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Summer baseball takes pair from Ingram

By John Milner Special to the Courier

On Thursday, July 11, Bandera's summer baseball team encountered the Ingram Warriors in a doubleheader at Bandera High School and came home with wins in both games.

In the first game, the Bulldog bats showed up early with an eight run outburst in the first inning. The inning included a 3 RBI triple from Nicholas Salas, a 2 RBI double from Carson Wilke and a 2 RBI single from Jack Junker to put Bandera in the driver's seat.
From there, Bandera's pitching and defense, along with continued run support, allowed them to cruise to a 16-6 victory over the Warriors.
Contributors on offense included Calvin Bankston 2-4, Junker 3-3, Wilke 2-2 and hit by a pitch, Tim Malecha 1-3 with 2 RBI double, Bobby Ketterer 1-2 with a triple and a walk, Truman Hinton 1-2 and hit by a pitch, Salas 1-2 with a walk, JT Milner 2 walks, Jacob Kimbrell a walk and Colton Gisler added a RBI sacrifice fly with a walk and was hit by a pitch.
Every hitter in the lineup reached base at least once for the Bulldogs. In the pitching department, Nicholas Salas turned in three solid innings to get the win with Truman Hinton pitching the last inning of the time limit shortened game to close it out.
Game two saw Bandera fall behind 2-0 early but come back with seven runs in the second inning to take control of the game before holding on to win 11-7.
Kimbrell started on the mound and went two innings. He was followed by Gisler who threw two innings also and then Ketterer finished it up by pitching the last inning. Offensively, Gisler was 2-2 with a 2 RBI double and a walk, Milner 2-3, Ketterer 1-2 with a double and a walk, Malecha 1-2 with a RBI sacrifice fly, Kimbrell 1-3, Wilke 1-2 with a double, Bankston had two walks, Salas a walk and hit by a pitch, and Jack Junker added a walk.
Bandera has been working on getting to "the next level" this summer by stressing the "little things" that contribute to being successful. Examples of their progress showed up in the doubleheader with two sacrifice flies, four batters being hit by pitches and numerous outstanding defensive plays. As the summer season nears its close, the young men will continue to work toward these goals.
Currently, Bandera carries a 7-3 record and will be on the road for their next contest at Harper on Thursday, July 18 when they will face the Longhorns in a doubleheader.