RiverBandits Baseball: News & Announcements

Tuesday, June 20
Bandit 2017 Draft Picks

Sunday, April 2
River Bandits to Host National Regional in 2017 and 2018
2017-Regional-Great Lakes.jpg

The National American Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis, In has awarded Napoleon Post 300 as the HOST for the 2017 and 2018 National Great Lakes Regional Tournament! Napoleon will be the first team in Ohio to host this tournament since 2008. Previous Posts in Ohio to host this premier tournament are:


1987: Steubenville

1992: Steubenville

1998: Lancaster

2001: Lancaster (Napoleon won and advanced to the World Series in Yakima, WA)

2004: Cincinnati

2008: Chillicothe

Games will be played at Mercy Field in Holland, Ohio. National Headquarters have set certain parameters when it comes to field specifications. Lights, field dimensions, sizeable press box area, ample permanent seating and hotels are just a few of the requirements that need to be met. Mercy Field meets all of the specifications and it also is an all turf field which was a huge determining factor in getting the bid.

"On behalf of Post 300, we are extremely excited about having the opportunity to showcase American Legion baseball in Northwest Ohio. We will obviously want this to be a first class experience for all of the teams who will be participating," states Randy Bachman, General Manager of the Napoleon River Bandits. The winner of this tournament will advance to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, NC

2015 River Bandit Draft Picks

2015 Draft Edition

Saturday, December 14
2013 Championship Ring Ceremony
2013 Championship Ring
2013 Championship Ring

The 2013 River Bandits Baseball Team held their post-season awards banquet this evening at the Napoleon Ohio American Legion Post 300 Hall, including many stories and reminiscing about the wonderfully successful 2013 season.  The highlight of the evening was the Ring Ceremony, in which each player and coach received a personalized ring with the River Bandit's logo encrusted with gem stones.  Truly a prized reward each will cherish for a lifetime, with the memories that come from this championship season. 

Congratulations to all!!


2014 Great Lakes Regional

Bandits Headed Back to Great Lakes Regional


For the second consecutive year the Bandits qualify for the Great Lakes Regional
Follow the Napoleon River Bandits quest for a Regional Championship 
on Twitter at 
@napoleonbandits or @legionbaseball.  On the web at Great Lakes Regional Tournament.  

Thursday, November 14
Congratulations to Zach Willeman!!
Zach Willeman LOI

Congratulations to Zach Willeman!!

Signs NCAA Letter of Intent to play baseball at

Kent State University

Quote from Kent State's website:  Willeman rounds out the early signing class.  The 6'2" right-hander out of Napoleon High School compiled four wins and 77 strikeouts in 57 innings his junior season.  He also helped his summer team, the Napoleon River Bandits, to a 2013 Ohio American League state and regional title while recording eight wins in 98 innings, only allowing 68 hits while striking out 124 batters.
"Zach is a very, very dynamic right-handed pitcher who mixes an 87-90MPH fastball with a very hard, upper-70's breaking ball and a developing change," said Duncan.  "He is extremely confident and again, a great student.  He's one of those guys who gets stronger as the game goes on."

Enjoy Pictures of the 2013 Championship Season

Select this link to enjoy the memories of the 2013 Championship Season!  This album can also be selected from the Photo Album tab, found on the lower, left menu bar.

Monday, September 23
River Bandits Record Book
The River Bandit Record Book has been revised to include the 2013 Summer Season.  Please select the below link to download.

Handout: River Bandits Record Book thru 2013

2013 Regional Champions

Bandits Punch Their Ticket to Shelby, NC

2013 American Legion Great Lakes Regional Champions - Qualify for the AL World Series!!
Follow the Napoleon River Bandits quest for a World Series Championship
on Twitter at
@legionbaseball.  On the web at www.Legion.org/Baseball
All games can be watched on ESPN3
Follow LIVE play-by-play GameTracker, ESPN3, boxscores, photos & brackets
1st game for the Bandits is this Friday, August 16th @ 9:30 AM
Witness the 2013 Regional Championship Dog Pile HERE!

2013 Regional Champions
2013 Great Lakes Regional Champions

Monday, July 1
Congratulations to Marc Krauss!!

