A pinch-hit grand slam by Kasey Caras (Messiah) on a 1-0 count in the top of the fifth lifted the Tarboro River Bandits to a 6-4 come-from-behind win over the Fuquay-Varina Twins in a rain-shortened game Wednesday at Memorial Stadium. Game two of the scheduled double header, in which the Bandits were the visitors, was rained out.
The River Bandits made the most of their opportunities, which were few and far between, as Twins starting pitcher Hunter Barnes (Methodist) kept the Bandits off-balance until the fifth.
Tarboro had gotten to Barnes in the fourth, scoring a run and getting a pair of runners into scoring position before Barnes struck out Shea Ward (Pitt) and Grant Jarman (UNC-Greensboro) to end the inning.
Tarboro entered the fourth trailing 3-0, but got a run back when Tre’von Smith (Glenville State) reached safely to open the inning and took second on a wild pitch.
Catcher Billy Davis (Messiah) singled to left to drive in Smith and advanced to third on a single and error to right center by Matthew Coker (Pasco Hernandez). Coker took second on the fielding error, but both he and Davis wound up stranded.
In the fifth, Matthew Mangum was hit by pitch to open the frame and took second on a slap single down the left field line by Bradley Cutler (Maryland-Eastern Shore). Both runners advanced on a wild pitch.
A walk to Gage Riddick (Eastern Mennonite) loaded the bases and a walk to Smith plated Cutler and left the bases loaded for Caras.
Caras drove the second pitch deep to left-center to clear the bases and put the Bandits on top, 6-3.
An intermittent shower intensified as Zach Woolard (NC Wesleyan) started his second inning on the mound for Tarboro.
Woolard forced a ground out and a fly out to left before Mike Snyder (Indiana Tech) homered to right and the rain began to fall in sheets.
After a brief delay, the first game was declared official and the second game cancelled.
Tonight, Tarboro (14-5 overall, 3-1 CVCL), hosts the Carolina Yankees of Greensboro in a nine-inning game slated for a 7 p.m. start and on Independence Day, the Bandits have a 2 p.m. twin bill with the Twins. The Catawba Valley All-Stars come to town for a nine-inning game Monday at 7 p.m.
River Bandits home games are live streamed over the Tarboro River Bandits Live Stream Facebook page.