Bandits face West Lyon in Championship

The hometown River Bandits team made it to the championship game of the Bud Kemper Baseball Tournament held in Ireton. The Bandits finished in second place.

IRETON—A prestigious tournament held annually in Ireton for 51 years now was held Friday and Saturday, June 28-29 in Ireton.

Houlton organizes Bud Kemper Tourney

Bud Kemper Tournament organizer Dustin Houlton (left) talking game rules with one of the hired umps at the tournament.

The Bud Kemper Pee Wee Baseball Tournament is one of the only tournaments around that announce each game and offer a large trophy for the team who wins the sportsmanship award. This year that award went to the Spencer team.

River Bandits place second

Coming in second place at the Bud Kemper Baseball Tournament was the River Bandits made up of local baseball players. Members of the team are (front, from left) Oliver Houlton, Drew Kramer, Koleson Popken, Zac Van Meeteren, Charlie Houlton; (back) coach Ryan Kramer, Drake Lynott, Kolton Koopmans, Tanner Lynott, Javin Bruner, Blake Wiggins, Cooper Anderson and coach Dustin Houlton. Conner Bergsma is also a member of the River Bandits.


West Lyon sixth placed first and the hometown River Bandits team placed second. MVP of the tournament went to Tate Hawf from West Lyon and Top Hitter went to Kolton Koopmans from River Bandits.

Members of the River Bandits team are Charlie and Oliver Houlton, Drake Lynott, Kolton Koopmans, Tanner Lynott, Drew Kramer, Cooper Anderson, Koleson Popken, Zac Van Meeteren, Blake Wiggins and Javin Bruner. Coaches for the Bandits are Ryan Kramer and Dustin Houlton.

Houlton throwing heat

Charlie Houlton was throwing heat during the first game the River Bandits played Friday, June 28.

Catching for the River Bandits

Protecting home plate for the River Bandits team was Kolton Koopmans.

Infield was strong

Drake Lynott ready at second base during the Bud Kemper Baseball Tournament in Ireton.

Lynott Defense

Tanner Lynott played shortstop for the first game of the tournament for the River Bandits.

The championship game featuring West Lyon sixth grade and the River Bandits was also broadcast live on Sioux County Radio.