Longmire’s walkoff homer launches River Bandits into championship series!

The Quad Cities River Bandits celebrate Nick Longmire's walkoff homer that completed a sweep of the Kane County Cougars in the Midwest League Western Division Finals.

What a great day for baseball in the Quad Cities — and I’m not just talking about the weather. I’m referring, of course, to Nick Longmire’s walkoff homer that launched the River Bandits into this year’s Midwest League Championship Series.

For most of the game, it looked like it was Kane County’s day. The Cougars led 5-0 as late as the 8th inning, but the River Bandits clawed their way back into the game with two runs in the bottom of the 8th and added another run in the bottom of the 9th, setting up Longmire’s clutch 3-run homer.

I was standing down the leftfield line when Longmire hit the homer, and I stood amazed (and shouting) as Kane County CF Brett Eibner and LF Brian Fletcher ran back toward the wall … and kept running … and then stopped and watched, with the rest of us, as the ball sailed out of the park. It was an awesome moment.

Interestingly, as the River Bandits advanced to the championship series, the Eastern Division Finals that will determine their opponent had barely begun. (The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Fort Wayne TinCaps 4-1 in Game 1 tonight.)

The Midwest League Championship Series starts Wednesday.

River Bandits CF Nick Longmire scores a run in the bottom of the 8th inning.

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2 Responses to Longmire’s walkoff homer launches River Bandits into championship series!

  1. TJMC says:

    Reminds me of 2002 when I saw Chris Duncan of the Chiefs hit a walk-off to win a playoff series. Great stuff.


  2. Believe it or not, I’ve been to four games at Modern Woodmen Park this year (not counting the All-Star Game), and the River Bandits won three of them on walkoff homers. (The others were hit by Jonathan Rodriguez and Chris Edmondson.) They may want to make sure I’m at all their home games in the Midwest League Championship Series. Not that they’ve needed my help to get this far — this team is very good and could win it all, as long as the two-day layoff before the series doesn’t slow them down.


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