary in three games for the season opener. This is the start the two time defending champions wanted in their chase for their third Claxton Shield.

The Bandits started their season with an 8-5 win against the Cavalry on Thursday night. Ake scored his first RBI of the season on a line drive to right field scoring Whitefield. The Bandits came out swinging hard, but the Cavalry made amazing defensive plays at the wall to keep the Bandits from taking a big lead early in the game. Wade's two run home run in the fourth and Bennett's solo blast in the fifth got the offense firing for the Bandits. The bats continued to pour on the runs from two singles by Wade and Weisenburger, adding four more runs to the scoreboard. Searle closed the game and recorded his first save of the season.

Game two was a close match, as the Bandits fell behind early in the game, but rallied back to score five runs, winning the game 5-4. Nilsson recorded the Bandits first run in the second inning, and Bennett's two run home run in the fifth sparked the offense. Wade added two exciting runs in the sixth scoring Nilsson and Lutz. Canberra threatened in the ninth with bases loaded, but Searle performed well under pressure and got his second consecutive save of the season.

Bandits took game three of the series in a 5-2 win, with a standout pitching performance from Atherton and grand slam from Campbell. Atherton was solid on the mound for the Bandits with 12 strikeouts through 6 innings. Campbell hit a huge grand slam in the fourth inning putting the Bandits over the Cavalry 5-1. Nilsson was hot at the plate with two doubles and one single on the night. The Bandits played 7 innings due to a cancelled game three and rain delay on Saturday.

The Bandits head to Perth and Melbourne for the next two series. Stay tuned for more Bandits baseball.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.