Congratulations to Marc Krauss!!
Records his 1st Major League Hit on June 25th, 2013.

Patrick Henry graduate and River Bandits Alum, Marc Krauss, playing for the Houston Astros, made his first Major League start Sunday, June 23rd, against the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field.  Marc, drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009, recorded his 1st MLB hit (stand-up double) on Tuesday, June 25th.  See the VIDEO

Krauss said of his MLB debut, “It’s a dream come true, to be honest,” Krauss said in the MLB.com story. “It’s one of the most iconic places you can think of. When you think Major League Baseball, you think of Wrigley and Fenway, the history and tradition of these places. To be able to start here with the atmosphere they have, especially with these day games on the weekends, it’s pretty awesome. It’s pretty close to home, as well.  “It’s been great,” Krauss said. “It’s been a truly memorable experience and hopefully I’ll have some more memories to remember after today.”

Monday, June 17
RiverBandits Battle Against Breast Cancer
2013 Pink Shirts

Napoleon River Bandit Baseball Team


Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio Affiliate

 Sports for the Cure Events

Randy J. Bachman, General Manager of the Napoleon River Bandits, is announcing the Bandit Baseball team will be teaming up with the Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio Affiliate to host a weekend baseball challenge the last weekend of June.  The “Sports for the Cure” event,  will be held at Defiance College and Napoleon High School on June 28, 29 and 30th.  7 teams will be participating from 3 states - from Ohio will be the Bandits, Toledo, Beverly Lowell, Sandusky, and Pickerington.  Also competing will be Plymouth, In and Adrian, Mi.   

Gearing up for the event will be Komen items that will be available for purchase. Sports for the Cure t-shirts can be purchased at each site during the weekend. All participating teams will be wearing a special shirt on the SATURDAY of the tournament.  We are asking fans and supporters to purchase a t-shirt to help us raise funds for our local Komen Affiliate.  Cost of the t-shirts are $20.

We will also be raffling off 2 pink Louisville Slugger bats that weekend.  (picture attached)

Imagine a World without Breast Cancer. Up to 75% of net proceeds generated by the Komen Northwest Affiliate stay in Northwest Ohio and Southwest Michigan.  These funds are distributed through grants made to organizations that deliver treatment, services and education throughout the Affiliate’s service area.  The remaining 25% goes to the National Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program for energizing science to find the cures.  All the money sent to the National organization is designated for research. Komen Northwest Affiliate support is never used to support operations expenses at the National level.

Please join us to support this worthy cause.  Join the fun and show your support!  If you would like to purchase your shirt in advance, or make a donation, please contact one of the following people:

Julie Brown (439-1345), Jennifer Benner (553-0425) or Tara Henricks (467-3511)

If you would like to mail a donation, please send to Randy Bachman at PO Box 651, Napoleon, Oh 43545. Make Checks Payable to: Northwest Ohio Komen for the Cure

2013 Pink Bat

Monday, June 17
The RiverBandits Taking A Break
2013 Field of Dreams
Field of Dreams, 2013

The 2013 RiverBandits take a break to relax between games on the first leg of their trip. The first is at the The Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa and the 2nd is at Lake Minnetonka, MN. 

Good Luck, Bandits... Finish Strong!

2013 Lake Minnetonka-MN
Lake Minnetonka, 2013

Monday, May 27
Congratulations to Former River Bandits Qualifying for the 2013 NCAA Div. 1 National Tournament

The following former River Bandits have qualified for the 2013 NCAA Div. 1 National Baseball Tournament:

Anthony Kidston  - University of Louisville (Freshman 1B/RHP)
Ethan McKenney - Bowling Green State U.  (Junior RHP) 2013 All-MAC Tournament Team
TJ Losby - Bowling Green State U. (Junior 1B/Catcher) 2013 1st-Team All-MAC, Catcher
Levi Fisher - Bowling Green State U. (Junior RHP)
Trevor Blaylock - Bowling Green State U. (Sophomore RHP)
Brett Fitzwater - Bowling Green State U. (Freshman LHP)

The University of Louisville is host to the Louisville Region, seeded #1.  Bowling Green State U. has been paired in the Louisville Region, seeded #4.  BGSU will face Louisville in the Friday, May 31st game at 6:00 PM EDT.  This is a double-elimination tournament.  The ESPN family of networks will be televising all regional games - please consult ESPN.com for schedules, as well as additional team information can be found at http://bgsufalcons.com/index.aspx?path=baseball&tab=baseball and http://www.gocards.com/sports/m-basebl/lou-m-basebl-body.html.

