For the first time, the Idaho Falls Bandits are headed to the American Legion World Series.
The Bandits won twice Sunday to claim the Region 7 championship, beating Kennewick (Washington) and Bozeman (Montana). Against Kennewick, Idaho Falls pitcher Randon Hostert threw a no-hitter — his second of the regional tournament.
The Bandits (56-6-1) are the third Idaho team in as many years to represent the Northwest region at the American Legion World Series, following the Lewis-Clark Twins in 2017 and the Mountain View Toros last year.
I.F. begins its World Series on Thursday against Fargo, North Dakota, at 2 p.m. MDT. The eight-team tournament is held in Shelby, North Carolina.
Games Friday through Monday will be nationally televised on ESPNU. Tuesday’s championship will move to live nationally televised coverage on ESPNews. All games are also available online at espn.com/watch.
No Idaho team has won the American Legion World Series since it was first held in 1926. Two Idaho teams have reached the tournament final — Pocatello in 1926 and Lewiston in 2001.