Three Rivers put up three runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh to run away with an 8-3 win over Fort Smith on Sunday to split its doubleheader, having dropped the opener 3-2.
After spotting the Sportsmen a run in the bottom of the first, the Bandits (8-1) put up three runs in the top of the second, the first two coming on a single courtesy of Darren Daniels that scored Carson Foreman and Sam Replogle. The third run came home on a bases-loaded walk scoring Tristen Freeman to make the score 3-1.
Three Rivers added a run in the fourth then saw Fort Smith tally single runs in the fourth and fifth to cut the deficit to 4-3.
The Bandits created some breathing room with a three-spot in the sixth on a double by Nick Sizemore, plating Brock Hendrix, a single by Boone Lasater scoring Sizemore and a wild pitch that brought home Lasater making the score 7-3.
The Bandits closed out the scoring in the seventh when Hendrix scored a wild pitch. Caleb Burchfield got the win going three innings and allowing one run on two hits and striking out one.
In the first game, the Bandits jumped on top with two runs in the top of the first on a double by R Stockman, scoring T Fourkiller, and a single by Lasater plating Stockman.
The lead would hold up until the bottom of the third when the Sportsmen tied the game with two runs and pushed across the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth. Kaden Alexander took the loss.
The Bandits return to the diamond with a doubleheader against Doenges at 6 p.m. Wednesday.