Congratulations from the River Bandits, and Good Luck!

Tuesday, October 30
Chad Billingsley - 2013 American Legion Graduate of the Year!

It is with great excitement that I am able to announce Chad Billingsley as the 2013 American Legion Graduate of the Year!  Chad is a former player of the Napoleon Post 300 River Bandit Baseball Team and was a member of the 2001 team that made it to the American Legion World Series in Yakima, Washington.

I am extremely proud of Chad's accomplishments and for Chad to now be on a list with all of these current and future Hall of Famers (see the below handout) is truly an incredible honor!  Chad is the first player ever from Ohio to be selected for this accolade!

A special on-field presentation will take place at Dodger Stadium prior to a game next summer.

Randy J. Bachman
OHSAA Hall of Fame '07
GM Napoleon River Bandits Post 300

Handout: ALB Graduate of the Year Recipients List

Wednesday, May 30
Your 2012 River Bandits Roster
Check out Your 2012 River Bandits Roster under the Summer Roster tab.  Also, you can track the latest game results and upcoming schedule at the bottom of the Home page.  A huge "Thank you" to our friends at the Crescent-News for supplying the individual player pics and the team pic.  Best of luck, River Bandits!!

Thursday, April 26
2012 Season Preview

2012 Season Preview

With the Spring baseball season wrapping up, we hope everyone is getting ready to finish strong and go deep into each of your tournaments.  In the meantime, the River Bandits summer schedule has been finalized and can be found on the "Summer Schedule" and "Summer Calender" tabs.  We believe this summer's schedule will be among the most exciting seasons, ever.  Highlights will include:

Tournament Trips:
Troy Veterans Memorial Tournament (Troy, OH)
Wolverine Invitational (Blissfield, MI)
Gabby Mills Tournament (Midland, MI)
Bobby Goss Memorial (Eureka, CA)
Gopher Classic (Minneapolis, MN), the largest Am. Legion Tournament in the US (84 teams)

Stadiums include:
Miami University McKie Field  (Oxford, OH)
VA Memorial Stadium (Chillicothe, OH), home of the Chillicothe Paints (Frontier League) 
Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne Tin Caps (Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres)
Coveleski Stadium (South Bend, IN), home of the South Bend Silver Hawks (single-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks) 
Beavers Field (Lancaster OH), home of the 2012 Ohio State American Legion Baseball Tournament

Other Highlights:
Tour of Alcatraz Island, San Fransisco CA
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Fransisco Giants baseball game to watch/meet Chad Billingsley (River Bandit Alumni)
Oakland A's at Minnisota Twins baseball game while at the Gopher Classic

We start the River Bandits action on May 28th (Memorial Day) with a double-header at Miami University, and go non-stop through July.  Come ready to play hard, and continue the River Bandits Tradition!

Good luck with the rest of your spring seasons, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Shane Coleman                Randy Bachman
Head Coach                     General Manager

Saturday, March 10
Congratulations to Justin Watts!!
Justin Watts - LOI

Congratulations to Justin Watts!!

Signs NJCAA Letter of Intent to play baseball at

Lincoln Trail College

Monday, February 27
Thank You, Corporate Sponsors
The Napoleon River Bandits would like to express our sincere thanks to each of our 2012 Corporate Sponsors for their support.  There are 102 Corporate Sponsors that purchased adds on the 2012 Schedule Poster.  They can also be reviewed on the River Bandits website, within the "Support Our Sponsors" tab.  Please patronize our sponsors, and express your thanks the next time you have the opportunity to do business with them.

Monday, January 23
Congratulations to Ryan Masters!!
Ryan Masters - Letter of Intent

Congratulations to Ryan Masters!!

