CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Another postseason preview for the Quad Cities River Bandits ended in heartbreak.
The hosting Cedar Rapids Kernels claimed victory Friday in walk-off fashion, 2-1 in a meeting prior to their scheduled playoff series next week.
Spencer Steer smacked a one-out line drive single in the ninth inning to plate Daniel Ozoria and end the classic contest at Perfect Game Field.
Ozoria reached base on the only Bandits error, a two-base throwing miscue by QC reliever Layne Henderson (2-2).
The Bandits fell to 78-55 overall while Cedar Rapids improved to 75-62.
QC returns home to open the final home series of the regular season tonight. First pitch is 6:35 p.m. against Wisconsin.
The Bandits only run Friday tied the score in the eighth inning. Oscar Campos singled home Austin Dennis.
Cedar Rapids broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning on an RBI triple from Gabe Snyder.
The Bandits were outhit 9-7, with Campos accounting for two of QC's hits, none going for extra bases.
Henderson's failed relief appearance included a pair of strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.
The late rally by the hosts ruined a sparkling 6 2/3 innings by QC starter Matt Ruppenthal. He struck out seven, walked one and allowed only the one earned run on seven hits.