Mark Hanson continued to tear up opposing pitchers in this young season. Hanson went 2-4 raising his team leading average to .625. Hanson also swiped his first bag of the year. Hanson played a key role in the 6-1 Bandit victory. Kevin Leak also continued his hot hitting with a pinch hit single to raise his average to .500. Scott Davis drove in two RBI, with Sam Baltes and Jason Meyer each knocking in a run. The Bandits were able to show their aggressiveness on the basepaths by swiping seven, yes seven bases. Ryan Walker and Alex Mack each stole two bases and Jake Huwe, Mark Hanson and Aaron Hoese each stole a bag.
On the mound, Cliff Christopherson notched his second win on the young season by going seven frames allowing 4 hits with an unearned run and nine k's. Kevin Handt continued upping his stock on the bump throwing an inning and punching out two Rats in the process. George Walker was even able to give other guys a shot on the mound by throwing Aaron Hoese for the first time this season in hopes of adding depth to the bullpen. Hoese sent two Rats to the mouse trap as well.
Overall it was a nice night as the Rats intimitaditing size didn't get the Bandits to flinch. Obviously the addition of the 6 foot 5 Kevin Handt has proven to be the needed tonic in the size department for the Bandits. Prior to Handt, the Bandits really only had Huwe and Cobb who each range in the 6'2 to 6'3 range. Good things are a brewing as the Bandits pitching staff looks to be conitnuing the stellar outings that were a staple of the 2010 and 2011 seasons.