The Tarboro River Bandits (10-2, 4-1) split a doubleheader with long-time rival Wake Forest Fungo on Monday night at Municipal Stadium, winning the first game 8-4 before dropping the nightcap, 3-2.

Not only did the Bandits have their bats in sync in the first game, pounding out a dozen hits, but right-hander Jared David (Barton) twirled a complete game, five-hitter for the win.

Tarboro opened the game with back-to-back-to-back doubles from James Moses (Towson), Liam McFadden-Ackman (Nothern Kentucky) and Tyler Dunn (Bucknell) to take a quick, 2-0 lead.

Hunter McLean (UT-Martin) then struck out before Harrison Johnson (Ohio) singled up the middle to make the score 3-0. Chase Heath (Central Missouri) hit a Texas leaguer to center to drive in the fourth run of the inning.

The Fungo came back to add two in the top of the second when they used a fielding error, a fielder’s choice and a couple of hits to get on the scoreboard.

David got out of the inning, stranding a pair when he got Kevin Pitarra (UNC-Wlmington) to fly out to center to end the inning.

The Bandits got those runs back in the second with two outs when McFadden-Ackman singled to center, followed by a home run to left by Dunn.

In the third, the Fungo again closed the gap by two when, with one out, Thomas Fox (Lewis) connected with a no-doubt homer over the scoreboard in left, followed on the next pitch by a home run to center by Trevor (UNC-Wlmington).

That made the score 6-4, Bandits.

The River Bandits got what turned out to be the winning run in the fourth when Heath homered to straightaway center off starter and loser Chris Gruskin (uncommitted).

The River Bandits scored an insurance run in the sixth when Moses, McFadden-Ackman and Dunn hit back-to-back-to-back singles with one out to cap the scoring.

McFadden-Ackman and Dunn each had three hits and scored two runs. Dunn had four RBI.

David recorded four strikeouts, all in the later innings, and recorded seven fly outs.


In the second game, as hot as the River Bandits’ bat were in the opener, they were fully chilled in the nightcap.

Wake Forest pitcher Kei Yamagishi (Queens) limited the Bandits to two runs on three hits while striking out seven to get the win.

The Fungo took a 1-0 lead in the first and never trailed.

Fox laced a two-out single, followed by a walk to Marsh and a single into the left field corner by Will Walker (Meredith) to drive in Fox.

Wake Forest added two runs in the fourth when Brady Whitaker (Potomac State) singled to left to open the inning and was followed by a home run to right field by Shea Ward (Pitt Community College) to make it 3-0.

The Bandits rallied in the bottom of the inning when Jarrett May (Mercer Community College) was hit by a pitch to open the inning.

After Johnson struck out, Ty Barrango (College of San Mateo) walked, including a pair of wild pitches that allowed May to reach third.

Dane Hoggard (Seton Hall) then walked, including a wild pitch that scored May.

Brady Plunkett (Rider) and Moses then both walked to score May, but McFadden-Ackman struck out to end the inning and leave the base loaded.

The Bandits got runners in scoring position in both the sixth and seventh innings but were unable to score.

The Bandits took a road win in an afternoon road game Tuesday against the Norfolk Redbirds, 11-4.

The Bandits are at home tonight against the Carolina Pirates and on the road Thursday at Edenton before home games Friday through Sunday against the Fungo, Steamers and Fuquay-Varina.