The Manitowoc Bandits had a great home opener Friday night against the Branch Blaze. Branch jumped out to a 3 run first inning as the bandits committed 4 errors getting reacquainted with Municipal. It didn’t take long for an answer as Carter Stebane scored on an overthrow stealing second base. In the bottom of the fourth inning the bandits found their groove and put up 6 runs capped off by a 3 run Homerun from newcomer Jaicee Foster. The bandits added two more runs in the bottom of the eight inning. Lucas Mandich got win going 8 innings scattering 5 hits with 10 K’s. Jacob Gallagher struck out 3 in the 9th. Leading hitters for the bandits were Carter Stebane 2-4, 2B, RBI. Shad Hintz 2-5 RBI. Earl Vorpagel 3-4, RBI. Jaicee Foster 1-4, HR, 3 RBI.