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But for a single run: Big Sticks take crushing losses in three consecutive outings

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Nick Flesher and the Badlands Big Sticks took a punch to the gut three days in a row as the Sabre Dogs walked them off on the final play of the game in all three contests. (Jake Wright / The Dickinson Press)

Three games came down the final inning with the lead or tie, and each resulted in loses as pitching errors and hardships on the mound left the Badlands Big Sticks down 0-3.

Friday night's troubles began when Michael Reddick skipped a wild pitch in the tenth inning of the Big Sticks vs. the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs game and resulted in a 1 run loss late. The next day, Logan Silberud gave up a single in the tenth frame to lose a tightly contested extra innings outing that ended in a single run loss. Sunday witnessed Souris Valley's Bo McClintock hammer a single late to bring the Sabre Dogs victory — yet again, by a single run.

Three games with one common denominator, the Big Sticks watched helpless as the Sabre Dogs walked them off in, not one, not two, but three consecutive days.

With the bases loaded, Reddick’s unfortunate mistake allowed Cullen Hannigan to race home and take game one by a score of 5-4.

All of Badlands runs were scored via home run in the contest as Conner VanCleave and Gaylan Young hit back-to-back bombs in the fourth inning and Wyatt Setian hit a two run shot in the seventh giving the Big Sticks a 4-2 lead.

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They could not hold onto the lead and the mistake in extra innings cost them.

Marcus Hughes drove in two runs in the top half of the tenth inning on Saturday giving the Big Sticks a 3-1 lead, but they unraveled in the bottom half of the inning leading to the walk-off.

With the game tied, Allen Grier stole second and third base, then the single by Dineson won it for Souris Valley, 5-4.

Two errors and two unearned runs in the tenth inning aided the Sabre Dogs chances at pulling off the second dramatic win in as many nights.

For the trifecta on Sunday, Saturday repeated itself.

Badlands was up 5-2 before they couldn’t overcome a barrage of mistakes in the field in the bottom of the ninth.

The Sabre Dogs loaded the bases and Josh Soloman was hit by a pitch making the score 5-3, before McClintock pounded a pitch for a single and ripped the heart out of Badlands.

Justin Cooper, Soloman and Sebastian Murillo all scored unearned making the final score 6-5.

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The Big Sticks committed four errors in the bottom half of the inning leading to the crushing loss.

Badlands lost five games in a row entering Monday night’s game series finale and sat at 11-11 overall a game and a game and a half back in the Lewis Division of the Sabre Dogs who were 12-9.

Tuesday night the two teams will convene on Dickinson at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark to start a new three game series.

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