Now in Minnesota after an extended Alaskan trip, the Napoleon River Bandits split a Friday doubleheader against teams from Manitoba, Canada and Minnesota.

Against Team Manitoba, the River Bandits were shut out for the first time all summer in a 3-0 loss.

Caleb Frank (Fairview) earned the loss for Napoleon in six innings pitched on the mound.

He allowed one earned run and five hits, while striking out three and walking two. A costly error in the sixth inning led to three Manitoba runs and cost the team the game.

The Bandits had trouble at the plate all game, as they managed just four hits and struck out 10 times. Brandon Shafer (Defiance) had two of the team’s four hits.

Things went better for Napoleon in the first game, however, as the Bandits scored in three of their four turns at-bat in a 9-0 win over Tri City (Minnesota).

Hunter Bostater (Fairview) had four RBIs to lead the offensive charge. Shafer and Jeron Williams (Archbold) each had two RBIs as well.

Napoleon had one run in the first inning, two in the third and six in the fourth to break the game open. Dakota Benner (Montpelier) started for the Bandits and threw five innings of two-hit ball. He struck out four and allowed no walks.

The River Bandits moved to 29-10 on the season and will play today against Chanhassen Legion.

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