Bandits use punishing pitching to stop Bears
The Belconnen Bandits have continued the Ainslie Gungahlin Bears' losing streak with a 2-0 win at Majura on Sunday.
Starting pitcher Chris Kimpton led the way with an outstanding effort, throwing a ''bunch of strikes'' to keep the Bears scoreless for seven innings, before Josh Parker relieved him to complete the shut-out.
Not only was Parker credited with the save, but he also helped produce on offence. James Trevanion drove him home to open the scoring in the fifth inning, after Parker doubled. Bandits coach Greg Patton got Trevanion home to finish the scoring.
While the Bears have suddenly hit a losing streak - after winning their first five games of the first-grade season - Patton wasn't predicting the slide to continue.
He said they simply caught Kimpton on a hot day, as he showed why he was part of the inaugural Canberra Cavalry roster.
''Just lights out, [Kimpton] came out threw a lot of strikes, all of his pitches were working, he said he was feeling really good today,'' Patton said.
The Tuggeranong Vikings were too strong for the Kambah Eagles, winning 11-6 at Wanniassa.
It also came after a dominant starting display as Sean Guinard spent the whole nine innings on the mound for a well-earned win.
Cavalry shortstop Kody Hightower had a dominant game in the infield for the Weston Creek Indians. The Indians stay top of the ladder courtesy of their 11-1 victory against the winless Woden Rebels at Stirling. While the Rebels have lost all nine games this season, coach Garth Jensen was happy with his young side's efforts, but not those of the umpires and was nearly ejected.
AT A GLANCE
ACT first grade: Bandits 2 bt Bears 0; Vikings 11 bt Eagles 6; Indians 11 bt Rebels 1.