After a Saturday split at home with Fuquay-Varina to open Carolina Virginia Collegiate League (CVCL) play, Tarboro’s River Bandits (13-5, 3-1) went on the road Sunday to sweep the Carolina Pirates, 11-0 and 6-2.
The opening of league play came on the heels of a 9-3 loss to Wilson’s Tobs on Friday night in which the Bandits jumped to a 3-1 lead in the third, but couldn’t maintain control of the game despite outhitting the Tobs, 10-8.
The two teams were scheduled to meet again on Monday in a single, nine-inning game scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Municipal Stadium.
Against the Coastal Plain League Tobs, the Bandits fell behind 1-0, in the first, but drew even in the second when centerfielder Phillip Boykin (Louisburg) homered.
Wilson regained the lead in the second when Dusty Baker reached on a single, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a wild pitch to make the score 2-1.
In the third, first baseman Kasey Caras (Messiah) singled, followed by a walk to shortstop Jarod Bingaman. Caras and Bingaman then advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch.
With Caras on third and Bingaman on second, second baseman Thomas Fox (Paul Camp) lifted a sacrifice fly to plate Caras.
With one out, third baseman Zack Whitacre (Potomac State) flied out to left, leaving Bingaman on second.
Then, with two outs, Boykin doubled to drive in Bingaman with the go-ahead run.
After back-to-back scoreless innings, Wilson added a single run in the fifth, two in the sixth and wrapped things up with three runs in the eighth.
The River Bandits left eight runners on base and committed two errors in the loss.
Tarboro continued its practice of working the arms of the pitching staff, using seven pitchers.
Jake Wolf (UNC-Greensboro) got the start before being relieved in the third by. Matthew Coker (Pasco-Hernandez), who gave way to David Dobson (UNC-Asheville), followed by Caleb Whitley (Mid-Atlantic Christian), Alex Crosby (NC Wesleyan), Cale Bolton (Brunswick CC), and Patrick Rogan (Paul Camp). Whitley was charged with the loss.
The Bandits got multiple hit games from Boykin (3), and Bingaman and Caras, with two hits each.
On Saturday, the River Bandits won the opener against the defending league champion Twins, 7-2, before dropping the nightcap by a 10-0 score.
On Sunday, the Bandits took the first game, 11-0, from the Thunder before completing the sweep, 6-2.
No game statistics were available for either doubleheader.