Signs NAIA Letter of Intent to play baseball at

Taylor University
Click HERE for article!

Monday, January 16
Congratulations to Nathan Stark!!
Stark - Letter of Intent

Congratulations to Nathan Stark!!

Signs NJCAA Letter of Intent to play baseball at

Lincoln Trail College

Thursday, December 8
Congratulations to Brett Fitzwater!!
Brett Fitzwater - LOI

Congratulations to Brett Fitzwater!!

Signs NCAA Letter of Intent to play baseball at the

Bowling Green State University

Saturday, December 3
2011 State Championship Ring Ceremony
2011 State Champion Ring Ceremony
Click HERE for video!
The 2011 Ohio State American Legion Baseball Champion Napoleon River Bandits were honored December 3rd, 2011 with a Championship Ring Ceremony.  Assisting with the presentation were Larry Adams, Commander of Post 300, Randy Bachman, the River Bandits' General Manager, and Chad Billingsley, former River Bandit and current LA Dodger.  After the presentation, Post 300 hosted a reception for all River Bandit alumni, during which two roster numbers were retired, # 10, in honor of former River Bandit Chris Carpenter's service in the MLB (Chicago Cubs), and # 30, in honor of former River Bandit Chad Reineke's service in the MLB (Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, and Cincinnati Reds). 

2011 State Champion Ring Ceremony

Tuesday, November 22
Congratulations to Anthony Kidston
Kidston - Letter of Intent

Congratulations to Anthony Kidston!!

Signs NCAA Letter of Intent to play baseball at the

University of Louisville 

Sunday, November 20
Congratulations to Collin Parcher!!
Collin Parcher LOI Signing

Congratulations to Collin Parcher!!

Signs NCAA Letter of Intent to play baseball at the

Ohio Dominican University

Saturday, July 31

C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s

to the

2010 Napoleon River Bandits

Ohio State Runners-Up

Record: 50-11

Welcome To Another Season of.........


We are excited to announce the schedule for 2011. Highlighting this summer will be a return trip to Alaska in early July! This marks the River Bandits fourth trip to The Last Frontier since 2002. While visiting we will be playing in three tournaments featuring teams from Alaska as well as the lower 48. These stops will include the Todd Ryan Memorial in Wasilla, the Bill Miller Big Fish Tournament in Kenai, and the BP Invitational in Anchorage.

Opening Day is May 29 at beautiful Miami University against the Portland Rockets. We will also be playing in the Veterans Appreciation Tournament in Troy, Ohio and the Wolverine Invitational in Blissfield, MI.

Other Highlights include games at......

  • Beavers Field-Home of the State Legion Tournament in Lancaster
  • Chillicothe's VA Field-Home of the Mid-American Conference Tournament
  • Parkview Field-Home of the Class A Tincaps in Ft. Wayne, IN
  • Indiana-Purdue University-Ft. Wayne, IN
  • Defiance College-Defiance, OH
  • St. Joseph's College-Rensselaer, IN

Tuesday, June 7

Congratulations to Justin Hancock!!

To Former River Bandit and Defiance High School Alumni

Justin Hancock

on being selected in the 9th round of the 2011

Major League Baseball Draft by the

San Diego Padres

Thursday, June 9


To Patrick Henry and River Bandit Alumni

Ajay Meyer

on joining the Toronto Blue Jays Organization as a free agent!!

Tuesday, June 14

CONGRATS to Chris Carpenter!




Friday, July 29


Congratulations to the Napoleon River Bandits on their 2011 Ohio State Championship. Napoleon defeated Pickerington in the championship game 8-7! The Bandits will now move onto the Great Lakes Regional to be held August 4-8 in Midland, Michigan. We will open play on Thursday, August 4 against the Wisconsin state champions in the second game of the morning session.

Please check here for further information related to radio and internet broadcasts!

Click HERE for video!

Sunday, November 20
Casey Schroeder - LOI

 Congratulations to Casey Schroeder!!

Signs NCAA Letter of Intent to play baseball at the

University of Kentucky
Click HERE for video!

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