Bandits opened up the Navarino Hardball Challenge with a tough first game losing to Nichols 1-0. The Nichols Nitros played a run in the top of the 4th and that was the only run of the game. Dylan Knoepsel for the Bandits threw a complete game 3 hitter with 8 K’s. The Bandits out hit Nichols 7-3 but couldn’t combine those hits into a run. The Bandits play Game 2 of pool play on Sunday at 10am. We are in a very good position for a wild card berth into the semifinals with a win over the Bonduel Broncos and keeping the runs scored against very low. We will have a better idea as today’s games are played.