Wet Bandits hang tough to beat New Kicks on the Block

The Wet Bandits improved to 3-0 on the young kickball season with a rousing 7-3 victory over New Kicks on the Block on Monday night.

The back-and-forth battle featured two ties and two lead changes before the Bandits broke it open with a four-run fourth inning. The rally saw the first three kickers -- Helen, Amit and Amanda -- reach base and eventually score, with RKIs from Zach, Phil (who also scored later) and Big.

"They had an awesome pitcher, but at the end of the night, the Bandits proved they had the right stuff," said Big, who went 2-for-2 with 3 RKIs on the night. "Also, judging by the credit cards Asian found in the dirt by second base, we've moved beyond robbing houses and into identity theft!"

NKOTB got off to an early 2-0 lead as Big struggled with his command on the mound, but he helped his own cause in the bottom half of the inning with a single to drive in Amanda. The Bandits tied the game in the bottom of the second as Nancy followed Marshall's embarrassing strikeout with a single that scored Yuval. Frey added an RKI in the third inning to give the Bandits their first lead of the game.

On the defensive side, Kevin made several impressive throws from third base to first base, keeping his arm and shoulder fully attached each time.

But the play of the game came in the fifth inning, when Nancy and Marshall nearly collided on a pop-up to short center field. The ball bounced off Nancy and over her head, where Marshall bobbled it and was forced to make a diving catch. The play earned Marshall game MVP honors and help take some of the sting out of his earlier strikeout.

"Just when I think he couldn't possibly be any dumber, he goes and does something like this ... and TOTALLY REDEEMS HIMSELF!" said FBJ.

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